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[11/4/2015] Samurai Japan News and Notes for the Premier 12

by on Nov.04, 2015 @ 2:10 pm, under Samurai Japan

Samurai Japan updates:

  • Samurai Japan held a send-off party at a hotel in Fukuoka on November 3. About 620 fans attended the event. Hiroki Kokubo announced that Shohei Otani will get the Game 1 start against Korea on November 8. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015, Sanspo 11/4/2015, Sponichi 11/4/2015
  • Otani threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen on November 3. Source: Sports Hochi 11/3/2015 ... Otani could get up to three starts during the tournament: Game 1 against Korea on November 8, Quarterfinals game on November 16, and the Finals game on November 21. Source: Sports Hochi 11/3/2015
  • Potential starters after Otani: Kenta Maeda against Mexico on November 11 and Shota Takeda against the Dominican Republic on November 12. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015 ... OR Maeda on November 11, Tomoyuki Sugano on November 12, and Takeda against the United States on November 14. Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2015
  • Tetsuto Yamada took thirty-five swings during batting practice on November 3 and hit six over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015 ... Yamada could end up batting third. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2015 ... Kokubo considered using Yamada in the lead-off spot, but changed his mind when Yuki Yanagita had to be taken off the roster. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015
  • Takeya Nakamura took thirty-three swings during batting practice on November 3 and hit six over the fence. Four came in his last four swings. Sho Nakata took twenty-nine swings and hit thirteen over the fence. He stay back after general practices and took sixty-one more swings and hit fourteen over the fence. Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2015
  • During fielding practice on November 3, Hayato Sakamoto and Takuya Nakashima worked out at short. Tetsuto Yamada and Kenta Imamiya worked out at second. Imamiya has never played second at the Ichi-gun level. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015 ... Nakata worked out at first during fielding practice and chased baseball in the outfield during batting practice. Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2015
  • Kokubo named Nobuhiro Matsuda infield leader. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015
  • The exhibition games against Puerto Rico on November 5 and 6 will primarily be for players that need the extra playing time. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015
  • Maeda is scheduled to pitch on November 5. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015
  • Nakata could play left, which would open first base up to players like T. Nakamura and Shingo Kawabata. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015 ... Nakata did not see any playing time in left this past season. He is worried about whether or not he can handle the position. He may not have a choice though, since there are only four registered outfielders on the roster: Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Shogo Akiyama, Ryosuke Hirata, and Akira Nakamura. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015
  • A. Nakamura is a candidate to bat second in the line-up. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2015
  • Hirokazu Sawamura, Yasuaki Yamasaki, Hirotoshi Masui, and Yuki Matsui were all used as closers during the regular season. Kokubo is not planning to go with one set closer. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015

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Sanspo Line-up Prediction

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
SS 坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato
CF 秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo
2B 山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto
LF 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho
1B 中村 剛也 Nakamura, Takeya
3B 松田 宣浩 Matsuda, Nobuhiro
DH 筒香 嘉智 Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo
RF 中村 晃 Nakamura, Akira
C 嶋 基宏 Shima, Motohiro
SP 大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2015