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[11/12/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: Shohei Otani’s outing, pitch-by-pitch

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 11:35 pm, under Samurai Japan
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Daily Sports posted Shohei Otani's outing, pitch-by-pitch.

Hitter Result Pitch Velocity (km/h)
Escobar, Alcides called strike fastball 152
  ball fastball 155
  F9 fastball 153
Fowler, Dexter ball fastball 157
  foul fastball 157
  ball slider 138
  foul fastball 156
  ball fork 140
  F7 fastball 156
Zobrist, Ben ball fastball 159
  foul fastball 158
  G3 fastball 158

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Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2014

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

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 4:57 am, under Samurai Japan
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Notes:

  • Shintaro Fujinami took a batted ball off his right hand (specifically, the thumb) during the 2nd inning of Monday's game against Softbank-Nippon Ham. He was treated with ice and then taken to a hospital in Fukuoka. He returned to the team hotel past 9:00pm and told reporters there was no pain and that he was alright. There is a chance he could be scratched from his Game 4 start. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014, Sports Hochi 11/11/2014, Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Fujinami was diagnosed with a bruise. He did not play catch on Tuesday, but did do some light throwing. He told reporters he was fine. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014 ... Fujinami is currently slated to make his Game 4 start as planned. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014
  • Samurai Japan held full-squad workouts at Naruohama on Tuesday. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo took thirty-four swings during batting practice and hit six over the fence. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Sho Nakata took thirty-nine swings during extra batting practice and hit eight over the fence. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014
  • Shohei Otani tossed a bullpen session on Tuesday. He is slated to make an appearance in relief on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014 ... Otani threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014 ... Otani has permission to take batting practice. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014
  • It took Koshien grounds crew about six hours to rebuild the mound and batter's box/home plate area according to MLB specifications. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014
  • Hideki Matsui will be a guest commentator for Games 2 and 3 of the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. Norichika Aoki will be a guest commentator for Games 1 and 2. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014
  • About 450 people (players, coaches, staff, family) attended a Suzuki Japan All-Star Series Welcoming Party at a hotel in Osaka on Monday. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014
  • Sadaharu Oh and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. Source: official announcement
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[11/10/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: MLB All-Stars Starters and other notes

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 5:10 am, under Samurai Japan
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Notes

  • Shohei Otani picked the number sixteen because it was the number Hideo Nomo wore when he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nomo is a pitcher Otani respects and admires. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014 ... Otani will most likely make an appearance in relief on the 12th. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2014
  • Shota Takeda showed Shintaro Fujinami and Otani how he throws the curve during practices on Sunday. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014, Daily Sports 11/10/2014, Sanspo 11/10/2014
  • Tetsuto Yamada worked out at all infield positions other than short during infield drills and fielding practice on Sunday. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014
  • Pitching mounds at stadiums that will be used during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series were all re-built with dirt normally used at MLB stadium. The mound at YafuOku Dome was re-buil with dirt from Turface Athletics. The MLB requested the change. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014
  • Yutaka Fukumoto is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on the 12th. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2014
  • The MLB All-Stars worked out at Koshien Stadium for about two hours on Monday. Source: Sanspo 11/10/2014
  • Hisashi Iwakuma, Jeremy Guthrie, and Matt Shoemaker will be used as starters. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

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MLB All-Stars starting pitchers:

  • November 11: Chris Capuano
  • November 12: Matt Shoemaker
  • November 14: Hisashi Iwakuma
  • November 15: Jeremy Guthrie
  • November 16: Chris Capuano

Source: Sanspo 11/10/2014

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Starters for Tuesday's MLB All-Stars vs Hanshin-Yomiuri at Koshien: Chris Capuano and Atsushi Nomi.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

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[11/9/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: Monday’s line-up and pitchers and other news

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 4:58 am, under Samurai Japan
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  • Samurai Japan posted a video of Shintaro Fujinami and Shohei Otani putting on the team uniform for the first time. Source: official announcement
  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will replace Akira Nakamura on the roster. Nakamura was scratched because of a right shoulder injury. Source: official announcement ... Tsutsugo will join Samurai Japan on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Shota Takeda tossed about thirty pitches in the bullpen on the 7th. It was the first day he started working with an MLB baseball. He told reporters he was not having any major issues throwing the ball. Takeda was named as an alternate on the 6th for Yakult's Yasuhiro Ogawa (scratched due to an injury). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Samurai Japan worked out as a team for the first time on Sunday at YafuOku Dome. Full-squad workouts lasted about two hours. The team spent some time on tie-breaker scenarios: runners on first and second with no out. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Sho Nakata took twenty-eight swings during batting practice and hit three over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014 ... Yuki Yanagita took thirty swings and hit three over the fence, Yoshio Itoi took thirty swings and hit five over the fence, and Seiichi Uchikawa took thirty-four swings and hit one over the fence. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami is scheduled to start Monday's game against Softbank-Nippon Ham at YafuOku Dome. Minoru Iwata will follow Fujinami. A total seven pitchers will most likely pitch on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014 ... The Softbank-Nippon Ham team will counter with Nao Higashihama as their starter. Yuya Iida will most likely follow Higashihama. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • The MLB All-Stars arrived at Kansai Airport on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014

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Samurai Japan starting line-up for Monday's game against Softbank-Nippon Ham:

  1. Yanagita, Yuki - CF
  2. Kikuchi, Ryosuke - 2B
  3. Itoi, Yoshio - RF
  4. Nakata, Sho - LF
  5. Uchikawa, Seiichi - DH
  6. Sakamoto, Hayato - SS
  7. Matsuda, Nobuhiro - 3B
  8. Akaminai, Ginji - 1B
  9. Shima, Motohiro - C

Pitchers that will be used: Shintaro Fujinami (two innings), Minoru Iwata (two innings), Yuki Nishi (one inning), Takahiro Matsuba (one inning), Shota Takeda (one inning), Tomomi Takahashi (one inning), and Yuji Nishino (one inning).

Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

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2014 Suzuki Japan All-Star Series

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 11:21 pm, under Samurai Japan
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Series MVP: Yanagita, Yuki.

Samurai Japan won the series, 3-2.

Date Time Gm   Score   Venue Attendance TV
11/10 Mon 18:00 EX Softbank-Nippon Ham 1-0 Samurai Japan YafuOku Dome 23446 Fuji TV
11/11 Tue 18:00 EX MLB All-Stars 8-7 Hanshin-Yomiuri Koshien Stadium 26946 Nippon TV
11/12 Wed 18:00 1 MLB All-Stars 0-2 Samurai Japan Kyocera Dome 33003 Nippon TV
11/14 Fri 18:00 2 MLB All-Stars 4-8 Samurai Japan Tokyo Dome 42277 Nippon TV
11/15 Sat 18:00 3 MLB All-Stars 0-4 Samurai Japan Tokyo Dome 46084 Nippon TV
11/16 Sun 18:00 4 MLB All-Stars 6-1 Samurai Japan Tokyo Dome 43705 TV Asahi
11/18 Tue 19:00 5 MLB All-Stars 3-1 Samurai Japan Sapporo Dome 30159 TBS
11/20 Thu 18:00 EX MLB All-Stars 4-6 Samurai Japan Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha 17941 TBS

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[11/8/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: Starting rotation and other notes

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 4:41 am, under Samurai Japan
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Samurai Japan gathered at a hotel in Fukuoka on Saturday. They will hold workouts at YafuOku Dome on the 9th before their Softbank-Nippon Ham practice game on the 10th.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2014

Samurai Japan starting pitchers for the five-game series against the MLB All-Stars:

  • Game 1: Kenta Maeda
  • Game 2: Chihiro Kaneko
  • Game 3: Takahiro Norimoto
  • Game 4: Shintaro Fujinami
  • Game 5: Shohei Otani.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2014, Sponichi 11/8/2014

Representative players from each level of Samurai Japan (six in all) will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Samurai Japan vs Softbank-Nippon Ham game at YafuOku Dome on the 10th.

  • Women: Risa Nakashima
  • 12U: Hyuma Araki
  • 15U: Taisei Chiwata
  • 18U: Kazuya Katsuki
  • University: Tomohiro Hamada
  • Amateur: Shigeki Nakano

Source: official announcement

Other notes:

  • Motohiro Shima was named team captain. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014
  • Chihiro Kaneko tossed a bullpen session on Friday. It was his second session with an MLB baseball. He told reporters he had difficulty controlling the fastball, but was fine with his other pitches. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014
  • Softbank's Akira Nakamura was scratched from the Samurai Japan roster on Saturday because of inflammation in his right rotator cuff. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2014
  • A Suzuki Japan All-Star Series app (Japanese) has been released at the App Store and Google Play. Source: official announcement
  • The Softbank-Nippon Ham mixed team roster has been updated.
  • Ryota Arai was scratched from the Hanshin-Yomiuri roster because he is still not fully recovered from lower back problems. Source: Sanspo 11/8/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi is expected to start the MLB All-Stars vs Hanshin-Yomiuri game at Koshien on the 11th. He threw forty-three pitches in the bullpen on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014, Sanspo 11/8/2014

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The MLB All-Star team worked out for about two hours at Dodger Stadium on Friday. Hisashi Iwakuma will most likely start Game 1. Tsuyoshi Wada will probably be used as a reliever.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2014

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[11/7/2014] 2014 Suzuki Japan All-Star Series Rosters

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 12:22 am, under International, Samurai Japan
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Samurai Japan

Uni Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team
90 MGR 小久保 裕紀 Kokubo, Hiroki  
73 Head 奈良原 浩 Narahara, Hiroshi  
41 Hitting 稲葉 篤紀 Inaba, Atsunori  
89 Pitching 鹿取 義隆 Katori, Yoshitaka  
88 Battery 矢野 燿大 Yano, Akihiro  
87 INF/BR 仁志 敏久 Nishi, Toshihisa  
83 OF/BR 村松 有人 Muramatsu, Arihito  
12 P 松葉 貴大 Matsuba, Takahiro Orix
14 P 則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro Rakuten
15 P 井納 翔一 Ino, Shoichi Yokohama
16 P 大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei Nippon Ham
17 P 藤浪 晋太郎 Fujinami, Shintaro Hanshin
18 P 前田 健太 Maeda, Kenta Hiroshima
19 P 金子 千尋 Kaneko, Chihiro Orix
21 P 西 勇輝 Nishi, Yuki Orix
26 P 西野 勇士 Nishino, Yuji Lotte
30 P 武田 翔太 Takeda, Shota Softbank
35 P 牧田 和久 Makita, Kazuhisa Seibu
43 P 高橋 朋己 Takahashi, Tomomi Seibu
47 P 岩田 稔 Iwata, Minoru Hanshin
10 C 小林 誠司 Kobayashi, Seiji Yomiuri
22 C 伊藤 光 Ito, Hikaru Orix
37 C 嶋 基宏 Shima, Motohiro Rakuten
2 INF 今宮 健太 Imamiya, Kenta Softbank
3 INF 松田 宣浩 Matsuda, Nobuhiro Softbank
4 INF 菊池 涼介 Kikuchi, Ryosuke Hiroshima
6 INF 坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato Yomiuri
13 INF 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho Nippon Ham
23 INF 山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto Yakult
25 INF 筒香 嘉智 Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo Yokohama
33 INF 銀次 Akaminai, Ginji Rakuten
1 OF 内川 聖一 Uchikawa, Seiichi Softbank
7 OF 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio Orix
9 OF 丸 佳浩 Maru, Yoshihiro Hiroshima
44 OF 柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki Softbank
60 OF 中村 晃 Nakamura, Akira Softbank

MLB All-Stars

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team
MGR ジョン・ファレル Farrell, John BOS
Coach テリー・フランコナ Francona, Terry CLE
Coach ブライアン・バターフィールド Butterfield, Brian BOS
Coach デマーロ・ヘール Hale, DeMarlo TOR
Coach マイク・マダックス Maddux, Mike TEX
Coach フアン・ニエベス Nieves, Juan BOS
P ジェフ・ベリボー Beliveau, Jeff TBR
P ジェリー・ブレビンス Blevins, Jerry WSN
P クリス・カプアーノ Capuano, Chris NYY
P ランディ・チョート Choate, Randy STL
P ジェレミー・ガスリー Guthrie, Jeremy KCR
P トミー・ハンター Hunter, Tommy BAL
P 岩隈 久志 Iwakuma, Hisashi SEA
P マーク・メランコン Melancon, Mark PIT
P フランクリン・モラレス Morales, Franklin COL
P ヘクター・サンティアゴ Santiago, Hector LAA
P マット・シューメーカー Shoemaker, Matt LAA
P ホセ・べラス Veras, Jose HOU
P 和田 毅 Wada, Tsuyoshi CHC
P ロブ・ウッテン Wooten, Rob MIL
C ドルー・ビュテラ Butera, Drew LAD
C エリク・クラッツ Kratz, Erik KCR
C サルバドール・ペレス Perez, Salvador KCR
INF ホセ・アルトゥーべ Altuve, Jose HOU
INF ロビンソン・カノ Cano, Robinson SEA
INF アルシデス・エスコバル Escobar, Alcides KCR
INF エバン・ロンゴリア Longoria, Evan TBR
INF ジャスティン・モーノー Morneau, Justin COL
INF エドュアルド・ヌネス Nunez, Eduardo MIN
INF カルロス・サンタナ Santana, Carlos CLE
OF デクスター・ファウラー Fowler, Dexter HOU
OF ヤシエル・プイグ Puig, Yasiel LAD
INF/OF ルーカス・デューダ Duda, Lucas NYM
INF/OF ベン・ゾブリスト Zobrist, Ben TBR
INF/OF/DH クリス・カーター Carter, Chris HOU

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[11/4/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series Broadcast Schedule

by on Nov.04, 2014 @ 6:17 pm, under Samurai Japan
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Date Game Commentators Channel
11/11 Tue Hanshin-Yomiuri vs MLB All-Stars Setsumaru, Yuichi
Tsuboi, Tomochika
Nippon Television
11/12 Wed Samurai Japan vs MLB All-Stars Game 1 Setsumaru, Yuichi
NPB/MLB Commentator
Nippon Television
11/14 Fri Samurai Japan vs MLB All-Stars Game 2 Setsumaru, Yuichi
NPB/MLB Commentator
Nippon Television
11/15 Sat Samurai Japan vs MLB All-Stars Game 3 Setsumaru, Yuichi
NPB/MLB Commentator
Nippon Television
11/16 Sun Samurai Japan vs MLB All-Stars Game 4 Setsumaru, Yuichi
NPB/MLB Commentator
TV Asahi
11/18 Tue Samurai Japan vs MLB All-Stars Game 5 Setsumaru, Yuichi
NPB/MLB Commentator
TBS
11/20 Wed Samurai Japan vs MLB All-Stars Taniguchi, Hiroaki
Yabuta, Yasuhiko
TBS
11/10 Mon Samurai Japan vs Softbank-Nippon Ham Rakuten Showtime Fuji TV

The games will also be available online, via Samurai Japan Internet Live. One game will cost 300 yen. A seven game pack will also be available for 1,500 yen.

Source: official announcement

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[11/2/2014] Suzuki All-Star Series: Hisashi Iwakuma joins MLB roster

by on Nov.03, 2014 @ 2:56 am, under Samurai Japan
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Samurai Japan announced on Saturday that Hisashi Iwakuma (Mariners) and Lucas Duda (Mets) were added to the MLB roster. Iwakuma joins Tsuyoshi Wada (Cubs) as the only Japanese players on the MLB roster. The remaining members of the MLB team will be released at a later date.

Source: official announcement

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