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[4/9/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Apr.09, 2013 @ 8:25 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants will likely start Ryosuke Miyaguni, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and Hirokazu Sawamura against Hanshin.  They will also carry seven relievers instead of the usual six (thirteen pitchers in all) because the coaches are confident about their eight starting position players.

Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2013, Sponichi 4/9/2013


General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi worked with Sugiuchi on his pitching mechanics during workouts at Giants Stadium on Monday.  He threw forty-four pitches in the bullpen.

Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2013Sponichi 4/9/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Ryoji Nakata worked out in right during fielding practice at Nagoya Stadium on Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien played in his first rehab game today -- exhibition Ni-gun game vs the Niigata Albirex Baseball Club, designated hitter batting third, three trips to the plate: single to right, ground out to first, walk.  He is slated to start a game against the Futures in right on Wednesday and could make the active roster as early as the 12th (vs Yomiuri).

Source: Sponichi 4/9/2013, Sanspo 4/9/2013


The Swallows will sell special limited Ni-gun weekend tickets that include a chance to take fielding practice with coaches, or play catch with a player, for 1,500 yen.  Other options include a free drink plus a chance to run the bases for 500 yen and an autographed board plus a beer coupon for 1,000 yen.  Additional information can be found at the official team site.

Source: official announcement via Sanspo 4/9/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Matt Murton plans to donate fifty kilograms of rice to areas affected by the Tohoku earthquake for every victory the team records this season.

Source: official blog entry 4/6/2013Daily Sports 4/9/2013


New player lunch boxes were released by Koshien Stadium today.

Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

The uniform Alex Ramirez wore when he recorded his 2,000th hit is on display at a museum located underneath Rami-chan Cage.

Source: Sponichi 4/9/2013


Kiyoshi Nakahata will be a special guest at the third game of the All-Star Series this year (at Iwaki).

Source: Sponichi 4/9/2013


The Bay Stars will sell special Women Seat Plus ticket packs for two games against Seibu (May 28, 29) at Yokohama Stadium.  The tickets will cost 4,000 yen and will include two seats (one for the ticket holder and one for her bags) and a katsu sandwich.  Tickets will be limited to 100 for each day.

Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2013