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[11/29/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.30, 2013 @ 2:23 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe left for New York out of Narita Airport on Friday.  He is scheduled to meet Hideki Matsui during his trip.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2013

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Daisuke Ochi's uniform number will change from twenty-two to sixty-seven.  Ochi told reporters he could feel Hayato Sakamoto (six) and Hisayoshi Chono (seven) watching over him with the new number.

Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2013

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Ryota Katsuki's uniform number will also change: from seventeen to thirteen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien left for Curacao out of Narita Airport on Friday.  Before leaving, he told reporters he plans to begin his preparations for the 2014 season in January.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Seiya Suzuki has added weight training to his off-season workouts.  He currently weighs eighty kilograms.  His goal is to reach eighty-five.  This will be the first time he spends a significant amount of time with weights.

Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2013

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One of the reasons why the Carp decided to bring Brad Eldred back next season may have had something to do with how he helped Kila Ka'aihue with his transition to Japanese baseball and culture.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/29/2013

Hanshin Tigers

If Yasutomo Kubo decides to leave, the Tigers will only have three definites for the starting rotation next year: Randy Messenger, Atsushi Nomi, and Shintaro Fujinami.  They were hoping to fill one of the spots by signing Kenichi Nakata, but they learned on Thursday that he will sign with Softbank.  The foreign market could be the easiest way to bolster the starting rotation, but the Tigers already have all four of their slots full (Messenger, Seung Hwan Oh, Matt Murton, and Mauro Gomez).

While the Tigers might be able to find one or two starting arms in the organization, three could present a slight challenge.  Kubo will be a top priority, but if he falls through, the Tigers could attempt to pull off a trade.

Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2013, Sanspo 11/29/2013

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Takashi Toritani has played in every inning of every game two seasons in a row.  If he pulls it off again next season, he will become the first shortstop in NPB history (since the start of the two-league format) to play in every inning of every games three years straight.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2013

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Scout Norifumi Yamamoto (山本宣史) will be in charge of providing Oh with help and support during spring camp.  The newcomer will also have a interpreter.

Source: Sanspo 11/29/2013

The Tigers would like to call Oh by a nickname, since it might help ease his transition to Japanese baseball.  If he has a preference, they will take that into consideration, but otherwise might get the fans involved by asking them for ideas.

Source: Sanspo 11/29/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Hiroyuki Shirasaki is scheduled to work out with Softbank's Seiichi Uchikawa in Oita in early January.

Source: Sponichi 11/29/2013