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[2/28/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.01, 2015 @ 7:51 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yamato rejoined the team for practices at Koshien on the 28th after missing some time with the flu. Source: Sanspo 2/28/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki pitched in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on Saturday. He entered the game in the 5th and tossed two perfect innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2015
  • Shintaro Yokota is slated to play in three practice games: Orix on February 28, Seibu on March 1, and Softbank on March 3. His performance will determine whether or not he stays or gets sent back down to Ni-gun. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroshima was scheduled to distribute numbered tickets at 10:00am on Saturday. About 2,500 fans lined-up at Mazda Stadium, some from the night before, a number from a few days earlier. The Carp decided to begin distribution at 6:45am because of the large number of fans. The numbered tickets will be used when ticket offices begin selling regular season tickets on March 1. Hiroshima reportedly prepared about 5,000 numbered tickets this year, up from the 1,700 they handed out last year. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015, Sponichi 2/28/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai, Kazuki Yoshimi, and Yudai Ono are scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Lotte on March 1. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015
  • The Dragons added automated pitching machines to their indoor training facilities near Nagoya Stadium. They also replaced the artificial turf and installed new netting. Total construction cost about 150 million yen. Source: Sponichi 2/28/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien is set to arrive in Japan on March 2. Source: Sanspo 2/28/2015
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa ate ice cream at least three times a week last year. He skipped on his favorite desert and fried foods this off-season and dropped his weight from eighty to seventy-eight kilograms. He also lowered his fat percentage by two points to sixteen percent. Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2015, Daily Sports 2/28/2015, Sponichi 2/28/2015
  • The artificial turf at Toda Stadium was replaced for the first time in seven years. The new turf was unveiled during a ceremony on Friday. Construction cost about fifty million yen. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015
  • The artificial turf at the Jingu indoor training facilities was replaced with turf that was used at Jingu Stadium. Construction took about two weeks and ended a few days earlier. Source: Sponichi 2/28/2015

[2/28/2015] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.01, 2015 @ 7:47 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani gained eight kilograms during the off-season and currently weighs ninety-four kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Shiomi joined the Ichi-gun team on Saturday after missing time with the flu. Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2015

[2/27/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.28, 2015 @ 4:35 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Yokota joined Ichi-gun workouts at Koshien on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • Minoru Iwata is scheduled to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on the 28th. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015
  • Yutaka Wada would like the team to aim for at least 100 stolen bases this season. He figures Takashi Toritani, Yamato, and Hiroki Uemoto will be good for a combined ninety or so. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • Shinobu Fukuhara was supposed to be the bridge to Seung-Hwan Oh before he got hurt. Since there is a chance he might not be ready for the start of the regular season, the Tigers could give Ryoma Matsuda a shot at filling Fukuhara's role. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • Yuya Ando joined Ichi-gun practices at Koshien on the 27th. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015
  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is hoping to set the opening day starting rotation by around March 12. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015
  • Ni-gun hitting coach Osamu Hamanaka was at Naruohama for Ni-gun practices on the 27th. Hamanaka was hospitalized with acute pancreatitis on the 2nd. He recovered and was discharged on the 17th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • The media learned on the 26th that tickets to opening day on March 27 at Kyocera Dome were sold out. Tickets went on sale on the 19th and were gone in a week. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto could throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015
  • Seven Eleven joined Asahi Beer, Toshiba, Mizuno, and Mitsubishi Denki as official sponsors of Koshien Stadium. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stats closed out Okinawa camp on Friday. They will be in Okinawa until March 1, but Friday was the last day of general workouts. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa will most likely be named the opening day starter if does not run into any problems while pitching in an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on the 28th. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015

[2/27/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.28, 2015 @ 4:33 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka could make his first start of the regular season during the Orix series that begins on March 31. Tadashi Settsu and Kenichi Nakata will most likely get the first two starts of the regular season, with Matsuzaka and Kenji Otonari getting starts during the Orix series. The remaining two starts are still up for grabs. Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2015
  • The Hawks announced that T-Point Japan will be their helmet sponsors this season. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015, official Ustream

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters closed out general practices at Nago camp on Friday -- they still have a practice game against Hiroshima on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015
  • Shohei Otani will most likely start three exhibition games next month. March 3 against Yomiuri at Sapporo Dome, March 11 against Yokohama at Kamagaya, and March 18 against Hiroshima at Sapporo Dome. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2015, Sponichi 2/27/2015
  • Atsunori Inaba visited the Rangers in Arizona on the 27th (Japan time). He met Yu Darvish and Kyuji Fujikawa. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka will be returning to Kyoto for three days, beginning on March 4, to prepare for and present his graduation thesis. He was slated to pitch against Orix on the 26th, but the practice game was rained out. His next start is unscheduled. Lotte will set a date once they check on his condition when he rejoins the team on March 7. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2015, Sports Hochi 2/27/2015, Sponichi 2/27/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takaaki Yokoyama is set to start an exhibition game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome on the 28th. Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Takahiro Irino's start against Doosan was rained out on the 26th. He is now slated to start an exhibition game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome on March 1. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • Pitching coach Shujo Yoshida helped Kodai Hamaya work on his change-up on the team's off day on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2015
  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to fill his four foreign player roster slots with two position players and two pitchers. Rakuten has seven foreign players on the seventy-man roster: Gaby Sanchez, Zelous Wheeler, Kam Mickolio, Rhiner Cruz, Kenny Ray, Jim Heuser, and the soon-to-be-added Wily Mo Pena. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2015
  • Okubo would like a number five hitter that knows how to run the bases. Speed is a plus, but not necessarily a deciding factor. He has so far tried players like Shintaro Masuda, Hiroaki Shimauchi, and Takero Okajima. Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2015