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[2/21/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.22, 2015 @ 6:14 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Miles Mikolas is set to start Sunday's exhibition game against Rakuten. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto will get the start at third and bat sixth in Sunday's Ni-gun practice game against Softbank. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is scheduled to start and pitch about three innings in Sunday's exhibition game against Chunichi. He will most likely make the team as a reliever, but the Tigers are also interested in him as a possible back of the rotation starter. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Mauro Gomez will most likely play in practice game against Yokohama on the 24th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Matt Murton would like about sixty plate appearances before the start of the regular season. He could play in his first game on March 4 against Softbank. Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2015
  • Tsuoyshi Nishioka and Hiroki Uemoto are competing for the everyday job at second base. Yutaka Wada is not in a huge rush to decide which player will be his second baseman this year and feels he does not have to make a final decision until a week or so before the start of the regular season. The loser of the battle could end up competing for a job at third base with Ryota Arai and Ryota Imanari. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015, Sponichi 2/21/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami signed a contract with sportswear maker ONYONE. Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2015, Sponichi 2/21/2015
  • Younger players will most likely be given a chance to win a spot on the active roster during a six-game stretch between February 21 and March 3. The games after that will most likely go to the everyday players. Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroki Kuroda will most likely make starts on five to six days of rest this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Former manager Kenjiro Nomura is attending Red Sox spring training as a visiting instructor for about ten days. Source: Sponichi 2/21/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto is set to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on the 26th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Junki Ito was sent down to Ni-gun camp on Saturday. He was told about the move during practices and continued his workouts at Yomitan Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015

Yakult Swallows