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[11/19/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: News and Notes

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 2:21 am, under Samurai Japan
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  • Thursday's starters: Shota Takeda (Samurai Japan) vs Hector Santiago (MLB All-Stars)
  • The MLB All-Stars held a baseball clinic for about 200 youths at Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014
  • Japan won the series against the United States 3-2. This is Japan's first series win against an MLB All-Star team since 1990. They also outscored the MLB All-Stars 16-13, a first for Japan. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014
  • Of the sixty-eight pitches Shohei Otani threw on Tuesday, forty-one were clocked at 150km/h or higher. He also threw seven curveballs in the 110 km/h range. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/19/2014 ... Otani was not chewing gum during his outing on Tuesday. He had a toothache. Source: Sanspo 11/19/2014
  • Seiichi Uchikawa, Nobuhiro Matsuda, Tetsuto Yamada, and Robinson Cano hung out at an izakaya (Japanese pub) on the 14th. Uchikawa and Cano exchanged uniforms on the 16th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014
  • Cano is apparently popular among Samurai Japan players -- many have requested bat trades with him. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/18/2014
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[11/16/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: News and Notes

by on Nov.17, 2014 @ 11:06 am, under Samurai Japan
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  • Yuki Nishi hit Robinson Cano with a pitch on Saturday that led to a fracture in his right pinky toe. Nishi apologized to John Farrell before Sunday's game. He also offered Cano an apology after he arrived at the stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2014
  • Evan Longoria received word over his mobile phone during Saturday's game that his wife gave birth to their second child. Longoria spoke to his wife and saw his child over video chat after the game and told reporters he was excited about returning home. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014
  • Jerry Blevins and Hector Santiago watched a Kabuki performance at the Kabuki-za in Ginza on Sunday. They also met one of the actors, Somegoro Ichikawa. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014 ... Jeremy Guthrie visited the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Tokyo Dome. Source: official announcement
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[11/15/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: News and Notes

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 4:11 am, under Samurai Japan
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  • Robinson Cano was removed from Saturday's game after he was hit by a pitch during his third at bat in the 7th inning. John Farrell told reporters it was the right pinky toe. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014 ... Cano was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right pinky toe. He will require three to four weeks for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014, MLB.com 11/15/2014
  • Samurai Japan recorded a no-hitter on Saturday. It as the third no-hitter recorded during a Japan-US series. The previous two: 5-0 by the MLB against All-Japan on November 11, 1990 (Game 8) and 2-0 by the Orioles against Yomiuri on November 2, 1971 (Game 7). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014
  • Japan will win its first series against the US since Japan went 4-3-1 in 1990. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda was issued an intentional walk during Friday's game and became the first Japanese player to record an intentional walk during a Japan-US game since Hideki Matsui in 1996 (Game 5). Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014
  • Yuki Yanagita drove in four runs during Friday's game and became the first Japanese player to record four RBI in a Japan-US game since Hideki Matsui in 1996 (Game 7). Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014
  • Hisashi Iwakuma does not plan on participating in anymore Japan-US games in the future. Before the start, he told reporters he was unprepared and tired. He did not want anyone expecting too much from him. He also said he almost considered turning down the invite to play. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014, Tokyo Sports 11/14/2014
  • Scouts from about ten MLB teams, including the Blue Jays, Rangers, and Red Sox, were at Friday's game at Tokyo Dome. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014, Sports Hochi 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014
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[11/14/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: News and Notes

by on Nov.15, 2014 @ 2:39 am, under Samurai Japan
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  • Shohei Otani will most likely focus solely on pitching during the remainder of the Suzuki Japan All Star Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Hector Santiago, Randy Choate, and Dexter Fowler experienced a Japanese tea ceremony at Chinzanso. Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2014 ... A number of players visited Kyoto on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014 ... Jeremy Guthrie connected with his maternal relatives in Mihara, Hiroshima. Tweet: one, two
  • Scouts from nine or more MLB teams, including the Dodgers, were at Wednesday's game. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014, Sponichi 11/13/2014
  • The MLB suffered a shutout on Wednesday, their first during a US-Japan Series since November 9, 2000. For Japan, it was their thirteenth shutout during a US-Japan Series and third where the opponents were a mixed MLB team. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014
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[11/12/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: News and Notes

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 6:03 am, under Samurai Japan
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  • Shintaro Fujinami (right thumb, bruise) is expected to make his start on the 16th as planned. Fujinami participated in full-squad workouts at Kyocera Dome on Wednesday. He was also able to make strong throws while playing catch at a distance of fifty to sixty meters. Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014
  • Hiroki Kokubo is not planning to make any changes to the middle of the batting order: Yoshio Itoi (three), Sho Nakata (four), and Seiichi Uchikawa (five). Source: Sanspo 11/12/2014
  • Robinson Cano, Eduardo Nunez, and Jose Veras visited Space 11 (Yu Darvish Museum) in Kobe on Tuesday. Source: official announcement
  • Evan Longoria recorded a grand slam on Tuesday. It was the first grand slam during a Japan-US game since Barry Bonds on November 14, 2002. Source: Sponichi 11/12/2014
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