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[1/12/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.12, 2014 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

5th round draft pick Kentaro Taira finished the 300-meter with the best time, eleven minutes and thirty seconds, on Saturday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2014

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Tetsuya Yamaguchi has been tinkering with a forkball since after the 2012 season.  He has been getting tips on how to throw the fork from Yuki Koyama this off-season.

Source: Sponichi 1/12/2014

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Toshiya Sugiuchi is using a ReaLine Core during workouts to provide him with support and to improve his overall balance.

"I feel the areas around my spine were getting tight over the last few years.  This band will allow me to loosen things up by working areas that usually do not get any work," Sugiuchi said.

Source: Sponichi 1/12/2014

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The media learned that former Giant Takanobu Tsujiuchi will take a job as a coach in the Japan Women's Baseball League.  He will most likely be working with East Astraia.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Seiya Suzuki managed to gain ten kilograms in about a month and a half and currently weighs eighty-eight kilograms.

Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2014

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1st round draft pick Daichi Osera spent about fifty minutes signing autographs for fans that showed up around the Ono training facilities on Saturday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2014

Osera is thinking about selecting a song by Kusuo as his intro music.

"I thought Kusuo might be a good option because we are both from Nagasaki.  I listen to his music a lot and I am thinking about which one to use," said Osera.  "It would be nice if I can spread happiness to Nagasaki even though I am in Hiroshima."

Source: Sports Hochi 1/12/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Michihiro Ogasawara worked out at Nagoya Stadium today.  Workouts lasted about five hours and included running, playing catch, soft-toss batting practice, fielding practice, and weight training.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

The 2013 draft class spent some time signing autographs for fans before lunch and after workouts today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2014

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Hisanori Takahashi is working out in Los Angeles right now.

Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2014

Yakult Swallows

Shingo Kawabata, Yasushi Iihara, Jun Matsui, Nariaki Kawasaki, Kenta Abe, Ryota Yachi, Takahiro Araki, Tetsuto Yamada, and Yomiuri's Takayuki Terauchi worked out at Matsuyama, Ehime today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2014

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Shohei Tateyama tossed a bullpen session in Hawaii on the 10th -- he started with twenty fastballs before mixing in his slider, shuto, fork, and change, then finished with fastballs for a total fifty pitches.  It was the first time he threw off a mound since April 5, 2013.

Tateyama is currently working out at six different locations in Hawaii with Masaya Emura and Kenichi Matsuoka.  Workouts run ten to twelve hours a day.  Tateyama's wife has a culinary license and is preparing him three meals a day.

Source: Sanspo 1/12/2014

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Ryosuke MoriokaTaichi IshiyamaTetsuya Yamamoto, and batting practice pitcher Yuya Ota left for workouts in Saito, Miyazaki on Saturday.

Source: Sponichi 1/12/2014

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Kazuhiro Hatakeyama is approaching this season as if it could be his last.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/12/2014