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[3/16/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.17, 2015 @ 5:02 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Third round draft pick Hayato Takagi will start a Ni-gun game against Lotte on March 17. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2015
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi did not participate in practices on March 16 because he was not feeling well. Source: Sponichi 3/16/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Akira Iwamoto is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on March 17. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami is hoping to toss about 100 pitches over seven innings during his next pre-season start on March 22 against Orix at Kyocera Dome. Source: Chunichi Sports 3/16/2015
  • Yuta Iwasada and Suguru Iwazaki are looking to throw about 100 pitches during their next starts. Iwasada is slated to start a game on March 18 against Yakult at Jingu and Iwazaki a game on March 19 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome. Source: Sanspo 3/16/2015
  • Akihito Fujii and Kenichi Tagami will be called up shortly. Keisuke Kano, Takashi Shimizu, and Masahiro Nakatani will most likely be sent down to Ni-gun. Source: Sanspo 3/16/2015
  • Hanshin Denki Tetsudo started running a special Yellow Magic Train on March 16 as part of a celebration for the team's 80th anniversary. The train will be in use until late-November. Source: official announcement
  • The Tigers decided to pass on twenty-four-year-old pitcher Yao-Lin Wang. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2015 ... Wang pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on March 15. He faced seven hitters and allows three hits. He topped out at 136km/h. Source: Sanspo 3/16/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroki Kuroda will throw about 100 pitches during his next start on March 22 against Softbank. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2015, Daily Sports 3/16/2015 ... Kuroda will be appearing in national commercials for Sky Perfect's Pro Yakyu Set (3,980 yen). Source: Daily Sports 3/16/2015 ... According to Sanspo, Kuroda was forty percent ready to retire and thirty-thirty on the Majors and Hiroshima. He was moved when team official Kiyoaki Suzuki asked him to give him the forty percent during negotiations. Source: Sanspo 3/16/2015 ... An updated edition of Kuroda's book, Kimete Tatsu, will be coming out on March 21. Source: Sponichi 3/16/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshihisa Naruse is slated to pitch in a closed-off practice game against Yomiuri on March 17. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2015