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Samurai Japan News and Notes: March 7, 2013 @ 4:35pm

by on Mar.07, 2013 @ 4:35 pm, under WBC

Atsushi Nomi is expected to start Game 1 against Chinese Taipei on Friday.

Source: Sanspo 3/7/2013

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Kenji Otonari on his outing against Cuba on Wednesday: "I think I was able to pitch my game.  The home run is something I need to work on. ... I knew I could use the change-up to help me out, but I did not throw it very much."

Source: Sanspo 3/7/2013

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Masahiro Tanaka has given up a run in his first inning of work in all four games he has pitched in while wearing the Samurai Japan uniform this year (two WBC, two practice).

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/7/2013

Tanaka told reporters after Wednesday's game that he felt he may have figured something out and that he was improving.  And it may have all started when he threw the curve for the first time to Yasmany Tomas in the 4th inning.

Tanaka could be a candidate to start Game 3.

Source: Sponichi 3/7/2013, Sponichi 3/7/2013

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Hirokazu Ibata could become the starting second baseman in the 2nd Round.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/7/2013

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Katsuya Kakunaka could be moved up to the lead-off spot with Ibata hitting out of the two-hole and Kazuo Matsui and Atsunori Inaba heading to the bench.

Source: Sanspo 3/7/2013

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Inaba's hit in the 4th inning was his first in twenty-one trips to the plate (nine games, including WBC, practice, and intra-squad).

Source: Sponichi 3/7/2013

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Seiichi Uchikawa started feeling discomfort in his lower back during practices on the 5th.  He skipped pre-game practices on Wednesday, but did some light workouts in the indoor facilities and got some treatment for his back.  The coaches decided to leave him out of game as a precaution.  He should be fine for the start of the 2nd Round on Friday.

Source: Sanspo 3/7/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/7/2013, Sponichi 3/7/2013

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Advance scout Kazutaka Nishiyama was not able to record as much footage during his trip to Taiwan (he was stopped partway through), but still managed to collect a fair amount of data.

Source: Sponichi 3/7/2013

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Sadaharu Oh's take on Wednesday's loss against Cuba: "Today's win/loss does not matter much.  They should just think of it as an opportunity to measure how good the opponent was."

Source: Sanspo 3/7/2013

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Sanspo reporter Manabu Tashiro wonders why Yu Darvish decided not to play for Japan when it would have been the perfect opportunity for him to teach players about different training methods in the US.  Especially after he put down Japanese training methods last year.

Source: Sanspo 3/7/2013

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Cuba

The team held a moment of silence for Hugo Chavez at the team hotel before Wednesday's game against Japan.

Source: Sponichi 3/7/2013

Alfredo Despaigne was named Pool A MVP.

Source: Sponichi 3/7/2013

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Netherlands

Wladimir Balentien is excited about playing in his home-away-from-home.  He has been exchanging e-mails with Ryoji Aikawa during the tournament.

Source: Sanspo 3/7/2013

The Netherlands had ninety minutes of practice time at Tokyo Dome on Wednesday.  They reportedly spent about seventy-five minutes of it on batting practice.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/7/2013

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Chinese Taipei

The four players that play for teams in Japan during the regular took the day off on Wednesday.

Chien-Ming Wang checked on the mound at Tokyo Dome.

Source: Sanspo 3/7/2013

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Practice Games in the US on March 6:

  • Dustin Molleken (HAM/CAN) vs Cincinnati Reds - 8 BF, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Wil Ledezma (LOT/VEN) vs New York Mets - 8 BF, 1.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO