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Samurai Japan News and Notes: March 4, 2013 @ 4:21pm

by on Mar.04, 2013 @ 4:21 pm, under WBC

According to Nikkan Sports...

Samurai Japan considered three possible outcomes after the first two 1st Round Game -- both Masahiro Tanaka and Kenta Maeda do poorly, both do well, or only one does well.

Japan is expected to select four primary starters for the 2nd Round.  As it stands right now, the four could be Nomi, Toshiya Sugiuchi, Maeda, and Tetsuya Utsumi.  Tanaka could be shifted to the bullpen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/4/2013

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According to Sponichi...

Relievers will likely be used sparingly in Game 3 to keep them fresh for the 2nd Round.

The starting rotation for 2nd Round will be set after the standings in Pool B are decided.

Since standings for Pool B will be decided on the 5th, Japan will be able to set their plans before their game against Cuba on the 6th.

Tanaka, Sugiuchi, Maeda, Utsumi, and Nomi are candidates for the starting rotation.

Source: Sponichi 3/4/2013

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Tanaka could pitch out of the bullpen in Game 3 against Cuba.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/4/2013

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Hideaki Wakui entered the game on Sunday with two outs in the 7th inning.  Pitching coach Tsuyoshi Yoda hinted that Wakui would continue to be used as a reliever when he told reporters that they wanted to bring him in mid-inning.

Source: Sponichi 3/4/2013

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MLB scouts are showing an interest in Meada.

Toronto scout Russ Bove: "I already know about him.  He was the best of the bunch today.  I think he has great potential."

Source: Sanspo 3/4/2013

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The pitching staff struck out fifteen batters on Sunday against China.  That set a new team record for most strikeouts in a WBC game.  The previous record of twelve was set in 2006 (vs Korea) and 2009 (vs Cuba).

This was also the first time they recorded at least one strikeout in every inning and recorded strikeouts against all hitters in the starting line-up.

Source: Sponichi 3/4/2013

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Sho Nakata on sitting out Game 1: "It was not because I fouled a pitch [of my left knee].  I think it was an issue with my performance.  There are good players in front of me and behind me.  I want to keep [my swing] compact so that I can help our team keep the momentum."

Source: Daily Sports 3/4/2013

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Atsunori Inaba and Hisayoshi Chono continue to struggle at the plate.  Inaba is zero for his last seventeen (including practice games) and Chono is 2-for-27 in eight games (including practice games).

Source: Sponichi 3/4/2013, Sponichi 3/4/2013

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About 2,600 people attended a public viewing of Sunday's game against China at Tokyo Dome.

Source: Sponichi 3/4/2013

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Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal on the WBC and the financial benefit the players get.

In 2009, players for Japan each received about $90,000 for winning the tournament, according to an MLB official. USA players each received about $22,000 for reaching the semifinals, and a number of U.S. players donated their earnings back to USA Baseball, the official said.

Those sums might not entice major leaguers, who play for a minimum salary of $490,000. But the overall pool is even larger for the 2013 tournament — a total of $15 million, the source said. Members of the winning team each will receive about $121,000, a significant increase from '09.

Again, the bigger this thing gets, the more money there will be — for everyone involved.

Source: Fox Sports 3/2/2013 via Sponichi 3/4/2013

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Games from March 3

NPB Players on WBC Teams

  • Wladimir Balentien (YAK/NED) vs TPE: 0-for-4, 1 SO
  • Andruw Jones (RAK/NED) vs TPE: 0-for-1, 1 R, 3 BB
  • Hugo Kanabushi (YAK/BRA) vs CUB: 3-3 NP-S, 2 BF, 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
  • Daniel Yuichi Matsumoto (YAK/BRA) vs CUB: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 3 LOB
  • Dai-Kang Yoh (HAM/TPE) vs AUS: - 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 SO, 2 LOB

Players in other Japanese Leagues on WBC Teams

  • Carlos Yoshimura (Yamaha/BRA) vs CUB: 26-18 NP-S, 9 BF, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Diego Franca (Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kazusa Magic/BRA) vs CUB: 0-for-2, 1 SO, 2 LOB
  • Marcio Tanaka (JR Kyushu/BRA) vs CUB: 0-for-3, 1 SO
  • Reinaldo Sato (Yamaha/BRA) vs CUB: 0-for-4, 2 SO, 2 LOB