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[11/18/2015] Samurai Japan News and Notes: Premier 12 and more

by on Nov.19, 2015 @ 1:47 am, under Samurai Japan

Samurai Japan updates:

  • Shota Takeda and Tomoyuki Sugano are candidates to start the possible Finals game on November 21. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2015 ... Sugano threw twenty-eight pitches in the bullpen on November 17 and made adjustments to his pitches on the outside corner against left-handed hitters. Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2015
  • Shohei Otani threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on November 17. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2015
  • Hiroki Kokubo will set the starting line-up against Korea on November 19 based on Takeya Nakamura's condition (right hamstring). If the slugger can play, he will most likely bat clean-up. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2015 ... If Nakamura is not able to play, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo could bat fourth again, with Sho Nakata in the five hole. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2015
  • All non-pitchers, other than the three catchers on the roster, got the day off on November 17. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2015

Other Samurai Japan news:

  • The U-15 Asia Challenge Match 2015 is scheduled to take place at Botchan Stadium in Matsuyama between November 21 and 23. Three teams will be competing in the tournament: Japan, Chinese Taipei, and a team from Matsuyama. Sadaaki Yoshimura was named manager of the U-15 on November 12. Rosters were unveiled on November 18. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/12/2015, Sponichi 11/18/2015
  • The top Samurai Japan team could play another exhibition series in March 2016 (there are ongoing talks with Taiwan). If they do, they might turn to younger prospects to fill the roster, like Soka University's Seigi Tanaka and Rakuten's first round draft pick Louis Okoye. Source: Sports 11/18/2015

[UPDATE @ 4:32pm]

Samurai Japan updates:

  • For tonight's game against Korea: Takahiro Norimoto could relieve Shohei Otani. Hiroki Kokubo is expected to use Yuki Matsui as closer. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2015
  • It will either be Shota Takeda or Tomoyuki Sugano for the the possible Finals game start on Novemer 21. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2015, Sponichi 11/19/2015
  • The Hublot Aerofusion Premier 12 will be presented to the Hublot Player of the Day during the Semifinals and to the winner of the MVP. Source: PR Times, Sponichi 11/19/2015
  • According to Tokyo Sports, if Samurai Japan wins the tournament, the one million dollar prize money will be used as follows: half will go to the NPB and the other half to the players. The money going to the players will be used to purchase thirty-five championship rings (twenty-eight players, one manager, six coaches) at about one million yen a piece. Anything left over will be handed out to players based on performance. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/19/2015