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[12/3/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.04, 2013 @ 12:05 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Toshiya Sugiuchi apparently wants to pitch until he is forty.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/3/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Masahiko Morino will not rest during the off-season because he wants to be the everyday third baseman next season.  He will continue his workouts at Nagoya Stadium this month before heading to Guam in January.

Hector Luna and Michihiro Ogasawara are among Morino's possible competition at third.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2013

"As long as I do not quit, my main position will be third.  I will bring a first baseman's mitt with me [to spring camp], but third will be my position.  I will not play second," Morino said.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2013

Yakult Swallows

Masanori Ishikawa will be working out in Hawaii with Shohei Tateyama in January.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/3/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda and Yoshihiro Maru will be getting commemorative Mazda Stadium plaques -- Maeda for his ERA title and Maru for his stolen base title.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2013

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Akihiro Higashide is not feeling particularly good about his left knee -- he missed the entire season after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during an intra-squad game in February.  Whether he will be ready for the start of the season next year is still unknown.

"I am having a hard time seeing the future so I am not know what to do.  The only thing I can do is focus on what is on my plate right now.  I was not able to do anything this year so I honestly cannot even imagine [being ready for] opening day," Higashide said.

Higashide is back to where he can run short dashes and field grounders.  He is also able to take batting practice without any major problems.  He plans to spend most of his time working out at the Ono facilities in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2013, Daily Sports 12/3/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Yutaka Wada is hoping younger pitchers like Takumi Akiyama, Akira Iwamoto, Hirokazu Shiranita, and Hiroaki Saiuchi finally manage to step up next season.  He also expects more from Minoru Iwata and Daiki Enokida.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2013

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Shintaro Fujinami did extremely well on the physical fitness tests he took last month.  He placed first in two categories (out of twenty-five pitchers) and had very good marks in every category (about ten in all) other than flexibility, which was average.  He also recorded solid marks in tests designed for position players.

Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2013

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GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters on Monday that Mauro Gomez was only able to play first and that third was impossible.

Source: Sanspo 12/3/2013

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Ginoza spent about 120 million yen on an LED scoreboard at Ginoza Municipal Baseball Stadium.  It is part of a two-year renovation plan that will cost a total of about 570 million yen.

Ginoza Municipal Baseball Stadium is home to the Tigers during spring camp.

Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2013

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Former Tiger Shinjiro Hiyama signed on with talent agency HoriPro.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kazumasa Kikuchi plans on holding workouts in Thailand in January for the sixth straight off-season.  Shigeru Kaga, Atori Ota, and Yuki Kuniyoshi are also scheduled to attend.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/3/2013

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Toshiki Kurobane's uniform number will change from fifty-nine to nine.  Takayuki Kajitani's number will change from sixty-three to three.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2013

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Kajitani currently weighs eighty kilograms and is hoping to increase his weight to eighty-seven during the off-season.  He is eating five meals a day and taking protein five to six times a day.

Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2013

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Kazunari Tsuruoka has yet to finalize a contract with the Bay Stars -- talks on Monday lasted about eighty minutes and ended without an agreement.  The two sides appear to be close (just a few more tweaks to the incentives) and could work out a deal during the next round of negotiations.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2013