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.
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
- 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
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