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Samurai Japan News and Notes: March 9, 2013 @ 4:42pm

by on Mar.09, 2013 @ 4:42 pm, under WBC

Robbie Cordemans could get the start for the Netherlands on Sunday against Kenta Maeda.

Source: Sponichi 3/9/2013

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Masahiro Tanaka will likely be available to pitch out of the bullpen on Sunday against the Netherlands.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/9/2013

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Takashi Toritani did have the green light to run if he felt he could steal a base in the 9th inning, but was not explicitly told to run.  First base coach Koichi Ogata did tell Toritani that he thought the pitcher's motion to the plate was not that fast.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/9/2013, Daily Sports 3/9/2013

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Shinnosuke Abe's RBI single to right in the 8th inning was his first hit of the tournament.  Prior to the hit: 0-for-11 with one walk.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/9/2013

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Of the twenty-eight players on the roster, twenty-one made it into Friday night's game against Chinese Taipei -- seven pitchers and fourteen position players.  Kazuo Matsui was the only position player that did not play.

Source: Sponichi 3/9/2013

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Games from March 8

NPB Players on WBC Teams

  • Alex Maestri (ORI/ITA) vs CAN: 58-32 NP-S, 13 BF, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
  • Wladimir Balentien (YAK/NED) vs CUB: 2-for-5, 3 LOB
  • Andruw Jones (RAK/NED) vs CUB: 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 LOB
  • Scott Mathieson (YOM/CAN) vs ITA: 43-25 NP-S, 11 BF, 1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR
  • Dustin Molleken (HAM/CAN) vs ITA: 20-10 NP-S, 7 BF, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO