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Samurai Japan News and Notes: February 25, 2013

by on Feb.25, 2013 @ 11:09 pm, under WBC

Tetsuya Utsumi is scheduled to start Tuesday's practice game against Hanshin.

Source: Sponichi 2/25/2013

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Even though the team had the day off today, Shinnosuke Abe did some light training at Kyocera Dome.

Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2013

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Kazuhisa Makita could end up becoming the closer with Tetsuya Yamaguchi and Takeru Imamura as set-up men.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2013

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Kenta Maeda and Hirokazu Sawamura will likely pitch Game 2 against China on March 3.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2013

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Atsunori Inaba and Nobuhiro Matsuda will likely be left out of the starting line-up for Tuesday's practice game against Hanshin due to their recent struggles at the plate.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2013

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Sho Nakata arrived at practices two hours early on Sunday to work on his hitting.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2013

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TV Ratings

Saturday's game (TV Asahi): from 6:30pm - 12.8%, from 7:18pm - 16.9%

Sunday's game (TBS): from 6:30pm - 12.6%, from 8:18pm - 17.0%, from 10:22pm - 13.2%

Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2013

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WBC Netherlands beat WBC Cuba 5-0 in a practice game played in Taiwan.  Wladimir Balentien hit a home run for the Netherlands.

Cuba went 2-2 in four practice games in Taiwan.

Source: Sponichi 2/25/2013

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WBC Cuba arrived at Kansai Airport today.  They are scheduled to play practice games against Hanshin on the 27th and Softbank on March 1.

Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2013

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Team China worked out for about an hour and a half at Kyocera Dome today.  They are slated play practice games against Orix on the 27th and Yomiuri on March 1.

Source: Sponichi 2/25/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2013

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WBC Brazil also worked out at Kyocera Dome today.  They are scheduled to play practice games against Orix on the 26th and Softbank on the 28th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2013