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Samurai Japan News and Notes: March 1, 2013

by on Mar.01, 2013 @ 11:44 pm, under WBC

The team worked out at Fukuoka Kogyo University today.

Source: Sponichi 3/1/2013

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Sho Nakata, Hisayoshi Chono, Kazuo Matsui, Shinnosuke Abe are all experiencing some aches and pains.

Nakata fouled a ball off his inner left knee in the 6th and was removed on defense the following inning as a precaution; Chono felt some tightness in his lower back while playing defense and was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 6th; Matsui has been working through some lower back pains; and Abe is having some problems with his right knee.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013

Abe's availability for Game 1 is unknown -- a decision will be made prior to the game.  If he cannot catch, he could make the starting line-up as a DH.  He did participate in practices today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013, Sponichi 3/1/2013

The discomfort Abe is feeling in his right knee is not in the same area as the pain he felt during the Nippon Series last year.

Source: Sponichi 3/1/2013

If Abe cannot catch, Ryoji Aikawa could get the nod.

Source: Sponichi 3/1/2013, Sports Hochi 3/1/2013

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Before Thursday's game, Hayato Sakamoto made a few adjustments to his hitting mechanics after he reviewed some footage from last season with batting coach Kazuyoshi Tatsunami.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

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Kenta Maeda threw forty-four pitches in the bullpen today.

Source: Sponichi 3/1/2013

Tetsuya Utsumi threw about forty pitches in the bullpen today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

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Kenji Otonari made adjustments to his mechanics in between innings during his outing against Yomiuri on Thursday night.

Source: Sponichi 3/1/2013

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Sponichi figures the following rotation:

Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka, Toshiya Sugiuchi, Atsushi Nomi

Game 2: Kenta Maeda, Hirokazu Sawamura

Game 3: Tetsuya Utsumi, Kenji Otonari

Late-Inning Relievers: Tadashi Settsu vs righties and Tetsuya Yamaguchi vs lefties

Closer: Makita Kazuhisa

Source: Sponichi 3/1/2013

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Samurai Japan advance scouts could not get any updated footage of WBC Korea in February because they were shutout from both practices and games.  Other countries have also had difficulty checking on Korea.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

Advance scout Kazutaka Nishiyama will be check games in Pool B.

Source: Sponichi 3/1/2013

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Asahi Group Holding published the results of an online survey they took about the 2013 World Baseball Classic between February 20-26.  Some of the results:

  • Who will win the 2013 WBC: Japan 64.2%, America 17.0%, Cuba 9.7%, Korea 4.6%, Brazil 1.2%
  • Are you interested in the 2013 WBC: Yes 67.5%, No 21.4%, Not sure 11.1%
  • Will you watch the 2013 WBC: Probably 61.7%, No 24.9%, Not sure 13.4%
  • Japan's biggest rival: America 69.6%, Cuba 58.4%, Korea 53.3%, Dominican Republic 7.1%, Brazil 4.0%

Source: official announcement

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WBC Brazil

Brazil received thirty cases of Guarana Antarctica from Japan supplier Arai Shoji on Thursday.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013

Brazil worked out for about two hours at the indoor training facilities at Fukuoka Kogyo University today.

Rafael Fernandes is slated to start Game 1 against Japan on March 2.

Source: Sponichi 3/1/2013

Andre Rienzo is currently scheduled to start Game 2 against Brazil on March 3.  However, Barry Larkin did tell reporters things can still change.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

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WBC Cuba

Cuba worked out for about two hours in Fukuoka on Thursday.  The team's spokesperson turned down media requests with Victor Mesa because tensions were reportedly high.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

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WBC China

John McLaren is not entirely happy that his team is the only one that has to play three straight days (Japan on Sunday, Cuba on Monday, and Brazil on Tuesday).  The other teams in Pool A have at least one off-day in between their three games.

He is also worried about the outfielders and their lack of experience playing in domed stadiums.

Source: Sponichi 3/1/2013