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[7/17/2015] Mazda All-Star Series 2015: News and Notes

by on Jul.17, 2015 @ 2:20 pm, under NPB

Updates from July 17:

  • Nippon Ham's Shohei Otani is not planning to break any speed records during his two-inning All-Star appearance because he is worried it might mess with his mechanics/balance as it did last year when he reared back and topped 162km/h. Hideki Kuriyama is also against Otani trying to throw hard.
  • Hanshin's Shintaro Fujinami is scheduled to follow Yomiuri's Tomoyuki Sugano in Game 1. Hayato Takagi will most likely follow Fujinami.
  • Tatsunori Hara is planning to bat Yokohama's Yoshitomo Tsutsugo fourth. Yakult's Tetsuto Yamada will bat third and Yakult's Shingo Kawabata eighth.
  • Hiroshima's Takahiro Arai couold get the start at first and bat fourth in Game 2.
  • Hara would like to give players in the starting line-up at least three trips to the plate.
  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to bat Seibu's Takeya Nakamura fourth in Game 1 and Nippon Ham's Sho Nakata fourth in Game 2. Softbank's Yuki Yanagita will be used off the bench in Game 1 and should make the starting line-up in Game 2. Both Nakata and Yanagita are from Hiroshima.
  • The Pacific League starting line-up for Game 1 will most likely include the Osaka Toin Quartet: Seibu's Hideto Asamura batting third, following by Seibu's Takeya Nakamura, Nippon Ham's Sho Nakata, and Seibu's Tomoya Mori.
  • Kubota Slugger made a black metallic All-Star glove with red highlights for Hanshin's Takashi Toritani. He will be wearing Nike Huarache 2k Filth Cleats. He is set to get the start at short and bat second in Game 1.
  • Zett made a special All-Star glove and bat (for practices) for Seibu's Tomoya Mori. The glove is colorful with silver highlights. The bat is green and silver.
  • Zett prepared two kinds of All-Star gloves for Hanshin's Shintaro Fujinami: a colorful practice glove and a yellow game glove.
  • Hanshin's Seung-Hwan Oh has two All-Star gloves: a gold practice glove with a leopard-skin design and a blue game glove.
  • Seibu's Tomomi Takahashi will be using a yellow glove with a star in the webbing from Zett.
  • Yomiuri's Takahiro Suzuki will be using yellow base-running gloves and cleats from Adidas.
  • Adidas prepared batting gloves, wrist bands, and cleats using black and solar yellow as base color's for Yakult's Tetsuto Yamada.

Source: Daily Sports 7/17/2015, Daily Sports 7/17/2015, Daily Sports 7/17/2015, Daily Sport 7/15/2015, Daily Sports 7/17/2015, Daily Sports 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/17/2015, Sanspo 7/17/2015, Sanspo 7/17/2015, Sanspo 7/17/2015

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Sanspo's line-up predictions:

Central League:

  1. Kajitani, Takayuki CF
  2. Toritani, Takashi SS
  3. Yamada, Tetsuto 2B
  4. Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo LF
  5. Abe, Shinnosuke DH
  6. Lopez, Jose 1B
  7. Hirata, Ryosuke RF
  8. Kawabata, Shingo 3B
  9. Nakamura, Yuhei C
  10. Sugano, Tomoyuki SP

Pacific League:

  1. Akiyama, Shogo CF
  2. Kiyota, Ikuhiro RF
  3. Asamura, Hideto 2B
  4. Nakamura, Takeya 3B
  5. Nakata, Sho 1B
  6. Mori, Tomoya DH
  7. Kakunaka, Katsuya LF
  8. Sumitani, Ginjiro C
  9. Imamiya, Kenta SS
  10. Otani, Shohei SP

Source: Sanspo 7/17/2015