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[11/9/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: Monday’s line-up and pitchers and other news

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 4:58 am, under Samurai Japan

  • Samurai Japan posted a video of Shintaro Fujinami and Shohei Otani putting on the team uniform for the first time. Source: official announcement
  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will replace Akira Nakamura on the roster. Nakamura was scratched because of a right shoulder injury. Source: official announcement ... Tsutsugo will join Samurai Japan on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Shota Takeda tossed about thirty pitches in the bullpen on the 7th. It was the first day he started working with an MLB baseball. He told reporters he was not having any major issues throwing the ball. Takeda was named as an alternate on the 6th for Yakult's Yasuhiro Ogawa (scratched due to an injury). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Samurai Japan worked out as a team for the first time on Sunday at YafuOku Dome. Full-squad workouts lasted about two hours. The team spent some time on tie-breaker scenarios: runners on first and second with no out. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Sho Nakata took twenty-eight swings during batting practice and hit three over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014 ... Yuki Yanagita took thirty swings and hit three over the fence, Yoshio Itoi took thirty swings and hit five over the fence, and Seiichi Uchikawa took thirty-four swings and hit one over the fence. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami is scheduled to start Monday's game against Softbank-Nippon Ham at YafuOku Dome. Minoru Iwata will follow Fujinami. A total seven pitchers will most likely pitch on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014 ... The Softbank-Nippon Ham team will counter with Nao Higashihama as their starter. Yuya Iida will most likely follow Higashihama. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • The MLB All-Stars arrived at Kansai Airport on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014

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Samurai Japan starting line-up for Monday's game against Softbank-Nippon Ham:

  1. Yanagita, Yuki - CF
  2. Kikuchi, Ryosuke - 2B
  3. Itoi, Yoshio - RF
  4. Nakata, Sho - LF
  5. Uchikawa, Seiichi - DH
  6. Sakamoto, Hayato - SS
  7. Matsuda, Nobuhiro - 3B
  8. Akaminai, Ginji - 1B
  9. Shima, Motohiro - C

Pitchers that will be used: Shintaro Fujinami (two innings), Minoru Iwata (two innings), Yuki Nishi (one inning), Takahiro Matsuba (one inning), Shota Takeda (one inning), Tomomi Takahashi (one inning), and Yuji Nishino (one inning).

Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014