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[2/6/2016] JABA: Industrial League vs NPB Schedule

by on Feb.07, 2016 @ 3:17 am, under Industrial, NPB

Date Time Team Opponent Venue
02/14 12:30 JR四国
JR Shikoku
阪神タイガース
Hanshin Tigers
安芸市営球場
Aki Stadium
02/15 12:30 パナソニック
Panasonic
福岡ソフトバンクホークス
Softbank Hawks
生目の杜運動公園第二球場
Ikimeno Mori Sports Park Stadium 2
02/25 12:00 西部ガス
Saibu Gas
東京ヤクルトスワローズ
Yakult Swallows
西都原運動公園野球場
Saitobaru Sports Park Stadium
02/25 12:30 セガサミー
Sega Sammy
東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス
Rakuten Eagles
お倉ヶ浜総合公園野球場
Okuragahama Park Stadium
02/25 13:00 JX-ENEOS 千葉ロッテマリーンズ
Chiba Lotte Marines
薩摩川内市総合運動公園
Satsumasendai Sports Park
02/27 12:30 トヨタ自動車
Toyota Jidosh
東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス
Rakuten Eagles
延岡市西階野球場
Nobeoka Nishishina Stadium
02/28 12:30 西部ガス
Saibu Gas
東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス
Rakuten Eagles
お倉ヶ浜総合公園野球場
Okuragahama Park Stadium

Source: official schedule

[2/5/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.06, 2016 @ 3:48 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters had the day off on February 5.
  • Shohei Otani could make it into an intra-squad game as a position player on February 6. Source: Daily Sports 2/4/2016 ... Otani is set to start a practice game against Lotte (KBO) on February 10 and pitch two innings. Source: Sponichi 2/5/2016
  • San Diego Padres' senior adviser Trevor Hoffman spoke to members of the pitching staff on February 4. Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2016
  • The Fighters watched the Houston Rockets play the Phoenix Suns on February 4 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines had the day off on February 5.
  • The Marines held a press conference for Jason Standridge on February 5. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes had the day off on February 5.
  • The Buffaloes are planning to call up first round draft pick Masataka Yoshida to Ichi-gun camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2016
  • The Miami Marlins visited Miyazaki camp on February 3. David Samson was impressed with Yutaro Sugimoto's strong arm and body size. Source: Sports Hochi 2/4/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/4/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles had the day off on February 5.
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye is set to get the start in center and bat lead-off in an intra-squad game on February 7. Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2016, Daily Sports 2/5/2016

[2/5/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.06, 2016 @ 3:45 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows had the day off on February 5.
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Urasoe camp on February 4. Source: Sanspo 2/4/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants had the day off on February 5.
  • First round draft pick Toshiki Sakurai ran 3,000 meters in eleven minutes and thirty-six seconds on February 4. It was the second best time among pitchers. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2016 ... Nobutaka Imamura finished in first: eleven minutes and thirty-four seconds. Source: Daily Sports 2/4/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers had the day off on February 5.
  • Ryota Imanari packed three gloves for spring camp: catcher's mitt and an infielder's and outfielder's glove. Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2016
  • Battery coach Akihiro Yano spent over an hour hitting 238 baseballs to second round draft pick Seishiro Sakamoto during extra fielding practice on February 3 -- 148 baseballs from between short and third; and 90 baseballs from the catcher's position. Source: Sanspo 2/4/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons had the day off on February 4.
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Chatan camp on February 5. Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Alex Ramirez hit 210 baseballs to Toshihiko Kuramoto and Tatsuhiro Shibata during extra fielding practice on February 4. Source: Sanspo 2/4/2016 ... Ichi-gun had the day off on February 5. Ramirez visited Ni-gun camp to watch player workouts. Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2016
  • Naoki Shirane weighed 105 kilograms when he played high school ball. His weight dropped to as low as seventy-eight kilograms after turning pro. He currently weighs about ninety kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2016
  • Hiroshi Kobayashi will join Ichi-gun camp on February 6. Source: Sanspo 2/5/2016

[2/5/2016] Hanshin Tigers: UruTora Yellow Uniforms

by on Feb.05, 2016 @ 7:54 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers unveiled the 2016 UruTora alternate uniforms on February 5. Minoru Iwata and Ryota Arai modeled the uniforms for the press.

The uniforms will be worn during UruTora-no Natsu 2016.

  • July 26-28 vs Yakult
  • July 29-31 vs Chunichi

The uniforms will also be worn during a series against Yakult (May 6-8) as a preview.

Source: official announcement

[2/3/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Feb.04, 2016 @ 5:24 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda is not planing to throw anything other than fastballs during spring camp. Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato has told all young pitchers to focus only on their fastballs during the first two blocks of camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito could pitch three innings in a practice game against Lotte (KBO) on February 8 (US time). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016
  • The Royals, Athletics, and Padres watched Shohei Otani toss a bullpen session on February 1. Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Jason Standridge arrived in Japan on February 3. Source: Sponichi 2/3/2016
  • Daichi Suzuki and first round draft pick and first round draft pick Taiga Hirasawa got extra fielding practice on February 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016
  • Hirasawa could get the start at short and bat lead-off for a practice game against Lamigo (CPBL) on February 13. Source: Sanspo 2/3/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Matsuba, Shunichi Sato, and Sachiya Yamasaki could pitch in an intra-squad game on February 9. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016

[2/3/2016] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.04, 2016 @ 5:22 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Marcos Mateo is set to pitch in an intra-squad game on February 14. Source: Sanspo 2/3/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • Curse of the ehomaki (lucky direction rice wrap). According to Tokyo Sports, foreign Carp players are cursed if they eat an ehomaki during Setsubun (end of the winter). Over the last three years: Mike Zagurski hurt his right ankle the day after Setsubun (2015), Zach Phillips hurt his left knee (2014), and Miguel Socolovich developed tightness in his right calf (2013). The Carp, while not completely convinced of the curse, did not allow their foreign players to eat ehomaki on Setsubun, just in case. Source: Tokyo Sports 2/3/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kazuki Mishima and Yoshiki Sunada could gets starts during an intra-squad game on February 7. Source: Sponichi 2/3/2016
  • Naoki Shirane will be called up to Ichi-gun camp because Toshiro Miyazaki hurt his right ankle during practices on February 3. Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2016
  • Alex Ramirez spent about twenty minutes signing autographs after general practices on February 3. Roughly 200 fans waited in line. Nearly half missed the chance to get an signature because of scheduling issues. Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2016

[2/2/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.03, 2016 @ 5:55 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Yuichi Honda and Kenta Imamiya took about thirty minutes of extra fielding practice on February 2. Infield coach Yusuke Torigoe hit baseballs to the two players. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016, Sports Hochi 2/2/2016
  • Yuki Yanagita was hitting baseballs far enough to reach a road beyond the netting in left at the secondary stadium in Ikkimenomori Sports Park during soft-toss batting practice on February 1. At one point, a truck almost got into an accident when it ran over a ball he hit. For safety reasons, the Hawks decided to have him take batting practice at the main stadium with Group A, beginning on February 2. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • Seven coaches from the CPBL's Chinatrust Brothers visited Miyazaki camp on February 2. They will be in Miyazaki through to February 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines held a press conference for Yamaico Navarro on February 2. Source: official announcement ... Navarro will spend the next few days getting acclimated to Japan and will join the rest of the team for workouts on February 5. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe left the team hotel at 7:50am on February 2 and walked/jogged the four kilometers to Nango Chuo Park in thirty-six minutes. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • Shogo Kimura (tryout) was given a uniform without a number. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016
  • The Lions held a meeting on compliance and the use of social networks on February 1. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Miyazaki camp on February 2. Source: Tokyo Sports 2/2/2016
  • Former Lion Kazuhiro Kiyohara was arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department on February 2 on suspicion of violating the Stimulant Drug Control Law (possession). Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Rauten Eagles Kumejima Cooperative presented the team with Kumejima specialties -- including liquor, prawns, tuna (about fifteen kilograms), and squid (roughly ten kilograms) -- on February 2. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016

[2/2/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.03, 2016 @ 5:25 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura is slated to start a practice game against Yokohama on February 13. Source: Sanspo 2/2/2016
  • Fifth round draft pick Kotaro Yamasaki led all players by running 3,250 meters during a twelve-minute run on February 2. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • Kazuma Okamoto and Daisuke Nakai took fielding practice at third base during early workouts on February 2. Infield coach Hirokazu Ibata hit baseballs to the two players for about thirty minutes. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • First round draft pick Toshiki Sakurai believes in throwing more bullpen sessions than pitches per session. He has never thrown more than about fifty pitches in a session. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • Shigeo Nagashima is scheduled to visit the team during spring camp on February 13 and 14. Hideki Matsui is slated to be with the team through to February 14. Source: ZakZak 2/2/2016
  • The Miyazaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry presented the team with Miyazaki specialties on February 2. Among the items: eight kilograms of strawberries, twenty kilograms of beef, and ten kilograms of spiny lobster. Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tomoaki Kanemoto wants team trainers to be firm with players when they are working in the weight room. Before the start of the off-season, Kanemoto told everyone in the organization that he expected players to be fully prepared at the start of camp. He also emphasized the importance of weights. When he visited the weight room on the first day of spring camp, he noticed some players were not lifting as much as they should and reminded trainers to push players harder. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016, ZakZak 2/2/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp announced on February 2 that assistant hitting coach Yuichiro Mukae was diagnosed with gastroenteritis. He was not feeling well the night before and was examined at a hospital in Nichinan. He got the day off on February 2 and rested at the team hotel. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Nichinan camp on February 2. Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2016

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Shota Imanaga and second round draft pick Kento Kumabara could pitch during a practice game against KIA (KBO) on February 17. Source: Sports Hochi 2/2/2016
  • Former manager Kiyoshi Nakahata visited the team on the first day of spring camp on February 1. Source: Chunichi Sports 2/2/2016

[2/1/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.02, 2016 @ 5:17 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Tsuyoshi Wada ran 2,650 meters during a mandatory twelve-minute run on February 1. Daisuke Matsuzaka ran 2,600 meters. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Dennis Sarfate is scheduled to arrive in Japan some time around February 10. Source: Sanspo 2/1/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ishigakijima spring camp started on February 1. A welcoming ceremony and workouts for Ichi-gun and Ni-gun players took place indoors because of the rain. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Daichi Suzuki will be captain for at least one more year. Source: Sponichi 2/1/2016
  • Yamaico Navarro arrived in Japan on February 1. He will join the team in Ishigakijima on February 2. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

Seibu Lions

  • A welcoming ceremony on February 1 took place inside Kuroshiro Dome because of rain. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Workouts took place indoors on February 1 because of bad weather. Source: Sanspo 2/1/2016
  • The Buffaloes will not be naming a captain this year. However, due to problems with the team's order , Yoshio Itoi will be wearing a C on his uniform until a corrected version is sent to him. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Miyazaki camp on February 1. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto will get his fourth consecutive opening day start. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016
  • Ginji wore a t-shirt with the letters GNTM on the sleeve. There is a letter for every member of his family (himself, his wife, and his two sons). Source: Sponichi 2/1/2016
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye got a haircut before the start of spring camp. Yuki Matsui recommended a place and payed for the cut in advance. Okoye sat in between Tetsuro Nishida and Takahiro Shimotsuma on the flight to Kumejima spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

[2/1/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.02, 2016 @ 5:10 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows attended a welcoming ceremony at the Urasoe city offices on February 1. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • The first day of practices started at 10:00am. About 200 members of the media, eighteen television cameras, and roughly 300 fans were on hand. A welcoming ceremony took place inside Ginoza Dome before practices because of the rain. Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2016, Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Nelson Perez was reassigned to Ichi-gun spring camp because of Hayata Ito's injury (right shoulder). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016
  • Batting practice scrimmage on February 1 (Ni-gun): Fumihito Haraguchi recorded three hits, including a home run to left. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • The team's welcoming ceremony on February 1 took place indoors because of bad weather. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • A welcoming ceremony was held indoors on February 1 because of the bad weather. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars