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Samurai Japan News and Notes: March 11, 2013 @ 11:26pm

by on Mar.11, 2013 @ 11:26 pm, under WBC

The team held a moment of silence before practices at Tokyo Dome today to mark the two-year anniversary of the March 11 Tohoku Earthquake.

Workouts began at 11:00am and were optional.

Source: Sanspo 3/11/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/11/2013

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Kenji Otonari is scheduled to start Tuesday's game.

Source: Sponichi 3/11/2013

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Hayato Sakamoto's workouts at Tokyo Dome today include trunk strengthening exercises.

Kenta Maeda and Masahiro Tanaka also worked out at the stadium.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/11/2013

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Hirokazu Ibata credits his current performance to two things: running and a 200-pitch soft-toss batting practice session from March 1.

Source: Sanspo 3/11/2013

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Takashi Toritani is using a 34.5-inch bat right now, one-inch longer than the one he used last season.

His lead-off home run on Sunday was his first hit of the tournament (thirteenth trip to the plate).

Source: Sponichi 3/11/2013

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Shinnosuke Abe has been using a one-kilogram training batDae-Ho Lee (ORI/KOR) sent him after the 1st Round.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/11/2013

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Kazuhisa Makita felt some tightness in his back/left side the day after he made a diving catch.  He felt much better after a massage and told reporters he was fine.

Source: Sponichi 3/11/2013

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Samurai Japan will take a chartered flight to Arizona after they play the final game of the 2nd Round on Tuesday.  They will play two practice games (San Francisco Giants on the 14th and Chicago Cubs on the 15th) before they move on to San Francisco on the 15th (US time).

Source: Sanspo 3/11/2013, Sponichi 3/11/2013

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Shigeo Nagashima visited Koji Yamamoto before Sunday's game and presented with a special Japan flag pin (white in diamonds/red in rubies) pin badge.  He gave similar pins to Sadaharu Oh and Tatsunori Hara during the first and second WBCs.

Source: Sanspo 3/10/2013, Sponichi 3/11/2013

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Sadaharu Oh and Tatsunori Hara are scheduled to watch the Championship Rounds in the US.

Hara will leave for the US after an exhibition game against Seibu on the 16th and return on the 21st.  Yomiuri head coach Masahiro Kawai will take over as interim manager while Hara is away.

Source: Sponichi 3/11/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/11/2013

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Records Japan set/tied/broke on Sunday:

  • Including innings eight through ten Friday (vs TPE), Japan has scored at least one run in their last ten consecutive innings.
  • The six home runs in one game tied a tournament record set by Cuba in 2009.  In that 2009 game, five players -- Frederich Cepeda (two), Alfredo Despaigne (one), Hector Olivera (one), Yuliesky Gourriel (one), and Yoennis Cespedes (one) -- accounted for the six home runs.  In Sunday's game, six different players each hit one home run.
  • Japan is the first team in tournament history to hit a home run in four straight innings and to hit for the home run cycle (solo, two-run, three-run, grand slam).
  • Set a new team record with seventeen hits.  The previous high of fifteen was set four times.  The tournament record of twenty-two hits was set by Australia in 2009.
  • At forty years and seven month, Atsunori Inaba set a new tournament record on Sunday for oldest player to hit a home run.  The previous record of thirty-nine years and eight months was set by Moises Alou during the 2006 WBC.
  • Takashi Toritani joined Ichiro Suzuki as just the second Japanese player to hit a home run to lead-off a tournament game.
  • Maeda Kenta struck out nine and set a new tournament record for a Japanese player.  The previous high of eight was set by Koji Uehara (2006) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (2009).  The tournament record of ten, for all players, was set by Ubaldo Jimenez in 2009.
  • Set a new record with ten extra base hits.  The previous record of nine was held by three teams.
  • Set a new record with thirty-nine total bases.  The previous record of thirty-four was set by Australia in 2009.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2013, NIkkan Sports 3/11/2013, Sports Hochi 3/11/2013

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A moment of silence to mark the two-year anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake was held before tonight's game between Cuba and the Netherlands.

Source: Daily Sports 3/11/2013

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Cuba

The team held practices at Tokyo Dome on Sunday.  Workouts were light and lasted about ninety minutes.  Players were also once against seen working on bunts and slash bunts.

Source: Sponichi 3/11/2013

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Netherlands

Wladimir Balentien appeared to tweak his left leg while running the bases in the 3rd inning.  He remained in the game but was later removed on defense in the 3rd.

Source: Sanspo 3/11/2013

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Games from March 10

NPB Players on WBC Teams

  • Wil Ledezma (LOT/VEN) vs ESP: 22-16 NP-S, 6 BF, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
  • Dustin Molleken (HAM/CAN) vs USA: 19-16 NP-S, 7 BF, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
  • Scott Mathieson (YOM/CAN) vs USA: 20-10 NP-S, 5 BF, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.

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Final Canada Stats for Players that Play in Japan

Pitchers

Player JPN Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR HB BB SO WHIP HLD GF
Dustin Molleken HAM 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 0 4.0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.00 0 0
Scott Mathieson YOM 0 0 31.50 2 0 0 0 0 2.0 7 7 7 1 0 3 3 5.00 0 0

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Final Venezuela Stats for Players that Play in Japan

Pitchers

Player JPN Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR HB BB SO WHIP HLD GF
Wil Ledezma VEN 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.75 0 0
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