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[11/19/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: News and Notes

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 2:21 am, under Samurai Japan


  • Thursday's starters: Shota Takeda (Samurai Japan) vs Hector Santiago (MLB All-Stars)
  • The MLB All-Stars held a baseball clinic for about 200 youths at Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014
  • Japan won the series against the United States 3-2. This is Japan's first series win against an MLB All-Star team since 1990. They also outscored the MLB All-Stars 16-13, a first for Japan. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014
  • Of the sixty-eight pitches Shohei Otani threw on Tuesday, forty-one were clocked at 150km/h or higher. He also threw seven curveballs in the 110 km/h range. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/19/2014 ... Otani was not chewing gum during his outing on Tuesday. He had a toothache. Source: Sanspo 11/19/2014
  • Seiichi Uchikawa, Nobuhiro Matsuda, Tetsuto Yamada, and Robinson Cano hung out at an izakaya (Japanese pub) on the 14th. Uchikawa and Cano exchanged uniforms on the 16th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014
  • Cano is apparently popular among Samurai Japan players -- many have requested bat trades with him. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/18/2014