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Nikkan Sports: 佑vsマー君…高校時代に4度対戦/VTR

by on Sep.10, 2011 @ 3:09 pm, under Scrapbook, その他
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Nikkan Sportsより:

日本ハム斎藤佑樹投手と楽天田中将大投手のプロ初対決が今日10日、ついに実現。両投手は高校時代に公式戦で4試合投げ合っている。対戦成績は斎藤の2勝1敗1分け。

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Nikkan Sports 9/10/2011

Yuki Saito News and Notes: March 10, 2011

by on Mar.10, 2011 @ 11:57 am, under NPB
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This post will be updated with information as it becomes available so keep checking back if you have any interest in Yuki Saito.

===== 3/11 @ 12:11am

Practice for Saito today included playing catch and running ten 50 meter dashes.  He also spent some time talking to Masao Kida about pitching tactics and got some pointers on how to throw the change from pitching coach Hiroshi Shibakusa.

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Saito will be rejoining the Ichi-gun roster on the 12th when the Fighters take on the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium.  He told reporters he was looking forward to being able to toss a bullpen session at his old stomping grounds.

===== 3/10 @ 11:57am

TBS will be picking up Saito's start against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Sunday (or at least whatever is going on during the game between 2pm and 2:54pm).  Incidentally, the game on Sunday begins at 1pm.

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Saito told reporters yesterday this his goal for his start on the 13th was to avoid losing and not to toss a shutout.  He also said he didn't want to think about pacing himself too much and wanted to go all out in each and every inning he pitches (scheduled for 5 innings at about 80 pitches).

Yuki Saito News and Notes: March 9, 2011

by on Mar.09, 2011 @ 3:13 pm, under NPB
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Saito threw 61 pitches in the bullpen today.  He threw all of his pitches, with a focus on his slider.  Saito will throw one more bullpen session on the 12th before his exhibition game start against Yokohama on the 13th.

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Saito will most likely get two more exhibition game starts before the regular season begins.  He could also get his first regular season start on the 30th against Orix (at Tokyo Dome).

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About 100 fans were at Kamagaya yesterday.

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Saito got his hair cut on the 7th (at the same place he used to get his hair cut while in college).  He also told reporters yesterday that he plans to continue following his normal routine of going to sleep early and waking up early during the regular season.

Big Four: Saito, Oishi, Sawamura, Fukui (March 8, 2011)

by on Mar.08, 2011 @ 2:24 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated with information as it becomes available so keep checking back if you have any interest in Yuki Saito, Tatsuya Oishi, and Hirokazu Sawamura, and / or Yuya Fukui.

===== 3/8 @ 3:44pm

Oishi's next start will in an Ikusei League game against Yomiuri on the 10th.

===== 3/8 @ 2:24pm

Saito worked out for about 2 hours at Kamagaya today (catch, trunk muscle exercises).  He also spent some time talking to Yu Darvish about his training methods.

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Saito is expected to toss 2-3 bullpens at Kamagaya before his start against the Yokohama Bay Stars on the 13th.

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Because Oishi's start was canceled today due to poor field conditions due to snowfall, he threw about 50 pitches in the bullpen.

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According to Nikkan Sports, Sawamura told reporters that he wants to continue working on his fastball and forgo working on any new pitches, like the cutter.  Sanspo mentions that Sawamura also wants to polish his curve after seeing how Masahiro Tanaka used it so well during his outing against the Seibu Lions on the 6th.

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Candidates for the Carp starting rotation has been narrowed down to 8 pitchers, of which Fukui is one them.

Fukui's next appearance will be a start on the 10th during an Ikusei League game against Softbank (3 innings).  How he pitches during this game will likely go a long way towards determining whether or not he'll make the starting rotation.

On Monday, Fukui threw over 60 pitches in the bullpen.

Yuki Saito News and Notes: March 7, 2011

by on Mar.07, 2011 @ 3:00 pm, under NPB
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Saito next outing will be as a starter against the Yokohama Bay Stars (at Yokohama) on the 13th.  He is expected to pitch 5 innings and throw 60-80 pitches.

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Saito threw 70 pitches in the bullpen before his outing against the Yomiuri Giants yesterday.

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Saito will not be traveling with the team for their upcoming road-trip, but instead headed to Kamagaya today to continue his training.  He'll be rejoining the team on the 12th, a day before a scheduled outing against the Yokohama Bay Stars on the 13th.  Yu Darvish is also at Kamagaya.

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Sanspo is carrying the following comments from Saito (taken yesterday):

On looking back to your outing [against the Yomiuri Giants]...

I was able to pitch my game.  I can't really put a grade on it, but I think things are getting better.  And my goal for the game was the same as always: keeping my pitches down and working on my fastball.

Your thoughts on the Giants' line-up...

It was scary having to face [that line-up].  And I felt a strong aura from Abe-san.  It really felt like they had a lot of really great hitters in the line-up.

On getting Sakamoto to fly out to center...

He did end up flying out to center, but he also hit the ball right on the button.  I need to get in on him a little more.

You started him off with a fork...

I thought he might go fishing.

You threw a lot of two-seamers to the left-handed batters....

I think I may have thrown the two-seamer a little too much.  I think it's a pitch I can use.  [But] I really need to use my fastball more.  I need to think things over.

One your "first pro victory"...

I'm happy about it.  Does it make me feel more confident?  Not yet.  I only threw 3 innings and there's still a long road ahead of me.

Any pitches you felt good about?

I'm starting to get my slider over well.  I think I have a better feel for it.  I still need more time with my fork.  I need them to swing [and miss] on that pitch, but they're still able to check their swings.  I want to increase the number of pitches I can use.

Your goals moving forward?

I want to decrease the number of times batters hit the ball square.

You're next outing will be a start against the Yokohama Bay Stars...

More innings means a different style of pitching.  [I need to set the rhythm and] not let the batters get to me.

Yuki Saito Preseason News and Notes: March 2, 2011

by on Mar.02, 2011 @ 8:52 am, under NPB
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===== 3/2 @ 11:54pm

The Yokohama Bay Stars are already thinking ahead to their exhibition game against the Fighters on the 13th.  Since there's a good chance Saito could end up pitching on that day, the Bay Stars are already thinking about beefing up stadium security.

===== 3/2 @ 11:10pm

Saito topped out at 144km/h.  Both his parents were also at the game.  Saito's next outing will be in an exhibition game against they Yomiuri Giants on 3/6.

===== 3/2 @ 10:29pm

Saito was called for his first balk in the 6th inning with Aoki up to bat and Kawashima on first.

===== 3/2 @ 9:17pm

Saito's outing against the Yakult Swallows today:

5th inning - Kazuhiro Hatakeyama: fly out to center, Ryoji Aikawa: fly out to right, Yasushi Iihara: ground out to the pitcher.

6th inning - Keizo Kawashima: single to right, Aaron Guiel: fly out to left, Norichika Aoki: ground out to short, Hiroyasu Tanaka: ground out to second.

Saito - "It was my first time on the Sapporo Dome mound, but I was able to keep my composure and I felt great pitching.  I also had a much better handle of my fastball than back when I was in Okinawa.  I think I did alright."

===== 3/2 @ 8:52am

Saito will be allowed to throw all his pitches (fastball, two-seamer, slider, cutter, fork, curve, change)  during his 2-inning outing in relief today.

And it seems tickets for Field Seats on the first and third base side and Family Seats are already sold out.

Incidentally, Norichika Aoki will be in the line-up today -- he was hit by a pitch on the right shoulder during an exhibition game on 2/26 but is ok to play.  Saito was supposed to pitch against the Yakult Swallows during a practice game in Nago, Okinawa on 2/20 but couldn't due to stomach problems.  In the end, it didn't really matter since the game ended up getting rained out.

Yuki Saito Preseason News and Notes: March 1, 2011

by on Mar.01, 2011 @ 10:32 pm, under NPB
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Saito worked out at Sapporo Dome today for the first time since joining the team (including running, playing catch, infield drills, and fielding practice).  He also threw about 50 pitches in the bullpen.

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About 100 people gathered at New Chitose Airport last night (after 9pm) in order to greet Saito.

Yuki Saito Preseason News and Notes: February 27, 2011

by on Feb.27, 2011 @ 11:12 am, under NPB
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===== 2/27 @ 12:14pm

Saito's curve was clocked at 111km/h.

===== 2/27 @ 11:12am

Saito topped out at 142km/h yesterday.  And of the 19 pitches he threw, 15 were fastballs, 3 were two-seamers, and 1 was a curve.

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Sanspo is carrying comments taken from Saito after yesterday's game:

What are your thoughts after your second game?

Just like the last game, I focused on my control and on the movement on my fastball.  I also threw the curve and two-seamer, but I felt really good about the fastball.

Your last appearance was canceled due to stomach pains.  Were you feeling a little antsy because of the extra time you ended up having in between appearances?

Not really.  Maybe during the regular season, but it's still early.

You gave up a hit, a walk, and 0 runs over an inning of work...

The fact that I was able to toss a shutout inning will help with my confidence.  The mistake pitch, or the pitch I happened to throw at that moment, ended up getting hit [for a double by Naotaka Takehara].  I also don't feel too good about the walk I gave up.  I still need to work on my control.

You seemed to have a little more on your pitches this time around...

My feel for pitching hasn't really changed.  The fact that it's getting warmer is helping.  All I'm doing right now is trying to stay relaxed on the mound while throwing pitches with movement.

It was your first game against a domestic team...

Lotte is a team that won last year.  I pitched against the middle of the line-up, so I definitely got a little pumped.

Eiichi Koyano made a nice play [on the foul out to third]...

I thought he made a great play.  He really helped me out there.

What did you take away from this outing?

That I still need to work on pitching out of the set position.  I want to put everything on the table and do my best to make the active roster.

Yuki Saito Preseason News and Notes: February 26, 2011

by on Feb.26, 2011 @ 7:09 pm, under NPB
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Saito entered the game in the 6th and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  He threw a total 19 pitches and allowed 1 hit.

Inning Recap

6th inning

Kiyota Ikuhiro - fouled out to first on a 1-0 fastball.

Shoitsu Omatsu - walked on a 3-2 fastball (9 pitches).

Naotaka Takehara - doubled on a 2-1 fastball; runners on second and third.

Kei Hosoya - grounded out to third; runner thrown out at home.

Takeshi Kanazawa - fouled out to third on a 2-0 fastball.

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The media learned that the Fighters are planning on using Saito as a starter this year.  He pitched in relief today (vs LOT) and will pitch in relief on 3/2 (vs YAK) and 3/6 (vs YOM), but will be used as a starter thereafter.

The Fighters original plan included having Saito make appearances as both a starter and reliever.

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Saito told reporters that he managed to accomplish about 90% of the things he set out to do.

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The Fighters drew 27,650 fans during spring camp (20 days).

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Yu Darvish's comments on Saito:

I was able to see the man behind the mask, the real [Saito].  I figured out what kind of guy he is.  And I think he's done a good job mixing in with the team.

Yuki Saito Spring Camp News and Notes: February 25, 2011

by on Feb.25, 2011 @ 3:06 pm, under NPB
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Tomorrow's exhibition game against the Chiba Lotte Marines will be broadcast live over Nippon Hoso, assuming Saito makes an appearance.  If he doesn't, the broadcast will be canceled.

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Masumi Kuwata feels Saito will do just fine if he continues to work on how he transfers his weight while pitching -- big pitchers can get by on just their arms while small pitchers need to rely on how they use their weight to build-up momentum and energy.

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Saito threw his 107-pitch bullpen session yesterday in order to nail down his mechanics.  Before the session, he also spent time reviewing footage of his delivery (taken during his session on 2/22) with pitching coach Masato Yoshii and mapped out areas that need to be worked on.

Saito's game schedule moving forward: 1 inning in relief against the Chiba Lotte Marines tomorrow; 2 innings of relief against the Yakult Swallows on 3/2; 3 innings of relief against the Yomiuri Giants on 3/6.