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[2/28/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.01, 2015 @ 7:51 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yamato rejoined the team for practices at Koshien on the 28th after missing some time with the flu. Source: Sanspo 2/28/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki pitched in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on Saturday. He entered the game in the 5th and tossed two perfect innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2015
  • Shintaro Yokota is slated to play in three practice games: Orix on February 28, Seibu on March 1, and Softbank on March 3. His performance will determine whether or not he stays or gets sent back down to Ni-gun. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroshima was scheduled to distribute numbered tickets at 10:00am on Saturday. About 2,500 fans lined-up at Mazda Stadium, some from the night before, a number from a few days earlier. The Carp decided to begin distribution at 6:45am because of the large number of fans. The numbered tickets will be used when ticket offices begin selling regular season tickets on March 1. Hiroshima reportedly prepared about 5,000 numbered tickets this year, up from the 1,700 they handed out last year. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015, Sponichi 2/28/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai, Kazuki Yoshimi, and Yudai Ono are scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Lotte on March 1. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015
  • The Dragons added automated pitching machines to their indoor training facilities near Nagoya Stadium. They also replaced the artificial turf and installed new netting. Total construction cost about 150 million yen. Source: Sponichi 2/28/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien is set to arrive in Japan on March 2. Source: Sanspo 2/28/2015
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa ate ice cream at least three times a week last year. He skipped on his favorite desert and fried foods this off-season and dropped his weight from eighty to seventy-eight kilograms. He also lowered his fat percentage by two points to sixteen percent. Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2015, Daily Sports 2/28/2015, Sponichi 2/28/2015
  • The artificial turf at Toda Stadium was replaced for the first time in seven years. The new turf was unveiled during a ceremony on Friday. Construction cost about fifty million yen. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015
  • The artificial turf at the Jingu indoor training facilities was replaced with turf that was used at Jingu Stadium. Construction took about two weeks and ended a few days earlier. Source: Sponichi 2/28/2015