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[2/7/2016] Softbank Hawks, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.08, 2016 @ 4:53 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Potential infield: Seiichi Uchikawa at first, Yuichi Honda at second, Nobuhiro Matsuda at third, and Kenta Imamiya at short. Barbaro Canizares is also an option at first. Source: Sponichi 2/7/2016
  • NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki visited Miyazaki spring camp on February 6. Source: Sponichi 2/6/2016
  • Hideo Nomo also visited Miyazaki spring camp on February 6. Source: Sanspo 2/6/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Pitching coach Yoshihiro Doi reported to Nango camp on February 5 after recovering from the flu. Source: Sanspo 2/6/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hisashi Yamada will be a special spring camp instructor between February 6 and 9. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles held a moment of silence before practices on February 7 for the victims of the earthquake in Taiwan on February 6. Source: Sponichi 2/7/2016
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye swung the bat about 500 times during practices on February 6: eighty swings hitting off a tee, fifteen swings during a batting practice scrimmage, 155 swings against a pitching machine, and about 250 more swings hitting off a tee. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2016 ... Over 600 swings including swing practices during night workouts on February 6. Source: Sponichi 2/7/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Kumejima camp on February 7. Source: Sports Hochi 2/7/2016

[2/7/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.08, 2016 @ 4:50 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura is scheduled to start a practice game against Yokohama on February 13. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2016
  • Taichi Ishiyama is a candidate for the closer role. Logan Ondrusek and Ryo Akiyoshi are also possibilities. Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2016
  • First round draft pick Juri Hara is scheduled to toss batting practice on February 12 and 16. He is also set to start an exhibition game against Hanshin on February 21 and pitch two innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2016
  • Wladimir Balentien showed up to practices on February 6 with a shaved head. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2016
  • Tsutomu Wakamatsu joined the team on February 6. He will be a special spring camp instructor until February 15. Source: Sports Hochi 2/6/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki visited Miyazaki spring camp on February 7. Source: Sanspo 2/7/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • Masayuki Kakefu spent about thirty minutes (nonstop) hitting 250 baseballs to Yuto Morikoshi on February 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2016
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto is planning to entertain fans with three at bats against special spring camp instructor Tsuyoshi Shimoyangi before an intra-squad game on February 11. Battery coach Akihiro Yano will be the catcher. If Kanemoto records a hit, position players will be allowed to skip individual workouts after the game. If Shimoyanagi does not allow any hits, pitchers will be allowed to skip inidividual workouts. Source: Chunichi Sports 2/6/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/6/2016
  • Shintaro Fujinami worked on his slidestep during his bullpen session on February 6. His best time was 1.01 seconds to the plate. Source: Sponichi 2/7/2016, Sanspo 2/7/2016
  • Yutaka Enatsu will be a special spring camp instructor between February 7 and 9. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2016
  • Sanspo Tigers' Promise: Fujinami promises to hit one home run at Koshien Stadium this season. If he fails, he owes ten Sanspo readers a New Year's Postcard. If he succeeds, Sanspo will donate nineteen boxes of baseballs to youth baseball. Source: Sanspo 2/6/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Ginoza camp on February 6. Source: Sports Hochi 2/6/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • Sohachi Aniya will be a special spring camp instructor from February 6 until February 25. Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Ginowan camp on February 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2016
  • Yokohama Taiyo Whales mascot Marine-kun (1978-1992) is making a comeback as a Bay Stars mascot. Source: official announcement

[2/7/2016] Batting Practice Scrimmages, Intra-squad Games from February 7

by on Feb.08, 2016 @ 3:16 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ichi-gun batting practice scrimmage, with runners on first and third and one out, February 7
  • Defense:
    • First base: Naomasa Yokawa, Ryota Arai, Fumiya Araki
    • Second base: Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Yamato, Hiroki Uemoto, Fumiya Hojo
    • Third base: Matt Hague, Ryota Imanari
    • Shortstop: Takashi Toritani, Fumiya Hojo
    • Left field: Masahiro Nakatani, Ryosuke Ogata
    • Center field: Taiga Egoshi, Shintaro Yokota
    • Right field: Kosuke Fukudome
  • Naoto Tsuru - Taichi Okazaki
    • Yamato F4, Nishioka 1B9, Arai SF7, Hague G6(DP), Egoshi Ks
  • Kauzhito Futagami - Ryutaro Umeno
    • Ogata G3(DP), Nelson Perez 1B9, Shinji Komiyama G5(DP), Seishiro Sakamoto G5(DP)
  • Takumi Akiyama - Taichi Okazaki
    • Yamato G5(DP), Nishioka FC5, Arai F9, Hague G5, Egoshi G5
  • Naoto Tsuru - Shinji Komiyama
    • Ogata SF9, Perez Ks, Uemoto 1B1, Ryota Imanari 3B9
  • Kauzhito Futagami - Seishiro Sakamoto
    • Umeno F4, Nakatani SF8, Okazaki 2B7, Araki G4(DP), Uemoto 1B7
  • Takumi Akiyama - Shinji Komiyama and Seishiro Sakamoto
    • Imanari G5, Yokawa G5, Hojo 1B8, Yokota F8

Source: Sponichi 2/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/7/2016

  • Ni-gun batting practice scrimmage, February 7
  • Koyo Aoyagi retired the five hitters he faced.
    • Takashi Shimizu K, Yuto Morikoshi K, Fumihito Haraguchi F9, Katsuhiko Saka G4, Naoto Nishida G4
  • Yutaro Itayama recorded two hits: bunt single with a runner on first and no out, RBI single to center with a runner on second and no out.

Source: Daily Sports 2/8/2016, Sanspo 2/8/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Intra-squad game on February 7.
  • Whites 4 - Reds 2 (six innings)
  • Team A: Taiki Sekine (RF), Masayuki Kuwahara (CF), Keijiro Matsumoto (LF), Shotaro Ide (1B), Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS), Hiroki Minei (DH), Musashi Yamamoto (3B), Shuto Takajo (C), Kensuke Uchimura (2B)
  • Team B: Koki Yamashita (2B), Yuki Watanabe (CF), Sho Aranami (RF), Hyuma Matsui (1B), Naoki Shirane (DH), Toshiki Kurobane (DH), Koki Aoyagi (LF), Yasutaka Tobashira (C), Tatsuhiro Shibata (SS)
  • Starting pitchers: Kazuki Mishima and Yoshiki Sunaga (three innings each).
  • Yoshiki Sunada started the game for Team A and gave up four runs on seven hits over three innings of work.
  • Shingo Hirata entered the game in the 4th inning for Team A and retired the side in order. There was a runner on second and two out when he struck out Hyuma Matsui to end the 5th. Hirata tossed two shutout innings and allowed one hit.
  • Kazuki Mishima started the game for Team B and gave up a run on one hit (solo home run to Keijiro Matsumoto in the 3rd inning).
  • Prior to striking out in the 5th, Hyuma Matsui was 2-for-2 with a home run (RBI single to left in the 1st inning and a three-run home run to left in the 3rd inning).
  • Musashi Yamamoto went 0-for-3.
  • Koki Aoyagi recorded a single to left off Yoshiki Sunaga.
  • Catchers on both sides were given signals for every pitch (fifty-five in all, type and location) in the 2nd and 5th innings. Sixty to seventy percent were to the inside portion of the plate.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/7/2016, Sports Hochi 2/8/2016Sponichi 2/7/2016, Sponichi 2/8/2016Daily Sports 2/7/2016, Daily Sports 2/7/2016, Daily Sports 2/8/2016Nikkan Sports 2/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Intra-squad game on February 6.
  • Whites 0 - Reds 0 (four innings)
  • Scouts from eight tp nine MLB teams -- including the Dodgers, Giants, Cubs, Rockies, Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Phillies -- were spotted at the game.
  • Reds: Shohei Otani (DH), Ryosuke Kishisato (CF), Takumi Oshima (1B), Brandon Laird (3B), Ryo Ishikawa (C), Takuya Nakashima (SS), Haruki Nishikawa (LF), Daiki Asama (RF), Kenshi Sugiya (2B), Hayao Segawa (SP)
  • Whites: Go Matsumoto (1B), Kengo Ota (SS), Yuto Takahama (3B), Yuya Taniguchi (LF), Shingo Ishikawa (RF), Hiromi Oka (CF), Shota Ono (C), Ryo Watanabe (2B), Hirotoshi Takanashi (SP)
  • Hayao Segawa tossed two shutout innings and gave up one hit (lead-off double to Go Matsumoto in the 1st inning). He retired the side with eight pitches in the 2nd innings.
  • Hirotoshi Takanashi pitched two perfect innings and struck out four.
  • Shohei Otani went 0-for-2: Ks agaisnt Hirotoshi Takanashi in the 1st inning, G4(DP) against Shogo Yagi with runners on first and third and one out in the 3rd inning.
  • Daiki Asama hit a single to center with one out in the 3rd and later stole second.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/7/2016, Sports Hochi 2/7/2016, Sports Hochi 2/7/2016, Sports Hochi 2/7/2016, Sports Hochi 2/8/2016Daily Sports 2/7/2016, Daily Sports 2/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2016Sponichi 2/7/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Intra-squad game on February 7.
  • Whites 8 - Reds 2 (seven innings)
  • Reds: Ryo Hijirisawa (CF), Toshihito Abe (2B), Eigoro Mogi (3B), Japhet Amador (DH), Akihisa Makida (RF), Taishi Nakagawa (1B), Hiroaki Shimauchi (LF), Motohiro Shima (C), Takumi Miyoshi (SS), Tomohiro Anraku (SP)
  • Whites: Takero Okajima (RF), Louis Okoye (CF), Ginji (3B), Zelous Wheeler (DH), Kenta Kurihara (1B), Tetsuro Nishida (SS), Masayoshi Fukuda (LF), Tadashi Ishimine (C), Takahiro Kakizawa (2B), Yudai Mori (SP)
  • Tomohiro Anraku tossed two shutout innings and gave up one hit.
  • Louis Okoye struck out looking on three pitches against Tomohiro Anraku in his first at bat in the 1st inning. He fouled out to first on seven pitches against Kodai Hamaya in his second at bat in the 4th inning. He flied out to center off Fumiya Ono in the 6th inning and hit a two-run triple to left-center off Kazuya Takahori with runners on first and second and no out in the 7th.
  • Hiroshi Katayama hit a home run off Fumiya Ono in the 6th with runners on first and second and one out. He also hit a double to left off Kodai Hamaya in the 4th inning. He entered the game as a defensive replacement. He went 2-for-3 with three RBI.
  • Eigoro Mogi went 2-for-4: triple to right off Yudai Mori in the 1st inning with none on and two out; single to right off Takahito Otsuka in the 7th inning. He played third and short during the game.
  • Kenta Kurihara recorded a single to center off Yudai Mori in his first trip to the plate in the 2nd inning.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/7/2016, Sports Hochi 2/7/2016, Sports Hochi 2/8/2016, Sports Hochi 2/8/2016, Sports Hochi 2/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2016Sponichi 2/7/2016, Sponichi 2/7/2016, Sponichi 2/7/2016, Sponichi 2/7/2016, Sponichi 2/7/2016, Dailly Sports 2/8/2016

[2/6/2016] Batting Practice Scrimmages from February 6

by on Feb.08, 2016 @ 3:12 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ichi-gun batting practice scrimmage, with runners on first and third and one out, February 6
  • Ryota Arai hit a home run to left off Suguru Iwazaki.
  • Yamato hit a line drive to left off Yuta Iwasada.
  • Ryosuke Ogata hit a single to left off Suguru Iwazaki.
  • Fumiya Araki hit a single to center off Hiroaki Saiuchi.
  • Matt Hague hit a sac fly to right off Suguru Iwazaki and struck out swinging against Yuta Iwasada.
  • Yuta Iwasada faced nine hitters, gave up one hit, and walked one. He also struck out Ryota Arai and Matt Hague.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/7/2016, Sponichi 2/7/2016, Sanspo 2/7/2016

  • Ni-gun batting practice scrimmage, February 6.
  • Yutaro Itayama went 2-for-4 with a home run off Kazuo Ito.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2016, Sanspo 2/7/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • Batting practice scrimmage, February 6
  • Fifth round draft pick Ryoma Nishikawa recorded a single to right off Keita Nishihara in his first trip to the plate (first pitch).
  • Fourth round draft pick Ryota Funakoshi hit a double to left-center off Koyo Fujii in his third trip to the plate (first pitch).

Source: Daily Sports 2/6/2016

[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