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Samurai Japan News and Notes: February 24, 2013

by on Feb.24, 2013 @ 11:33 pm, under WBC

Of the eighteen pitches Kazuhisa Makita threw on Saturday, fourteen were fastballs.  The top speed: 128km/h.

Source: Sponichi 2/24/2013

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It would have been Takeru Imamura in the 9th if Samurai Japan was still trailing 2-0 on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2013

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It could be Kenta Maeda and Hirokazu Sawamura in Game 2 against China (March 3).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2013

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If the team makes the second round, the starters will likely be Masahiro Tanaka, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and Atsushi Nomi.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2013

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The hitters may have had a hard time adjusting to the larger outside corners of the strike zone on Saturday night.

Source: Sponichi 2/24/2013

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Yoshio Itoi is a candidate to bat lead-off.

Source: Sponichi 2/24/2013

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Australia manager Jon Deeble on Saturday night's game:

Our pitchers did well outside of that one pitch to [Ryoji] Aikawa.  Our offense was better than Japan's.  We're about the same on defense.  I think we can beat Japan [if we face them at the WBC]. ... I have been watching [Masahiro Tanaka] for about four or five years.  I knew what was coming before he threw the ball.

Source: Sponichi 2/24/2013

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WBC Brazil arrived in Japan on Saturday and worked out at Kyocera Dome for about two hours today.  They are scheduled to play practice games against Orix (26th at Kyocera Dome) and Softbank (28th at YafuOku Dome).

Source: Sponichi 2/24/2013