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[2/28/2013] Chunichi, Yakult, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Feb.28, 2013 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons closed out Chatan spring camp today.

Source: Sanspo 2/28/2013

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Kazuki Yoshimi is scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Hiroshima at Nagoya Dome on March 2.  He will then get regular starts on the weekends until the opening day game against Yokohama on March 29.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2013

Daily Sports adds that the Dragons may schedule Yoshimi to pitch in domed stadiums until opening day so he does not have to worry about rain outs.

Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2013

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Masahiro Yamamoto is scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Hiroshima at Nagoya Dome on March 3.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2013

Yamamoto threw eighty pitches in the bullpen today.  He ended up throwing about 1,250 pitches during spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 2/28/2013

Yakult Swallows

Akinori Iwamura will likely get a look at first base in an exhibition game against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome on March 2.  He is also expected to travel with the team on all road games this month.

In seven pre-season games (practice and exhibition): 8-for-14 with two home runs and four RBI.

Source: Sanspo 2/28/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2013

The Swallows are open to giving the number one back to Iwamura if he does well this season.

Source: Sanspo 2/28/2013

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Renovations at the Ni-gun facilities in Toda, Saitama are complete.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers closed out Ni-gun spring camp in Aki today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2013

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Ryo Watanabe and Ryoma Matsuda got MRIs on their right shoulders at a hospital in Osaka on Wednesday.  Tests came back negative for both players.

Watanabe and Matsuda complained of tightness in their shoulders during spring camp and were sent to Osaka for rehab as a precaution.

Source: Sanspo 2/28/2013

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With Hiroki Uemoto hurt, Fumiya Araki will likely get more playing time.

Source: Sanspo 2/28/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami has a red glove and blue glove.  He used the blue glove during workouts at Koshien on Wednesday.

Source: Sanspo 2/28/2013

Fujinami participated in workouts at Koshien today.  He did not do any pitching.

Source: Sponichi 2/28/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars closed out Ginowan spring camp today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2013

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Daisuke Miura threw 105 pitches in the bullpen today.  He threw a team high 2,572 pitches during spring camp this year.

Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2013

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Kiyoshi Nakahata is planning to give Yoshitomo Tsutsugo a look as a number three hitter.

Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2013

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The Bay Stars met Ginowan officials on Wednesday about making renovations to the indoor training facilities at Ginowan Stadium.

Said Nakahata, "This is the best stadium in Okinawa.  Maybe something can be done in a couple years.  I will not be around though (laughter)."

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2013

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A Daisuke Miura glove made by Gucci was auctioned off at a charity for 3.5 million yen.  The winner also gets a chance to face Miura.

A second glove will be put on display at Yokohama Stadium.

Source: Sanspo 2/28/2013