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[11/4/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.05, 2015 @ 8:30 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

  • Lastings Milledge returned to the United States on November 2. Source: Sanspo 11/3/2015
  • Director of player personnel Masanori Matsui is slated to become the next farm director. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi is planning to keep fall camp practices focused on individual workouts instead of team workouts. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015
  • The Giants ran dashes during fall practices at Giants Stadium on November 3 -- ten fifty meter dashes and ten thirty meters dashes. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015 ... On November 2, eight players -- including Hisayoshi Chono, Yoshiyuki Kamei, Seiji Kobayashi, and Kazuma Okamoto -- ran ten thirty-meter dashes while dragging twenty kilometer weights behind them. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015, Sanspo 11/3/2015
  • The Giants decided to cancel their end-of-the-year gatherings (party and golf tournament) after three of their players were caught gambling on baseball games. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015 ... The Giants are planning to keep a tight leash on their players during fall camp. Curfews have been changed (from 10:30pm to 10:00pm on practice days, from 1:00am to 12:00am the day before day offs, and from no set time to 11:00pm on days off) and players are not allowed to play golf on their days off. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015, Sponichi 11/4/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015, Daily Sports 11/4/2015, Sanspo 11/4/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Intra-squad game on November 3: Yuta Iwasada started the game for the Whites and tossed three perfect innings. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2015 ... Kojiro Tanabo entered the game in the 5th for the Reds and needed just nine pitches to record a perfect inning in relief (Fo4, G5, Ks). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015 ... Hiroaki Saiuchi relieved Tanabo in the 6th and retired the side in order on twelve pitches (F4, F4, G6). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015 ... Taiga Egoshi got the start in center and batted fourth for the Whites. He recorded two doubles: he hit a double to left off Ryoma Matsuda with runners on first and third and no out in the 1st; and he led off the 4th inning with a double to left off Hiroya Shimamoto. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015 ... Yamato got the start at second and batted lead-off for the Whites. He hit a timely triple in the 3rd off Matsuda. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2015 ... Hiroki Uemoto started in center and batted third for the Reds. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2015 ... Ryutaro Umeno was the starting catcher for the Whites and batted fifth. He threw out Uemoto trying to steal second in the 4th inning and Ryosuke Ogata at third in the 5th. He went 0-for-4 at the plate. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2015 ... The game was shortened from eight to six innings because some pitchers were not ready due to the last minute scheduling change. Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2015, Sponichi 11/4/2015
  • The intra-squad game on November 3 was pushed up a day from November 4 without prior notice because Tomoaki Kanemoto wanted to show fans (about 2,500 of them) his appreciation for their support. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015 ... Kanemoto kept Kazuhito Futagami and Hiroaki Saiuchi on their toes by stepping into the batter's box during their bullpen session on November 2. Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2015, Sponichi 11/3/2015 ... Kanemoto is thinking about adding weight training to the standard practice schedule, beginning next year. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015 ... Kanemoto is planning to visit Naruohama during fall camp to check on the rest of the players in the organization and for a meeting with Masayuki Kakefu. Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2015
  • Taiga Egoshi hit twenty-four over the fence during batting practice after the intra-squad game on November 3. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015
  • Ryota Imanari worked out as a catcher on November 2 for the first time in three years. Source: Sanspo 11/3/2015
  • Kakefu feels it might do outfielder Shintaro Yokota some good to play some first based on his body size and the way he moves around on the field. The extra position should bring him more opportunities to play. Working out at another position might also help with his defense in the outfield. Source: Sanpso 11/4/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to use Mizuno's Swing Tracer during Kochi fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015
  • Kakefu spent about forty minutes signing autographs for around 300 fans after practices at Naruohama on November 4. Kakefu signed autographs for around 300 fans on November 1 (forty minutes) and about 600 on November 3 (ninety minutes). There was no autograph session on November 2 because of the weather. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Intra-squad game on November 3: Atsuya Horie was one of the starters. He tossed three shutout innings. He allowed one hit, walked three, and topped out at 145km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015, Daily Sports 11/4/2015 ... Koya Fujii tossed a shutout inning in relief. He walked the first batter he faced, but did not allow any hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015
  • The Carp are making sure Daichi Osera and Shota Nakazaki are resting their arms during fall camp because of their workload this past season. The two led the team in appearances with fifty-one games and sixty-nine games, respectively. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Practice game against the Shikoku Island League on November 3: Junki Ito started the game and gave up a run on two hits and a walk over three innings of work. He faced twelve hitters, tossed sixty-two pitches, and recorded a strike on the first pitch just twice. He was set to pitch five innings, but his day was cut short because Motonobu Tanishige felt he was not pitching with a purpose. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015 ... Naomichi Donoue got the start at first and batted second. He went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Issei Endo started at short and batted lead-off. He went 3-for-6 with three RBI. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani started the season at eighty-four kilograms. He was down to seventy-six kilograms in June. He is now back to eighty kilograms and is hoping to push his weight to between ninety and ninety-five for the start of the 2016 season. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2015
  • Alex Ramirez wants the team to shoot fo eight to one-hundred stolen bases next year. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015