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[1/4/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.04, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Toshiya Sugiuchi will be trying out a new pair of cleats, similar to the model Yu Darvish used last year, when he begins his workouts in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima on the 5th.  The new cleats should provide more support and traction.

Source: Sponichi 1/4/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Shintaro Fujinami worked out at Osaka Toin today.  His workouts included playing catch and running hills.

Source: Sanspo 1/4/2014

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Masahiro Nakatani took ninety-one swings of the bat and hit one over the fence while taking batting practice against a pitching machine on Friday.

Source: Sanspo 1/4/2014

4th round draft pick Ryutaro Umeno worked out with Nakatani on Friday.  He took fifty-six swings during soft-toss batting practice.  Against the pitching machine, he took 144 swings and collected sixty-four could-be hits.

Source: Sanpso 1/4/2014

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Ryota Imanari worked out with Nippon Ham Fighter Eiichi Koyano at Soka University on Friday.  Koyano spent about thirty minutes giving Imanari tips on how to handle third base.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/4/2014

Hiroshima Carp

2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri worked out in Yao, Osaka today.  His workouts included running, playing catch, and long distance throwing.  He also threw off the mound: twenty pitches to a standing catcher, thirty-one pitches to a squatting catcher.  In addition to his fastball, he also mixed in his curve, slider, change, and two-seamer.

2013 draft class joint workouts begin on the 10th.

Source: Daily Sports 1/4/2014

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Kenta Kurihara ordered a number of heavier and longer bats -- from 880 grams to 910-920 grams and from 33.5 inches to 33.75-34 inches.

Source: Sponichi 1/4/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Masahiko Morino considered free agency, but decided to stay after Hiromitsu Ochiai told him that the team needed him and that he could go back to his old uniform number seven.  Morino is considering this an opportunity to start over and regain his status as an everyday player.

Source: Sponichi 1/4/2014

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Hitoki Iwase is working on some tweaks to his mechanics (like delaying his release point), as was suggested to him by Masahiro Yamamoto last November.  He is hoping the changes will make it harder for hitters to pick up on his breaking pitches.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/4/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

1st round draft pick Yuta Kakita, 2nd round draft pick Shingo Hirata, 3rd round draft pick Hiroki Minei, and 4th round draft pick Tomoya Mikami will likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp.

2013 draft class training camp is scheduled to start on the 8th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/4/2014

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Yuki Kuniyoshi has managed to drop about four kilograms so far this off-season.  He was at 100 kilograms last season and is trying to head into this season at around ninety-one kilograms.

Source: Sponichi 1/4/2014

Yakult Swallows

Yasuhiro Ogawa worked out in Tahara, Aichi today.  His workouts last about two hours and included running and playing catch.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/4/2014