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[5/15/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Hanshin

by on May.15, 2013 @ 5:40 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Curry based on a Matsui family recipe was sold at an event hosted by Nippon Hoso last month (Radio Park in Hibiya).  The curry sold so well (2,000 servings at 600 yen) there are now plans to package and sell it to the general public sometime during or after summer.

Source: Sanspo 5/15/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Masahiko Morino hurt his right side (ribs) during pre-game practices on Tuesday.  He did not play on Tuesday and is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2013

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There was some mis-communication on a defensive play in the 7th inning on Tuesday night against Nippon Ham:

With a runner on second and two out, Atsunori Inaba hit a single to center.  Yohei Oshima fielded the ball and threw it toward home.  There was no cut-off man on the play.  Morimichi Takagi felt Hirokazu Ibata should have cut the ball off and told him so when he returned to the dugout after the inning.  Ibata was not happy (he thought it was up to Matt Clark to cut the ball off) and disappeared beyond the dugout doors.  Takagi noticed this and went after him.  Concerned players followed.  Ibata later told reporters he should have been there to cut the ball off when he realized Clark was not moving into position.

A team meeting was held after the game in an attempt to clear the air.

Takagi also was not happy about Daniel Cabrera's performance (does not check the runners, throws a steady diet of fastballs, has difficultly throwing off-speed pitches for strikes) and wanted more of his players to learn something by watching how hard Hector Luna was working.

Source: Sanspo 5/15/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2013, Sponichi 5/15/2013

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At forty-four years and six months, Takeshi Yamasaki set a new CL record for oldest player to record a triple.  The previous record of forty-four years and three months was set by Tomoaki Kanemoto in 2012.  The NPB record of forty-eight years and four months was set by Shinji Hamazaki in 1950.

Source: Sanspo 5/15/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Tatsuya Kojima joined the Ichi-gun team for practice today.  He is slated to start a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Koshien on the 18th.

Source: Daily Sports 5/15/2013

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Tuesday's Ni-gun game against Orix:

Brooks Conrad started at third and batted third.  He went 1-for-3 with walk.  Shinta Hifumi started in left and batted sixth.  He went 1-for-2 with a walk.  The Tigers feel the two players are not quite ready and need a little more time at Ni-gun.  Source: Sanspo 5/15/2013

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Hanshin fan Ken Watanabe (actor) visited Koshien on Tuesday for the first time this season.  Watanabe has been busy with the Godzilla remake (he was in Vancouver, Canada up until late last month).  He may not be able to catch another game in person until some time in July.

Source: Sanspo 5/15/2013, Sponichi 5/15/2013

3 comments on “[5/15/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Hanshin

  1. IM

    Does anyone know where there’s video of Chunichi’s botched relay in Tuesday’s game? Not just the aftermath in the dugout

    1. Gen Post author

      This should be it here:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-9I7oD5Uiw

      With a runner on second, and a single hit toward center, I think the first baseman usually does move into position between the center fielder and home plate with the shortstop moving to second and the second baseman moving over to first.

      It’s hard to see where the infielders are moving in the reply, but it seems like Ibata could have cut the ball off because he was closest to it. From the brief glimpse you can see of Clark, it does not appear as though he is moving toward the center of the field. And Araki appears to be staying put as well.

      1. IM

        Thank you!!!
        Normally that would be Clark’s cut, but the ball was hit fairly well and Ohshima got the throw off quickly and it went to the left side of the mound, so it’s questionable if Clark could have got over there in time had he attempted to. Hard to tell from the video as they switch cameras right as the ball reaches Ibata’s area, but it looks like the ball was high and to his left, a ball that he would be right to let go unless the catcher was telling him to cut it.
        Seems to me that Takagi is just second-guessing the result of the play and may be losing touch.

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