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[11/8/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: Starting rotation and other notes

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 4:41 am, under Samurai Japan

Samurai Japan gathered at a hotel in Fukuoka on Saturday. They will hold workouts at YafuOku Dome on the 9th before their Softbank-Nippon Ham practice game on the 10th.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2014

Samurai Japan starting pitchers for the five-game series against the MLB All-Stars:

  • Game 1: Kenta Maeda
  • Game 2: Chihiro Kaneko
  • Game 3: Takahiro Norimoto
  • Game 4: Shintaro Fujinami
  • Game 5: Shohei Otani.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2014, Sponichi 11/8/2014

Representative players from each level of Samurai Japan (six in all) will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Samurai Japan vs Softbank-Nippon Ham game at YafuOku Dome on the 10th.

  • Women: Risa Nakashima
  • 12U: Hyuma Araki
  • 15U: Taisei Chiwata
  • 18U: Kazuya Katsuki
  • University: Tomohiro Hamada
  • Amateur: Shigeki Nakano

Source: official announcement

Other notes:

  • Motohiro Shima was named team captain. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014
  • Chihiro Kaneko tossed a bullpen session on Friday. It was his second session with an MLB baseball. He told reporters he had difficulty controlling the fastball, but was fine with his other pitches. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014
  • Softbank's Akira Nakamura was scratched from the Samurai Japan roster on Saturday because of inflammation in his right rotator cuff. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2014
  • A Suzuki Japan All-Star Series app (Japanese) has been released at the App Store and Google Play. Source: official announcement
  • The Softbank-Nippon Ham mixed team roster has been updated.
  • Ryota Arai was scratched from the Hanshin-Yomiuri roster because he is still not fully recovered from lower back problems. Source: Sanspo 11/8/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi is expected to start the MLB All-Stars vs Hanshin-Yomiuri game at Koshien on the 11th. He threw forty-three pitches in the bullpen on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014, Sanspo 11/8/2014

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The MLB All-Star team worked out for about two hours at Dodger Stadium on Friday. Hisashi Iwakuma will most likely start Game 1. Tsuyoshi Wada will probably be used as a reliever.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2014