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Samurai Japan News and Notes: March 4, 2013 @ 11:44pm

by on Mar.04, 2013 @ 11:44 pm, under WBC

Masahiro Tanaka and Kenji Otonari worked out on the team's day off today.

Source: Sanspo 3/4/2013

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Koji Yamamoto watched Die Hard: Last Day (Japanese title) on his day off today.  He later said to reporters, "It was not that good.  The first one's for everything are always the best."

Source: Daily Sports 3/4/2013

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The team spokesperson released the following prepared statement from Yamamoto today:

As you can see from the first two games, it is not easy winning international games.  And in that, we managed to secure a spot in the 2nd Round today.  There are still many difficult games ahead of us.  I want to use our team cohesion as a strength as we carefully focus on each game, one at a time.  The only thing to do is to move forward toward our goal, with every member on the team doing their absolute best.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/4/2013

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Katsuya Nomura dropped the following comments about the WBC during a press conference earlier today:

On the first two games...

I watched the two games but they really irritated me.  Did it not irritate you (speaking to the media)?  I do not know, I just wish they could [play in a way that would] make the games a little smoother so that I can watch without worrying.

On Tanaka lasting just two innings...

Awful.  But he is usually bad in early spring.  He should not have been replaced.  I would not have started him in Game 1.  That is something you can tell just by watching a bullpen.  They probably can not tell because it is [pitching coach Osamu] Higashio.  That guy can not see anything.

Source: Sanspo 3/4/2013