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[1/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.26, 2014 @ 3:03 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi does not want to stifle 1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi's development and plans to let the rookie call the shots when he is pitching.

Source: Sponichi 1/25/2014

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Tomoyuki Sugano has a number of goals this season: 1) keep his ERA under three, 2) reach 200 innings, 3) find more stability, 4) continue to polish his curve.

Sugano would like to be married by the time he turns twenty-eight and is not too interested in the majors (not yet anyway).

Source: Sponichi 1/25/2014, Sponichi 1/25/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Joint workout sessions at Nagoya Stadium ended on Saturday.  A large number of players will head to Okinawa on the 26th.

Yudai Ono tossed twenty-two pitches (all fastballs) to a squatting catcher.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2014

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The Dragons invited a nutritionist from Meiji Company to give a lecture on nutrition at their facilities on Friday.  Nineteen players living in the team dormitory attended the class.

Source: Sponichi 1/25/2014Nikkan Sports 1/25/2014

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Cheer Dragon auditions for the forty-four women that passed preliminary screenings were held at Nagoya Dome on Saturday.  Six passed.  The final team will be made up of sixteen women (there were ten carryovers from last year).

Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kazuki Mishima is planning to hit from both sides of the plate this season.  He feels hitting only from the right side might be bad for his balance as a pitcher.  He was a switch-hitter when he first started playing baseball in elementary school.  He also hit from both sides of the plate when he played college ball.  He was registered as a switch-hitter last season, but only batted from the right side to keep things simple.

Source: Sponichi 1/25/2014

Yakult Swallows

Masanori Ishikawa returned from his workouts in Hawaii on Thursday.  On Friday, he tossed batting practice for the first time this year -- he threw about fifty pitches to Ryosuke Morioka.

Source: Sanspo 1/25/2014