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[3/8/2013] Chunichi, Yakult, Hiroshima, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Mar.08, 2013 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Junki Ito is scheduled to pitch in Saturday's exhibition game against Seibu.

Source: Sponichi 3/8/2013

Yakult Swallows

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 3,726 grams, on Thursday.

Source: Sanspo 3/8/2013

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The Swallows announced that tenor singer Masafumi Akikawa will sing the national anthem and actor Kotaro Koizumi will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the home opener on March 29.

Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

Bryan Bullington is scheduled to start an exhibition game against Yokohama on Saturday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2013

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Yuichi Hisamoto is scheduled to pitch up to three innings in Sunday's exhibition game against Yokohama.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2013

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Shota Dobayashi went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts (all in a row, beginning with his first at bat) over two exhibition games at Mazda Stadium.  He also committed an error in each game and started drawing some jeers from the fans.

Source: Sanspo 3/8/2013

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Through six pre-season games, as of Thursday, Brad Eldred is 7-for-16 with four RBI and two home runs.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Team owner Shinya Sakai watched his first exhibition game of the year at Koshien on Thursday.

Source: Sanspo 3/8/2013

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Kyoiku League game against Orix on Thursday:

2nd round draft pick Fumiya Hojo started at short and batted sixth.  He went 0-for-3.  He struck out swinging with runners on second and third and one out in the 7th inning.  Source: Sanspo 3/8/2013

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In fifteen pre-season games, through Thursday, Yamamto is 23-for-64 with eight RBI.

Source: Sanspo 3/8/20103

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Hirokazu Shiranita could find a spot in the back of the rotation (five or six).  He will probably get one more look before a final decision is made.

Source: Daily Sports 3/8/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen today.  Fujinami is scheduled to pitch in Saturday's exhibition game against Nippon Ham.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2013

Fujinami does not cut his nails, he files them.  He is especially careful of his thumb, index, and middle fingers.

Source: Daily Sports 3/8/2013

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Takahiro Arai took batting practice outdoors at Naruohama on Thursday.  He took sixty swings and hit four over the fence.

Arai was scheduled to take indoor batting practice, but the session was moved outdoors because the field was available.

Source: Daily Sports 3/8/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Nyjer Morgan missed today's exhibition game against Softbank with a contusion on the inner portion of his left knee.  Morgan suffered the injury while sliding into second in the 6th inning of Thursday's game against Softbank.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2013