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[2/1/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.02, 2015 @ 4:15 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants went over hitting sacrifice bunts during an evening practice session on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2015
  • Pitchers did some long distance running on the first day of spring camp (3,000 meters). Source: Sponichi 2/1/2015
  • Under Armour helped design the new captain symbol on Hayato Sakamoto's uniform (left sleeve). Source: official announcement
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei was named interim captain. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2015
  • Senryokugai Ryuichi Kajimae (29) has decided to play for Mitsubishi Juko Nagasaki (Industrial League). He attended both NPB tryouts last year but failed to drum up interest. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2015
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited camp on Sunday. Source: Sponichi 2/1/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama played catch at a distance of sixty meters on Sunday. He could toss a bullpen session during the third block of camp (begins on the 11th). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to send a scout to check on talent in the Caribbean Series. Source: Sanspo 2/1/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The new scoreboard at Chatan Stadium was unveiled during opening ceremonies on Sunday. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura woke up at 5:45am on Sunday and was out of the team hotel at 6:15am for a thirty minute walk. He told reporters it was something he did everyday. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2015, Sponichi 2/1/2015
  • The Bay Stars have reportedly finalized agreements with Yulieski Gourriel and Yunieski Gourriel. Yokohama is expected to make an announcement within the next couple of days. The organization is still not sure when to expect the two brothers to arrive. Worst case scenario: late April or early May. Source: Sanspo 2/1/2015
  • The Bay Stars donated ten million yen to the city of Ginowan on Sunday. Source: ZakZak 2/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/1/2015, official announcement

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada decreased the number of spikes on his cleats near the heal from three to two because he wanted to push the center of gravity closer to the front. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2015
  • Yoshihisa Naruse, Masanori Ishikawa, and Kyohei Muranaka worked out in the bullpen on Saturday. They did a drill where they took turns trying to hit baseballs placed on the corners of home plate. Naruse hit three the first time. Ishikawa hit the remain two. During the second round, Muranaka hit two, Ishikawa two, and Naruse one. This was an exercise Naruse did when he played high school baseball. Source: Chunichi Sports 2/1/2015, Sponichi 2/1/2015
  • The Swallows website has a new look.