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[7/18/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: News and Notes

by on Jul.18, 2014 @ 4:49 pm, under NPB

Central League notes:

  • Tatsunori Hara plans to use players selected by fans during the first game of the series.  He is also thinking about using Motonobu Tanishige as his Game 1 catcher and Shinnosuke Abe as his Game 2 catcher.  He is not planning on use any Yomiuri players in the starting line-up for Game 1.  There have been three cases in the past where Yomiuri players did not make it into the starting line-up for an All-Star Game -- Game 2 in 1993, Game 3 in 1999, and Game 2 in 2009 -- but none in Game 1. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014 ... Takashi Toritani and Matt Murton will most likely make the starting line-up for Game 2. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014 ... The starting line-up for Game 1 will most likely be Yoshihiro Maru in center, Ryosuke Kikuchi at second, Takashi Toritani at short, Brad Eldred in left, Kila Ka'aihue at first, Wladimir Balentien at designated hitter, Yuhei in right, Shota Dobayashi at third, and Tanishige at catcher. Source: Tokyo Sports 7/18/2014
  • Takashi Toritani will be using a special two-tone glove for the All-Star series.  The two colors are yellow and light blue (Seibu color). Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014, Daily Sports 7/18/2014
  • Hayato Sakamoto, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, and Tetsuto Yamada will be getting special World Cup national soccer team themed gear from Adidas to use during the All-Star series. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014
  • Motonobu Tanishige will be the eighth player/manager in NPB history to appear in an All-Star series, first since Atsuya Furuta in 2006.

Pacific League notes:

  • There is a good chance Sho Nakata will be used as a pinch-hitter due to his left knee injury.  He will be sporting Nike Lunar Vapor Trout cleats. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014

General:

  • Shintaro Fujinami and Shohei Otani will be just the second pair of starting pitchers twenty years or younger to face each other during an All-Star game.  The first pair: Kazunori Nishimura and Motoji Takuwa in 1955. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014