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[3/7/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Mar.08, 2014 @ 3:33 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano will get Saturday's start against Orix at Kyocera Dome, Tetsuya Utsumi Sunday's start against Hanshin at Koshien.  Source: Daily Sports 3/7/2014
  • Utsumi threw sixty-four pitches in the bullpen on Friday.  He tossed only twelve pitches on Thursday because of balance issues and spent some time making adjustments with shadow pitching.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/7/2014
  • The Giants are planning to invite about 300 former players and staff to opening day at Tokyo Dome on the 28th to kick off their 80th anniversary season.  Source: Sponichi 3/7/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takumi Akiyama is scheduled to start a game against the Yomiuri Giants on the 10th.  Source: Sponichi 3/7/2014
  • Kazuo Ito, Kentaro Sekimoto, and Keisuke Kano joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Friday.  Source: Daily Sports 3/7/2014
  • Seung Hwan Oh is working on his Japanese and is hoping to come up with a catch phrase he can use during hero interviews.  Source: Daily Sports 3/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/7/2014, Sanspo 3/7/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi, Shintaro Fujinami, and Daiki Enokida could be the starters for the opening series against the Yomiuri Giants (March 28-30 at Tokyo Dome).  Randy Messenger could start the home opener on April 1.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/7/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yoshihiro Maru and Ryosuke Kikuchi appeared at a public relations event for Momiji Ginko's Carp Victory Savings Account on Friday.  The account includes a variable interest rate based on the team's performance (+0.1% if the team finishes in third, +0.2% if the teams finishes in second, and +0.3% if the team finishes in first).  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/7/2014
  • Keisuke Imai rejoined Ichi-gun practices at Mazda Stadium on Friday.  Imai missed workouts on Thursday with acute gastroenteritis.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/7/2014