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Samurai Japan News and Notes: March 16, 2013 @ 2:45pm

by on Mar.16, 2013 @ 2:45 pm, under WBC

The Chicago Cubs beat Japan 7-5.  The box score can be found at the MLB.com website.

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Kenta Maeda threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2013

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Atsushi Nomi topped out at 150km/h during Thursday's practice game against San Francisco.

Source: Daily Sports 3/16/2013

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Some of the players went without breakfast the other day (Thursday or Friday) due to some sort of a misunderstanding -- food was not prepared at either the team hotel or the stadium.  Last minute arrangements were made, but some players started practices without eating.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2013

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Former Yomiuri Giant Marc Kroon and former Chunichi Dragon Jim Marshall visited the team on Thursday.

Source: Sanspo 3/16/2013

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About fifty scouts from the US and Japan were at the practice game on Thursday.

MLB scouts have been checking on players like Masahiro Tanaka, Takashi Toritani, and Yoshio Itoi.

Sho Nakata, Hayato Sakamoto, Kenta Maeda, Kenji Otonari, and Tetsuya Utsumi were also getting checked out.

Source: Sanspo 3/16/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/16/2013

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The Netherlands beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1. The box score is at the MLB.com website.