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[3/6/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Hiroshima, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Mar.06, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano threw fifty-six pitches in the bullpen at Giants Stadium today.  Sugano's next start will likely come in an exhibition game against Hanshin at Koshien on the 10th.

Ryosuke Miyaguni threw fifty-five pitches in the bullpen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2013

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Interim team captain Yoshinobu Takahashi will be traveling with the team on the ten-day road trip that began on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 3/6/2013

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The Giants gave 5th round draft pick Masaki Sakaguchi a look at first during an exhibition game against Nippon Ham today.  He could end up competing for a roster spot with Taishi Ota.

Source: Sanspo 3/6/2013, Daily Sports 3/6/2013

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A championship ring ceremony will be held before the opening day game against Hiroshima at Tokyo Dome on the 29th.  Over forty old timers will participate in the ceremony and present the rings to the players.

Source: Sponichi 3/6/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Kentaro Nishikawa started an exhibition game against Hanshin today and will likely get another chance on the 11th against Yomiuri at Hamamatsu.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2013

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Takuya Asao threw forty-one pitches to a standing catcher at Nagoya Stadium on Tuesday.  It was his first session since returning from WBC mini-camp.  Asao told reporters he was at about 80%.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2013

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The starting rotation currently includes Kazuki Yoshimi, Masahiro Yamamoto, and Soma Yamauchi.  The remaining three spots are up for grabs.  Kenichi Nakata, Yudai Ono, Junki Ito, and Shinji Iwata are all possibilities, but none have managed to impress Morimichi Takagi enough to be given a spot in the rotation.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Today's practice game against a team of players from Industrial League teams in Hiroshima:

2nd round draft pick Seiya Suzuki hit a double in his first trip to the plate.  He also committed an error in the 3rd with the bases loaded and two out.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2013 ... 4th round draft pick Ko Shimozuru missed the game with acute gastroenteritis.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2013

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Yusuke Nomura is scheduled to start an exhibition game against Yokohama at Shunan on the 10th.  His first regular season start could come against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on March 31.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome took 173 swings during batting practice at Koshien on Tuesday and hit four over the fence in right.

Source: Sanspo 3/6/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami's first regular season game could either come on March 30 vs Yakult at Jingu or April 3 vs Chunichi at Kyocera Dome.

Source: Sanspo 3/6/2013

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2nd round draft pick Fumiya Hojo could get a chance to play in an Ichi-gun exhibition game at Koshien during the team's current home stand (seven games between today and the 13th).

Through  Tuesday (six pre-season practice games), Hojo is 2-for-23 with one RBI.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2013

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A team rally was held at a Osaka hotel today.

Source: Sponichi 3/6/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Daisuke Miura is scheduled to start and pitch three innings in an exhibition game against Softbank on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2013

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Ikki Shimamura worked out as a catcher during practices on Tuesday for the first time since he was a second-year student in high school.  Kiyoshi Nakahata is interested in Shimamura as a possible emergency catcher.

Source: Sponichi 3/6/2013

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Renovations made at Yokohama Stadium over the off-season were unveiled to the media today.  Since February of last year, about 1.6B yen has been spent on improving the stadium.

Source: Sanspo 3/6/2013, Sports Hochi 3/6/2013