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[3/8/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.09, 2014 @ 2:52 am, under NPB

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The opening day starter might be down to Kazuki Mishima and Shoichi Ino.  Mishima pitched on Friday and gave up five runs on eight hits against Softbank.  He also pitched poorly in his previous outing on February 27: six runs in three innings against Nexen (KBO).  Ino pitched on Saturday and gave up nine runs (five earned) on seven hits over four innings.  Despite the rough outings, Mishima may be in the lead for the opening day start.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014, Sports Hochi 3/8/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa, Masanori Ishikawa, and Chris Narveson have likely secured spots in the opening day starting rotation.  Kenichi Matsuoka, Kyohei Muranaka, Masato Nakazawa, Ryohei Kiya, and Masato Furuno are competing for the final three spots.  Tetsuya Yamamoto, Taichi Ishiyama, Ryosuke Yagi, Hiroki Sanada, Takehiko Oshimoto, Kentaro Kyuko, and Chris Carpenter are candidates for the bullpen.  Tony Barnette is the leading closer candidate.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014
  • Nakazawa is scheduled to make a relief appearance in Sunday's game against Hiroshima.  He will then start a game against Rakuten on the 16th.  He is a strong candidate for the fourth spot in the starting rotation.  Source: Sanpso 3/8/2014
  • Barnette returned to Japan on the 8th after his wife safely gave birth to a girl.  He will rejoin workouts on Sunday.  Source: Sponichi 3/8/2014