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[11/7/2015] Samurai Japan News and Notes for the Premier 12

by on Nov.08, 2015 @ 3:35 am, under Samurai Japan

Starters for the Korea game on November 8:

  • Japan: Shohei Otani
  • Korea: Kwang-Hyun Kim

Samurai Japan updates:

  • Potential starters after Shohei Otani: Kenta Maeda against Mexico on November 11, Tomoyuki Sugano against the Dominican Republic on November 12, Shota Takeda against the United States on November 14, and Yasuhiro Ogawa against Venezuela on November 15. If Japan makes it further, they could turn to Sugano and Maeda for the Semifinal and Final games. Takahiro Norimoto could also get a start, depending on how things go. Source: Sponichi 11/4/2015 ... Sugano is scheduled to start the game against the United States on November 14. Shota Takeda will get the start against the Dominican Republic on November 12. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2015
  • Takeya Nakamura took forty-two swings during batting practice on November 4 and hit seven over the fence. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015 ... Nakamura took an HBP off the back of his right hand during the Puerto Rico game on November 6. He was replaced by a pinch-runner and treated with ice before he was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka for tests. He was diagnosed with a bruise. Source: Sanspo 11/7/2015 ... Nakamura was sent back to Tokyo for a second opinion. He rejoined the team in Sapporo after tests showed no change in the original diagnosis. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2015, Daily Sports 11/7/2015 ... If Nakamura is unable to play, Sho Nakata could be fourth. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2015
  • Hiroki Kokubo thinks Hayato Sakamoto is a good option to bat second because he went 23-for-65 with three home runs and seven RBI with a runner on first this season. He also hit into just five double plays with a runner on first. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2015
  • Announced attendance for the Puerto Rico game on November 5 was corrected from 13537 to 14104. Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2015, Chunichi Sports 11/6/2015
  • Kenta Imamiya walked on three pitches during his at bat in the 8th inning against Puerto Rico on November 5. The count was square at 2-2, but the scoreboard showed 3-2. He checked with the home plate umpire and was directed to take first base. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2015