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Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars: February 24, 2013

by on Feb.24, 2013 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Kyosuke Takagi is slated to start the practice game against Samurai Japan on the 28th.

Ryuya Matsumoto is scheduled to start a practice game against WBC China on March 1.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2013

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Taishi Ota struck out twice today and has now struck out five times in a row, going back to Saturday's exhibition game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi sees Takeshi Yamasaki as a bat off the bench and a DH during Inter-league play.

Yamasaki understands where he stands but will not give up on trying to win an everyday job at first until a final decision is made.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2013

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Daniel Cabrera got the day off today because he is still having issues with his left calf.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Masato Akamatsu went to the hospital today and was diagnosed with viral pharyngitis and rested at the team hotel.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2013

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Shota Nakazaki threw over 350 pitches during a three-day period beginning on the 19th.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2013

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The pitching staff has not allowed a run in three straight games (practice game against Samurai Japan and two exhibition games).

Hanshin Tigers

Brooks Conrad gave a bat to a kid before leaving Nago Stadium on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami threw forty pitches in the bullpen today.  It was his third session in as many days.

Source: Sponichi 2/24/2013

Fujinami face Shinjiro Hiyama, Kentaro Sekimoto, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Takeshi Hidaka, and Akihito Fujii during situational batting practice on Saturday.

First five batters.  From the wind-up.  Fujii catching.  Hidaka = Fo9.  Sekimoto = Ks.  Nishioka = 1B to center.  Hiyama = G3.  Hidaka = Ks.

Last five batters.  From the set.  Hidaka catching.  Retired five in a row.

Threw everything other than the change-up.

Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2013

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2nd round draft pick Fumiya Hojo played in a Ni-gun practice game against Shikoku Ginko (Industrial League) today.  He started at short and batted sixth.  Hojo hit what was later ruled a double to right-center and was thrown out at third after slowing down at second.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2013

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The Tigers scored fifteen runs in an exhibition game against Nippon Ham on Saturday.  The last time they scored fifteen or more during an exhibition game was on March 13, 1998 against Yakult.

Source: Sponichi 2/24/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yuki Kuniyoshi threw ninety pitches in the bullpen today.  He is scheduled to pitch in a practice game against Nexen (KBO) on the 26th.

Kuniyoshi temporarily left the team on the 21st after his grandmother died on the 19th.

Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2013

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Alex Ramirez will return to the US to apply for a permanent resident card.  He is expected to return on the 28th.

Source: Sponichi 2/24/2013