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[1/27/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Jan.28, 2014 @ 1:19 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Ichi-gun players arrived in Miyazaki on Monday.  Pre-spring camp workouts begin on the 28th.

Source: Sanspo 1/27/2014

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Ni-gun workouts began at Giants Stadium on Monday.  Ryosuke Miyaguni tossed sixty-one pitches, including breaking balls, to a squatting catcher.  It was his second session in as many days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2014

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The Ikusei staff will double as Ni-gun advance scouts this year.  They will check opposing teams during Ni-gun games at Giants Stadium.

Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2014

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The Giants are planning to prepare a number fifty-five uniform for Hideki Matsui.  Mizuno is preparing six bats, one glove, and one fungo bat.  Whether or not he uses any of the equipment during spring camp is not yet known, but everything will be in place in case he does.

Source: Sanspo 1/27/2014

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Nippon TV is scheduled to broadcast fourteen day games this season.  Only two will be shown on their national network.  The remaining twelve games will be broadcast on local networks in the Kanto region.  Nippon TV televised all sixteen of the day games they had on their national network last year.

The broadcaster will also show six night game on their national network.  BS Nittele will broadcast a total sixty-one games.

Source: Sponichi 1/27/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Pre-spring camp workouts in Okinawa began on Monday.

Source: Sanspo 1/27/2014

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Seung Hwan Oh has not taken any batting practice since high school.

Source: Sanspo 1/27/2014

Oh would like the younger players to call him hyeong, which means "older brother" in Korean.

Source: Sponichi 1/27/2014

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Development Coordinator Masayuki Kakefu would like to see hitters swing the bat 1,000 times a day during Ni-gun spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2014

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Additional details about the Tigers' new cheerleading team (like the official name and uniforms) will be released in late-March.  They will make their debut during the home opener at Kyocera Dome on April 1.

Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2014

The Tigers received about 200 applications for their cheerleading group.  Twenty-four made it to the final round of auditions, which included dancing and an interview.  One of the sixteen that made the final cut is the daughter of a member of the original Hanshin cheerleading team from 1978.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2014

The oldest applicant (in the original group of 200) was fifty-eight.  The first cheerleading group lasted just one year because the team suffered its first last place finish (41-80-9).

Source: Sponichi 1/27/2014

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The Tigers signed an official sponsorship contract with Lawson.

Source: official annoucement

Hiroshima Carp

1st round draft pick Daichi Osera is planning to work on his splitter during spring camp.  He hopes to get it to a point where he can use it during the season.  He threw five of them during his seventy-pitch bullpen session on Sunday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2014

2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri threw thirty pitches, including six different kinds of breaking balls, in the bullpen on Saturday.  It was the first time he threw to a squatting catcher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2014