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[02/26/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.27, 2015 @ 9:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Yokota is slated to join the Ichi-gun team on the 27th and play in a practice game against Orix on the 28th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka practiced at third on Wednesday for the first time during spring camp. He mishandled one grounder. Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2015 ... Nishioka fielded thirty-six grounders. Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2015 ... Yutaka Wada told reporters that the decision to move Nishioka to third was not final and that they were simply exploring options that would help them win. Nishioka's response to the move, "The manager has final say. If I'm not going to listen, then I should leave the team. But I have no intention of leaving. I want to consider what is necessary to win." Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015 ... Nishioka also had this to say about the move, "After joining Hanshin, I really felt like there wasn't much competition going on within the team. [Ryota] Imanari, Ryota [Arai], and [Naomasa] Yokawa have all been working hard. I felt if I went along with the move to third right off the bat, it would kill the energy. I wanted to help promote competition within the team. I didn't want to take anyone's motivation away by going along with the manager's decision to change positions right away." Source: Sponichi 2/26/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi's next outing will come on March 4 against Softbank at Koshien. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami gained two kilograms (from ninety to ninety-two) and increased his chest size by five centimeters (from 100 to 105) since the end of last season. Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2015

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takehiro Ishikawa was in left, third round draft pick Toshihiko Kuramoto at short, and fifth round draft pick Koki Yamashita at second during fielding practice on the 25th. If Ishikawa gets the start in left, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo can move from left to right. Source: Sponichi 2/26/2015

Yakult Swallows

[2/26/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.27, 2015 @ 9:47 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks closed out Miyazaki camp on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • Tadashi Settsu may have won the opening day start. Kimiyasu Kudo did not drop a specific name, but did mention that he already spoke to the pitcher and that he made his decision based on camp performance and bullpen sessions. Settsu will most likely pitch in four games (about twenty innings) before the start of the regular season. Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2015

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani's next outing will likely come in an exhibition game against Yomiuri at Sapporo Dome on March 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara could pitch in an Eastern League game against Seibu at Kamagaya on March 21. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • The Fighters announced that they will be holding a retirement ceremony for assistant general manager Masao Kida before an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on March 4. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Fumiya Nishiguchi is set to start a practice game against Orix on the 27th and pitch three innings. Source: Sanspo 2/26/2015
  • Makoto Aiuchi is slated to pitch in a game on the 27th. Makoto gave up seven runs over four inning during his last outing. His next appearance will determine whether or not he stays or gets demoted to Ni-gun. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • Fumiya Nishiguchi, Atsushi Okamoto, Naoto Watanabe, and Hichori Morimoto will be sent to A camp on the 27th. Masatoshi Okada, Yuji Onizaki, Anthony Seratelli, and Masato Kumashiro will be sent to B camp on the 28th. Chun-Lin Kuo, Esmerling Vasquez, Yosuke Okamoto, Miguel Mejia, and Wade LeBlanc were sent back to Tokyo from Miyazaki on the 26th. Hideto Asamura, Takeya Nakamura, and Ernesto Mejia were also sent back to Tokyo from Kochi. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

  • Satoshi Nagai (three runs over three innings), Kazutomo Aihara (five runs over two innings), and Keiji Uezono (three runs over three innings) will be sent down to Ni-gun for additional work after lackluster performances during a practice game against Orix on the 25th. Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2015

[2/25/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.26, 2015 @ 8:16 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers closed out Ginoza camp on Wednesday. They drew 67,800 fans during camp, up from the 56,500 from last year. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015
  • The Tigers also closed out Kochi camp on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015
  • Matt Murton is slated to play in his first game on March 4 (exhibition vs Softbank at Koshien). Source: Sanspo 2/25/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki was scheduled to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5, but is now slated to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on the 28th. Source: Sanspo 2/25/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is set to start an exhibition game against Softbank on March 3. Source: Sponichi 2/25/2015
  • Hiroki Uemoto most likely won the starting second base job after Yutaka Wada recently told Tsuyoshi Nishioka that he was going to play third this year. Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2015
  • Yamato developed a fever on the 24th and was taken to the hospital for an evaluation. He was diagnosed with the flu and did not participate in practices on the 25th. He will stay behind in Ginoza until he is feeling better. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015, Sanspo 2/25/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki is set to start a practice game against LG (KBO) on the 26th. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshihisa Naruse is set to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Seibu on March 4. Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2015

[2/25/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.26, 2015 @ 8:03 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka is currently slated to start an exhibition game against Hanshin at Koshien on March 4 and pitch two to three innings. The last time he pitched at Koshien was against Hanshin on June 9, 2006. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015, Sponichi 2/25/2015

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Dae-Eun Rhee's next outing could come on either February 28 or March 1 (exhibition games against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome). He will pitch about three innings. Source: Sponichi 2/25/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles set a new franchise record when they sold out all their home opener tickets in three hours and twenty minutes on Wednesday. Tickets to the homer opener on March 31 against Seibu went on sale at 10:00am and were sold out by 1:20pm. The previous record of seven hours was set in 2012. Source: official announcement

[2/25/2015] Hanshin Tigers may be closing in on an agreement with Mario Santiago

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 11:15 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers are looking for insurance in case one of their four foreign players gets hurt during the season and may be closing in on an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Mario Santiago.

"Things are moving in a positive direction. He could come [to Japan] in mid-March. He can start and relieve. He knows about the lack of foreign player slots. He will be waiting at Ni-gun for a shot [at the active roster]," said general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2015, Sponichi 2/25/2015

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[2/24/2015] Spring Camp Games from February 24

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:55 am, under NPB
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[2/24/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hideki Matsui returned to New York out of Narita Airport on Monday. Source: Sponichi 2/24/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto and Takashi Toritani took extra fielding practice at second and short on Monday. They fielded grounders and worked on making throws to second. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki is set to pitch in a Ni-gun Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • Fumiya Araki missed practices on the 23rd with enteritis. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • The Tigers are interested in Nexxen's thirty-two-year-old closer Seung-Lak Son (KBO) as a possible replacement for Seung-Hwan Oh. The Tigers would like to re-sign Oh, but they are not sure what his plans are after this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015
  • The Tigers are also interested in thirty-year-old pitcher Mario Santiago. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda will start and pitch two innings in an intra-squad game on the 25th. Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Ryuji Ichioka, Allen Kuri, Shota Nakazaki, and Deunte Heath are also set to make appearances in the game. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda is set to toss batting practice on the 25th. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Yusuke Nomura has been using a practice glove during spring camp with a design that makes it look like Mazinger Z. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto will pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015 ... Yamamoto hinted that this might be his last year when he told reporters during a walk on his day off on Monday, "This might be the last of these kinds of things. Not just in terms of this camp, but over thirty-two years." He also said, "Every year I say I'm about ninety percent done," and "No matter how you look at it, this is the end of a chapter. I turn fifty this year. I want to keep things normal because it's going to be the last." Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien is slated to arrive in Japan on March 2. He may not be ready for the active roster until some time in early April. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa and Masanori Ishikawa will most likely get starts during an upcoming two-game exhibition series against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Ogawa will likely start the first game on February 28 and Ishikawa the second game on March 1. The starting line-up, one through nine, for the first game, could be: Tetsuto Yamada at second base, Shingo Kawabata at third, Lastings Milledge at designated hitter, Yuhei in center, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama at first, Yasuhiro Tanaka in left, Keiji Obiki at short, Yuhei Nakamura at catcher, and Tsuyoshi Ueda in right. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015

[2/24/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:50 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama is slated to start a practice game against Samsung (KBO) at YafuOku Dome on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015, Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to continue testing different line-ups until the start of the regular season. He would like to establish an "everyday" line-up for the regular season. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015
  • The Hawks scanned and checked shoulders for every pitcher in the organization during spring camp using three ultrasound machines. The goal was to get a better feel for shoulder conditions and to establish potential baselines for some of the players. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroshi Moriwaki is thinking about testing some Ni-gun players during a five-game (practice games) stretch that begins on the 24th. Players like Yoshitomo Tani and Keiichi Hirano might see some playing time on the 27th (vs Seibu) or 28th (vs Hanshin). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hiroshi Urano rejoined the Ichi-gun team on the 24th after missing time with some tightness in his right inner thigh. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015
  • A retirement ceremony will be held for assistant general manager Masao Kida on March 4. He will face Yomiuri manager Tatsunori Hara and his catcher will be player/battery coach Satoshi Nakajima. Kida began his NPB career with the Yomiuri Giants; the last NPB team he played for was the Nippon Ham Fighters. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015, Sponichi 2/24/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka could present his graduation thesis in early March to make sure he has enough time to make corrections before his final submission deadline on March 20 without cutting into his practice schedule. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015

Seibu Lions

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiroshi Katayama made his debut as a position player in a Ni-gun practie game against KT (KBO) on Tuesday. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 6th and flied out to right. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015