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[7/19/2013] Mazda All-Star Game 2013: Game 1 Starting Line-ups

by on Jul.19, 2013 @ 6:51 pm, under NPB
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Starting line-ups for Game 1:

Central League

2B Nishioka, Tsuyoshi
SS Toritani, Takashi
DH Balentien, Wladimir
C Abe, Shinnosuke
1B Blanco, Tony
3B Nakamura, Norihiro
RF Chono, Hisayoshi
CF Maru, Yoshihiro
LF Hirose, Jun
SP Maeda, Kenta

Pacific League

CF Yoh, Dai-Kang
3B Matsuda, Nobuhiro
RF Itoi, Yoshio
LF Nakata, Sho
DH Jones, Andruw
1B Lee, Dae-Ho
2B Asamura, Hideto
C Ito, Hikaru
SS Obiki, Keiji
SP Tanaka, Masahiro

Source: Sports Hochi 7/19/2013

[7/19/2013] Mazda All-Star Game 2013 News and Notes (morning update)

by on Jul.19, 2013 @ 8:49 am, under NPB
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All-Star news and notes from July 19 (morning update):

  • Takashi Toritani is scheduled to start Saturday's game at second base with Hayato Sakamoto at short.  Source: Sanspo 7/19/2013
  • Tomoyuki Sugano is looking forward to the opportunity of asking Kenta Maeda for advice.  He is scheduled to start Game 2 and will most likely pitch three innings.  Source: Source 7/19/2013Sponichi 7/19/2013
  • Shohei Otani and Yusei Kikuchi are scheduled to pitch one inning in relief in Game 1.  Otani will enter the game 5th.  Kikuchi will relieve Otani in the 6th and Otain will shift to the outfield.  Source: Sanspo 7/19/2013Sports Hochi 7/19/2013Sports Hochi 7/19/2013Daily Sports 7/19/2013Sponichi 7/19/2013
  • Shintaro Fujinami wants to absorb as much information as he can from other players and plans to proactively seek advice, both from pitchers and hitters.  He is especially interested in learning about how to improve his curve.Source: Sanspo 7/19/2013
  • Senichi Hoshino on Tanaka participating in the All-Star Series: "I want him to throw at sixty percent. ... The fans have not seen him get lit up this year, so maybe that would be good to show.  That could be considered a service for the fans too."  Source: Sports Hochi 7/19/2013
  • Tanaka told reporters he does not plan on throwing a lot of fastballs and will turn to his off-speed pitches.  "My body is pretty tired.  Doing my absolute best might be a little difficult.  But I will do what I can within reason. ... Kuji [Fujikawa] said he was going to throw all fastballs and did.  I cannot do such a thing.  That is something only Kyuji-san can do. ... I will throw a lot of off-speed pitches.  I will break my body [if I throw nothing but fastballs].  I also do not have that kind of ability."  Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2013
  • The first four pitchers for Game 1 for the Pacific League will likely be Tanaka, Mitsuo Yoshikawa, Otani, and Kikuchi.  Tanaka and Yoshikawa will most likely throw two innings each.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2013
  • Daisuke Miura is planning to throw an 80km/h slow curve.  "I am making an announcement.  I will throw a slow pitch.  My goal is 80km/h. ... Throwing a strike with that pitch is fairly difficult.  But I have been practicing. ... I think pitching ability is being able to throw different kinds of pitches.  I will let the other pitchers worry about fast pitches."  Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2013
  • Yoshio Itoi will be wearing cleats with a streak of gold.  Source: Sponichi 7/19/2013
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa will be using a Wilson glove that has snake skin patterns for the webbing and hand strap.  Source: Sponichi 7/19/2013
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Sakamoto, and Masahiro Tanaka will be sporting specially designed equipment (cleats, batting gloves) with splashes of pink.  Source: Sanspo 7/19/2013Sponichi 7/19/2013
  • Fujinami had a special sapphire-colored glove made for the series.  Source: Sponichi 7/19/2013

[7/18/2013] Mazda All-Star Game 2013 News and Notes

by on Jul.18, 2013 @ 11:00 pm, under NPB
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All-Star Game news and notes from July 18:

  • Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to start Game 1 for the Pacific League.  Kenta Maeda will get the start for the Central League.  Source: Sponichi 7/18/2013
  • Shohei Otani will likely be used as both a pitcher and a position player in Game 1 -- he will enter the game in relief and then move to the outfield and get a trip to the plate.  Source: Sponichi 7/18/2013
  • Hideki Kuriyama is planning to use a lot of Rakuten players when the series moves to Fukushima for Game 3.  Toshiyuki Yanuki will get a chance to pitch at his home turf.  Source: Sponichi 7/18/2013

[7/17/2013] Mazda All-Star Game 2013 News and Notes

by on Jul.18, 2013 @ 12:55 am, under NPB
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All-Star Game news and notes from July 17:

  • Mazda All-Star Game 2013 Charity Auction
    The NPB is planning to raise money for Tohoku earthquake victims by auctioning off game-worn All-Star uniforms (seventy uniforms and six umpire uniforms).  The charity auction will take place between August 1 at 12:00 and August 8 at 23:00.  Source: Sponichi 7/17/2013, official announcement
  • SKYACTIV Technology Award
    The NPB announced details for the SKYACTIV Technology Award - Will be awarded to the one player that leaves the best impression across all three games of the Series.  Source: official announcement
  • The NPB announced that same-day tickets to Game 1 of the All-Star Series will be sold at Sapporo Dome beginning at 3:00pm.  Tickets will be available at the North Ticket Counter, Area A.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/17/2013, official announcement
  • Tatsunori Hara selected Takayuki Terauchi as an alternate for Hector Luna.  "[Terauchi] can play anywhere.  He can also catch if needed.  I think he may be one of the top super-utility players in the CL," said Hara.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/17/2013

Mazda All-Star Game 2013: Plus One, Home Run Derby ballot results

by on Jul.10, 2013 @ 5:19 pm, under NPB
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Plus One Ballot Results

Central League Pacific League
    Player (JPN) Player (ENG) Team Votes     Player (JPN) Player (ENG) Team Votes
1 堂林 翔太 Dobayashi, Shota HIR 3,639 1 内川 聖一 Uchikawa, Seiichi SOF 6,701
  2 大和 Maeda, Yamato HAN 2,783   2 稲葉 篤紀 Inaba, Atsunori HAM 2,708
  3 N.モーガン Morgan, Nyjer YOK 2,480   3 A.バルディリス Baldiris, Aarom ORI 2,179

Individual Ballots: 37,826
Total Votes: 67,916

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Home Run Derby Ballot Results

Game 1 - Sapporo Dome

Central League Pacific League
    Player (JPN) Player (ENG) Team Votes     Player (JPN) Player (ENG) Team Votes
1 T.ブランコ Blanco, Tony YOK 7,895 1 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho HAM 12,961
2 阿部 慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 3,307 2 A.ジョーンズ Jones, Andruw RAK 1,631
  3 W.バレンティン Balentien, Wladimir YAK 3,162   3 李 大浩 Lee, Dae-Ho ORI 1,202
  4 新井 貴浩 Arai, Takahiro HAN 1,515   4 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio ORI 1,142
  5 中村 紀洋 Nakamura, Norihiro YOK 1,204   5 陽 岱鋼 Yoh, Dai-Kang HAM 885

Game 2 - Jingu Stadium

Central League Pacific League
    Player (JPN) Player (ENG) Team Votes     Player (JPN) Player (ENG) Team Votes
1 W.バレンティン Balentien, Wladimir YAK 11,428 1 李 大浩 Lee, Dae-Ho ORI 5,061
2 T.ブランコ Blanco, Tony YOK 2,305 2 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho HAM 3,928
  3 阿部慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 1,714   3 A.ジョーンズ Jones, Andruw RAK 3,482
  4 新井 貴浩 Arai, Takahiro HAN 1,375   4 井口 資仁 Iguchi, Tadahito LOT 1,643
  5 中村 紀洋 Nakamura, Norihiro YOK 852   5 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio ORI 1,619

Game 3 - Iwaki Green Stadium

Central League Pacific League
    Player (JPN) Player (ENG) Team Votes     Player (JPN) Player (ENG) Team Votes
1 T.ブランコ Blanco, Tony YOK 5,081 1 A.ジョーンズ Jones, Andruw RAK 6,458
2 阿部慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 4,454 2 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho HAM 3,732
  3 中村 紀洋 Nakamura, Norihiro YOK 2,780   3 李 大浩 Lee, Dae-Ho ORI 3,082
  4 W.バレンティン Balentien, Wladimir YAK 2,355   4 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio ORI 1,720
  5 新井 貴浩 Arai, Takahiro HAN 1,918   5 松田 宣浩 Matsuda, Nobuhiro SOF 1,134

Individual Ballots: 21,399
Total Votes: 119,029

[7/9/2013] Mazda All-Star Game 2013 News and Notes over the last few days

by on Jul.09, 2013 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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All-Star Game news and notes over the last few days:

  • Hideki Kuriyama is planning to bat Sho Nakata clean-up in Game 1 (Sapporo Dome).  Source: Sanspo 7/8/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/8/2013
  • Atsushi Nomi will most likely start Game 3.  Source: Sanspo 7/9/2013
  • Tatsunori Hara plans to base his starting line-up for Game 1 on players that finished in first in fan balloting.  For Game 3, he plans to use the players that performed well in Games 1 and 2.  Kan Otake will most likely follow Nomi in Game 3.  Source: Daily Sports 7/9/2013
  • The NPB announced that they are going to sell a number of extra tickets for Games 2 and 3.  A number of seats that were not available because of "problems," like bad views of the field or narrow seating spaces, will now become available for purchase beginning at 10:00am on the 11th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/9/2013

Hara gave the following line-ups for the first two games of the All-Star Series:

Game 1

Nishioka (HAN), 2B
Toritani (HAN), SS
Luna (CHU), 3B
Abe (YOM), C
Blanco (YOK), 1B
Balentien (YAK), DH
Chono (YOM), CF
Maru (HIR), RF
Hirose (HIR), LF
Maeda (HIR), SP

Game 2

Sakamoto (YOM), SS
Toritani (HAN), 2B
Murton (HAN), LF
Balentien (YAK), RF
Nakamura (YOK), DH
Arai (HAN), 1B
Miyamoto (YAK), 3B
Oshima (CHU), CF
Tanishige (CHU), C
Sugano (YOM), SP

Source: Sponichi 7/9/2013

[7/2/2013] Mazda All-Star Game 2013 News and Notes

by on Jul.02, 2013 @ 10:55 am, under NPB
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All-Star news and notes from July 2 and June 28:

  • Tatsunori Hara selected sixteen players for the CL roster; Hideki Kuriyama seventeen players for the PL roster.  There will be ten first-timers on the CL roster and twelve on the PL roster.  The Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers will each send seven players to the All-Star Series; Nippon Ham will send nine.  Five rookies made the CL roster; one rookie made the PL roster.  Six rookies on the All-Star roster ties the NPB high set in 1956 (Noboru Akiyama, Kiyoshi Doi, Atsushi Otsu, Tetsuya Yoneda, Shinya Sasaki, and Akira Osawa).  Five rookies from one league (CL or PL) sets a new NPB high.  Source: Sponichi 7/2/2013
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (YOM) could start Game 2 of the series.  Yasuhiro Ogawa (YAK) and Shintaro Fujinami (HAN) could follow in relief (in that order).  Kazuki Mishima (YOK) and Taichi Ishiyama (YAK) could also end up pitching in Game 2.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2013, Daily Sports 7/2/2013, Sponichi 7/2/2013
  • The Swallows will be the fifth team in NPB history to send two rookies to the All-Star Series.  The other four: Taiyo in 1956 (Noboru Akiyama, Kiyoshi Doi), Hanshin in 1972 (Katsuhiro Nakamura, Mitsuru Mochizuki), Yomiuri in 1999 (Koji Uehara, Tomohiro Nioka), and Rakuten in 2007 (Masahiro Tanaka, Motohiro Shima).  Source: Sports Hochi 7/2/2013
  • Mishima will be the first Yokohama rookie to make the All-Star roster since Daisuke Yamashita in 1974.  Source: Daily Sports 7/2/2013
  • Fujinami will be the first Hanshin rookie drafted out of high school to make the All-Star roster since Yutaka Enatsu in 1967.  Source: Daily Sports 7/2/2013
  • Yuji Nishino (LOT) and Kodai Senga (SOF) will be the first former Ikusei players to make the PL All-Star roster.  Source: Daily Sports 7/2/2013
  • There is a good chance Shohei Otani (HAM) will be used as a late-inning replacement in the first game of the series.  Source: Sponichi 6/28/2013, Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2013
  • The Game 1 outfield for the Pacific League will most likely be Yoshio Itoi (ORI), Dai-Kang Yoh (HAM), and Sho Nakata (HAM).  Yoh is planning to do some sort of performance for the fans that involves Itoi and Nakata.  Source: Sponichi 6/28/2013

Mazda All-Star Game 2013: Rosters with Manager Selections [July 1, 2013]

by on Jul.01, 2013 @ 6:12 pm, under NPB
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The NPB released All-Star rosters with manager selections today.  The final rosters that include the Plus One selection will be released on July 10 -- voting will take place between July 2 and 8.

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Central League Pacific League
    Name (JPN) Name (ENG) Team Uni App     Name (JPN) Name (ENG) Team Uni App
Manager
    原 辰徳 Hara, Tatsunori YOM 88 8,20 (1)     栗山 英樹 Kuriyama, Hideki HAM 80 2,2
Coaches
    髙木 守道 Takagi, Morimichi CHU 88 4,8     渡辺 久信 Watanabe, Hisanobu SEI 99 4,10
    小川 淳司 Ogawa, Junji YAK 80 3,3     秋山 幸二 Akiyama, Koji SOF 81 6,24
Starter
前田 健太 Maeda, Kenta HIR 18 3 田中 将大 Tanaka, Masahiro RAK 18 6
Middle Reliever
  山口 鉄也 Yamaguchi, Tetsuya YOM 47 3   増井 浩俊 Masui, Hirotoshi HAM 19 2
Closer
  岩瀬 仁紀 Iwase, Hitoki CHU 13 10   平野 佳寿 Hirano, Yoshihisa ORI 16 5
Pitchers
    澤村 拓一 Sawamura, Hirokazu YOM 15 2     木佐貫 洋 Kisanuki, Hiroshi HAM 29 3
    菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki YOM 19 1     矢貫 俊之 Yanuki, Toshiyuki HAM 33 1
    西村 健太朗 Nishimura, Kentaro YOM 35 1     吉川 光夫 Yoshikawa, Mitsuo HAM 34 2
    石山 泰稚 Ishiyama, Taichi YAK 12 1     菊池 雄星 Kikuchi, Yusei SEI 17 1
    山本 哲哉 Yamamoto, Tetsuya YAK 20 1     牧田 和久 Makita, Kazuhisa SEI 35 2
    小川 泰弘 Ogawa, Yasuhiro YAK 29 1     岩嵜 翔 Iwasaki, Sho SOF 21 1
    大竹 寛 Otake, Kan HIR 17 4     千賀 滉大 Senga, Kodai SOF 41 1
    能見 篤史 Nomi, Atsushi HAN 14 2     青山 浩二 Aoyama, Koji RAK 41 2
    藤浪 晋太郎 Fujinami, Shintaro HAN 19 1     益田 直也 Masuda, Naoya LOT 52 2
    三嶋 一輝 Mishima, Kazuki YOK 17 1     西野 勇士 Nishino, Yuji LOT 67 1
    三浦 大輔 Miura, Daisuke YOK 18 6     佐藤 達也 Sato, Tatsuya ORI 15 1
Catchers
阿部 慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 10 10   伊藤 光 Ito, Hikaru ORI 22 1
    谷繁 元信 Tanishige, Motonobu CHU 27 11   嶋 基宏 Shima, Motohiro RAK 37 5
    藤井 彰人 Fujii, Akihito HAN 50 1     鶴岡 慎也 Tsuruoka, Shinya HAM 22 2
First Basemen
T.ブランコ Blanco, Tony YOK 42 4 (1) 李 大浩 Lee, Dae-Ho ORI 10 2
Second Basemen
西岡 剛 Nishioka, Tsuyoshi HAN 7 6 井口 資仁 Iguchi, Tadahito LOT 6 9
Third Basemen
  宮本 慎也 Miyamoto, Shinya YAK 6 8 松田 宣浩 Matsuda, Nobuhiro SOF 5 3
  H.ルナ Luna, Hector CHU 0 1  
Shortstops
  鳥谷 敬 Toritani, Takashi HAN 1 4 松井 稼頭央 Matsui, Kazuo RAK 7 8
  坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato YOM 6 6  
Infielders
    新井 貴浩 Arai, Takahiro HAN 25 5     大引 啓次 Obiki, Keiji HAM 7 1
    中村 紀洋 Nakamura, Norihiro YOK 99 9     浅村 栄斗 Asamura, Hideto SEI 32 1
      今江 敏晃 Imae, Toshiaki LOT 8 2
      鈴木 大地 Suzuki, Daichi LOT 35 1
Outfielders
W.バレンティン Balentien, Wladimir YAK 4 3 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio ORI 7 5
  丸 佳浩 Maru, Yoshihiro HIR 63 1 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho HAM 6 3
  廣瀬 純 Hirose, Jun HIR 26 2   大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei HAM 11 1
  M.マートン Murton, Matt HAN 9 3   陽 岱鋼 Yoh, Dai-Kang HAM 1 2
  長野 久義 Chono, Hisayoshi YOM 7 3     長谷川 勇也 Hasegawa, Yuya SOF 24 2
    大島 洋平 Oshima, Yohei CHU 8 2  
Designated Hitters
  A.ジョーンズ Jones, Andruw RAK 25 1
    Name (JPN) Name (ENG) Team Votes App     Name (JPN) Name (ENG) Team Votes App
Central League Pacific League

◎ = players that were selected through fan votes.
☆ = players that were selected through player votes.
X (Y) = X is the number of times a player made the All-Star roster; Y is the number of times a player did not participate.

July 17 - Luna, Hector (left knee inflammation) replaced by Terauchi, Takayuki.  Source: official announcement