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[3/10/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.11, 2015 @ 3:49 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano is slated to start a game on March 12 against Softbank at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami's next start could come on March 15 against Yokohama. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2015
  • The Tigers will be sending Kojiro Tanabo and Travis Mikihisa Samura to the Fukui Miracle Elephants (BC League) this year -- Tanabo from April to June and Samura from July until the end of the season. Source: Sponichi 3/10/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh dyed his hair reddish brown for the first time in his life before practices on March 8. Oh is planning to test the modified two-seamer he has been working on during his upcoming exhibition game appearances. Source: Daily Sports 3/10/2015, Sponichi 3/10/2015
  • The Tigers could turn to development coach Masayuki Kakefu for opinions on draft prospects. Source: Sponichi 3/10/2015
  • The media learned that Shintaro Fujinami and Ryutaro Umeno will be appearing in commercials as part of the team's eightieth anniversary celebration. The commercials are a joint effort with parent company Hanshin Denki Tetsudo. The spots will begin appearing on screens at Hanshin Umeda Station and Hanshin Koshien Station in early April. The two players will call on fans to come out to the ballpark to cheer for the team using the Hanshin Denki Tetsudo system. Source: Daily Sports 3/10/2015
  • Matt Murton was at Bodymaker Coliseum with his family on March 9 for the spring sumo tournament. He had a chance to meet Yokozuna Hakuho in person. Source: Sanspo 3/10/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kris Johnson could make his first regular season start on March 28 against Yakult. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2015
  • Ichi-gun general coach Toshinori Nagata was not feeling well and was admitted to a hospital in Hiroshima on March 10. He will most likely require about two weeks for a full recovery (he is not expected to remain in the hospital for more than a few days). Ni-gun manager Shinji Ko will take over as Ichi-gun general coach. Ni-gun battery coach Katsumi Mizumoto will act as interim Ni-gun manager. Source: Daily Sports 3/10/2015, Sponichi 3/10/2015
  • Hakusensha's Young Animal will be carrying the manga version of Hiroki Kuroda's return press conference. This will be the second Kuroda manga to appear in Young Animal. The first was about Kuroda's decision to stay in Hiroshima after earning his FA option in 2006. Source: Daily Sports 3/10/2015 ... The TV ratings for the exhibition game Kuroda started on March 8 averaged 17.4% and peaked at 22.1% (Hiroshima area). Source: Sports Hochi 3/10/2015

Chunichi Dragons

Yakult Swallows

  • Kyoiku League game against Seibu on March 10: Second round draft pick Ren Kazahari gave up a run on three hits over four innings of work. First round draft pick Shingo Takeshita entered the game in the 7th and did not allow a run or hit over one inning of work. Source: Sponichi 3/10/2015
  • Yoshinori Sato is set to start an exhibition game against Orix on March 11. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2015 ... Yoshinori is slated to pitch three innings and throw about fifty pitches. Source: Sanspo 3/10/2015
  • Yoshihisa Naruse's first regular seasons start could come on March 31 against Hanshin. Source: Daily Sports 3/10/2015
  • Mitsuru Manaka is planning to give first round draft pick Shingo Takeshita a chance to pitch during a two-game series against Rakuten that begins on March 14. He could also give second round draft pick Ren Kazahari a look when the team returns to Jingu. Source: Sponichi 3/10/2015
  • Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles tendon) might be ready to return to the active roster some time around mid-April. Source: Sponichi 3/10/2015