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[2/27/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.28, 2015 @ 4:35 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Yokota joined Ichi-gun workouts at Koshien on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • Minoru Iwata is scheduled to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on the 28th. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015
  • Yutaka Wada would like the team to aim for at least 100 stolen bases this season. He figures Takashi Toritani, Yamato, and Hiroki Uemoto will be good for a combined ninety or so. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • Shinobu Fukuhara was supposed to be the bridge to Seung-Hwan Oh before he got hurt. Since there is a chance he might not be ready for the start of the regular season, the Tigers could give Ryoma Matsuda a shot at filling Fukuhara's role. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • Yuya Ando joined Ichi-gun practices at Koshien on the 27th. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015
  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is hoping to set the opening day starting rotation by around March 12. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015
  • Ni-gun hitting coach Osamu Hamanaka was at Naruohama for Ni-gun practices on the 27th. Hamanaka was hospitalized with acute pancreatitis on the 2nd. He recovered and was discharged on the 17th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • The media learned on the 26th that tickets to opening day on March 27 at Kyocera Dome were sold out. Tickets went on sale on the 19th and were gone in a week. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto could throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015
  • Seven Eleven joined Asahi Beer, Toshiba, Mizuno, and Mitsubishi Denki as official sponsors of Koshien Stadium. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stats closed out Okinawa camp on Friday. They will be in Okinawa until March 1, but Friday was the last day of general workouts. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa will most likely be named the opening day starter if does not run into any problems while pitching in an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on the 28th. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015