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[1/6/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.06, 2014 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Kentaro Nishimura, Tomoyuki Sugano, Seiji Tahara, Kyosuke Takagi, and Ikusei Kosuke Naruse worked out at Salt River Fields in Arizona on Saturday (Sunday in Japan).

Sugano threw fifteen pitches off the mound (standing catcher, all fastballs).  He is scheduled to return to Japan on the 8th.

Source: Sponichi 1/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/6/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Takahiro Arai wants the job at first, but will be prepared to play other positions (third base) if necessary.

"You can guess based on the moves the team made.  Position?  I am not sure.  That is why I am getting my shoulder ready for any scenario.  I would think first base to start things off.  But the season is long and you never know what will happen.  I first have to make it into the games," Arai said.

Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2014

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Ryota Arai worked out at Athlete in Hiroshima today.  He did ten safety squats at 240 kilograms.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2014

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3rd round draft pick Naomasa Yokawa used an eighty-five centimeter bat while playing college ball.  He will be moving up to an eighty-six centimeter bat now that he has turned pro.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2014

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Koshien Stadium is celebrating its ninetieth anniversary.  Stadium officials are planning to schedule a number of events throughout the year.  Plans for stadium decorations and commemorative memorabilia are being finalized.

Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda currently weighs eighty-three kilograms.  The player registries list him at seventy-three kilograms.

"I have been listed at seventy-three for the last five or six years...  It is like I was when I was around twenty.  I have gained about ten kilograms since then.  Maybe you can change the information in the registries soon," Maeda said to reporters today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2014

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Kiyoshi Nakazato, Kyushu Kyoritsu University baseball team manager, believes his former ace, 1st round draft pick Daichi Osera, still has room to grow and could therefore top 160 km/h with the proper training.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/6/2014, Sponichi 1/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/6/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Takuya Asao is planning to take a cook with him when he heads to Guam for workouts later this month.

Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2014

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3rd round draft pick Iori Katsura and Ikusei 2nd round draft pick Daisuke Hashizume donated a batting practice machine to their alma mater Osaka Shogyo University.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2014

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Masahiro Yamamoto dropped his weight from 102 kilograms to ninety-seven.  He told reporters on Sunday that it was the first time he managed to make it under 100 kilograms at this time for year.

Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2014

Yamamoto is prepared to retire if he has a bad year this season.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/6/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Daisuke Miura is fired up (not necessarily in a bad way) after reading Kiyoshi Nakahata's comments about wanting to see younger players step up and make the starting rotation.  He wants to show Nakahata that it should not just be about age.

Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2014, Sports Hochi 1/6/2014

Yakult Swallows

4th round draft pick Keiji Iwahashi, 5th round draft pick Yuto Koyama, and 6th round draft pick Ryota Fujii moved into the team dorimtory in Toda, Saitama today.

Source: official announcement

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Yoshinori Sato told reporters on Sunday that he was throwing at about seventy percent.  He has plans to spend about two weeks working out in Okinawa, beginning on the 10th.

Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2014

Yoshinori threw twenty-five pitches in the bullpen on Saturday and forty-two pitches on Sunday.

Source: Sanspo 1/6/2014

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Ikusei Takanori Sato resumed batting practice on Sunday.  Sato underwent surgery on his left ankle last November.

Source: Sanspo 1/6/2014