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[11/20/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.21, 2013 @ 2:49 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Fall practices at Giants Stadium ended on Wednesday.

Source: Sanspo 11/20/2013

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Hirokazu Sawamura will be allowed to re-join the starting rotation next season if he can show more consistency during spring camp.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013, Sponichi 11/20/2013

According to Tokyo Sports, Sawamura was shifted to the bullpen by the pitching coaches with the idea that he would return to the rotation next season.  However, Tatsunori Hara apparently likes him more as a reliever than a starter.  Hara has apparently promised to move him back to the rotation if he can prove that he belongs there, between now and the start of 2014 season.

Sawamura may have also had problems with his right shoulder.  A number of people are wondering if he might have a loose shoulder.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/20/2013

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Kumamoto prefecture governor Ikuo Kabashima announced on Wednesday that the late Tetsuharu Kawakami will be presented with a Prefectural Citizen's Honor Award.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons finished negotiating contracts with all their players (except Kenichi Nakata) on Wednesday.  Hiromitsu Ochiai managed to cut what may amount to about 800 million yen in salaries.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2013

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Kenshin Kawakami thought about becoming a professional golfer after he was senryokugai'ed by Chunichi.  He changed his mind after spent about a week with a good golfer and realized he was not good enough.

Source: Sports 11/20/2013

Kawakami received offers from other teams, but decided to stay with Chunichi because he liked the environment and felt comfortable with the people around him (he tends to be shy).

Source: Sponichi 11/20/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Tuesday's practice game against Seibu:

Hiroshima 0 - Seibu 8 ... Kyohei Nakamura started the game and gave up two runs on four hits over three innings of work.  He was orginally slated to go four innings, but was pulled because he was not pitching effectively. [Daily Sports 11/20/2013] ... Keisuke Imai relieved Nakamura and gave up six runs (one earned) on six hits over three innings of work.  Yuki Iwami tossed two shutout innings and gave up two hits.  The offense managed to scatter just four hits.  Hiroki Takahashi got the start in right and batted ninth.  He went 0-for-3. [Daily Sports 11/20/2013]

Hanshin Tigers

Wednesday was the last day of fall camp in Aki, Kochi.  Ryosuke Ogata was named fall camp MVP.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013, Sports 11/20/2013

Fall practices at Naruohama also ended on Wednesday.  However, the team will hold special practices for a number of younger players (about nineteen of them) on the 22nd, 25th, and 26th.

Source: Sanspo 11/20/2013

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Daiki Enokida is planning to work out with Rakuten's Manabu Mima at the Tokyo Gas facilities this winter.  Boston's Koji Uehara also uses the facilities in the winter.

Source: Sanspo 11/20/2013

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Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi has high expectations for players like Akira Iwamoto, Kazuhito Futagami, Takumi Akiyama, Hiroaki Saiuchi, and Hirokazu Shiranita.  All of them will be competing, at the very least, for spots in the back-end of the rotation.

Source: Sanspo 11/20/2013

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Development coach Masayuki Kakefu hit baseballs during fielding drills on Tuesday for the first time in his life.  He swung the bat sixty-six times over a period of fifteen minutes.  He was in charge of hitting baseballs to the area between first and second -- there were four stations on the field, one between first and second, a second between second and third, another between left and center, and a fourth between center and right; players would run from station to station fielding baseballs.  When he struggled to hit the ball, players lightly heckled him.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013, Sanspo 11/20/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars announced three uniform number changes on Wednesday:

Toshiki Kurobane - from fifty-nine to nine
Takayuki Kajitani - from sixty-three to three
Hitoshi Tamura - from fifty-two to eight

Source: official announcement

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Twenty-nine-year-old Yuta Naito was senryokugai'ed in October.  Kiyoshi Nakahata was surprised by the move because the front office never told him about it.  Nakahata was actually looking forward to seeing what Naito might be able to bring to the table next year.

Naito recently told reporters that he planned to retire.

Source: Sponichi 11/20/203