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[3/24/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.25, 2015 @ 3:57 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Top adviser Tsuneo Watanabe has not ruled out the possibility of extending Tatsunori Hara's contract, provided the team does well. He also said there were no other viable candidates he knew of that could replace Hara. Source: Daily Sports 3/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/24/2015

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Koichi Ogata plans to start Seiya Suzuki in right and bat him bat lead-off. Source: Daily Sports 3/24/2015
  • Eishin Soyogi will most likely get the job at third. Source: Sponichi 3/24/2015
  • The Energia Economic and Technical Research Institute estimates that a first place finish by the Carp will have an economic impact of about 22.8 billion yen for Hiroshima Prefecture. If the Carp make it to the Nippon Series, about 25.6 billion yen. Source: official announcement

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Ni-gun game against Yokohama on March 24: Yoshihisa Naruse started the game and gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings of work. He faced twenty-seven, threw ninety pitches, walked two, and struck out two. Source: Sanspo 3/24/2015
  • Yoshihisa Naruse's first regular season start could come on March 31 against Hanshin at Jingu Stadium. Source: Sanspo 3/24/2015

[3/23/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.24, 2015 @ 3:52 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Aaron Poreda and Miles Mikolas are slated to make the opening day starting rotation. Source: Daily Sports 3/22/2015
  • Tatsunori Hara is planning to use Hirokazu Sawamura as the team closer. Source: Sponichi 3/22/2015
  • Scott Mathieson was sent down to Ni-gun for more work. Source: Sponichi 3/23/2015
  • Itaru Hashimoto (24) filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Saitama on March 23. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • General coach Toshinori Nagata is slated to return to the team on March 24. He was discharged from the hospital on March 20 and visited Mazda Stadium on March 22. Source: Sanspo 3/22/2015
  • The Carp announced that Juan Arnaldo Benitez Sanchez, a player from their academy in the Dominican Republic, will be playing for the Kochi Fighting Dogs this season (March 19 until late-May and from August until the end of the season). Source: official announcement
  • Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day. Singer-songwriter Tamio Okuda will be the catcher. Source: Sports Hochi 3/23/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige is not planning to put himself in the opening day starting line-up at this point in time. Source: Sponichi 3/23/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Third round draft pick Toshihiko Kuramoto will most likely make the starting line-up at short. Source: Sponichi 3/23/2015
  • Yulieski Gurriel and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. are currently expected to arrived in Japan on March 26. Yulieski will most likely spend a few days at Ni-gun and join the Ichi-gun team on March 31. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on March 22: Yoshinori Sato started the game and gave up a run on two hits over four innings of work. He faced fifteen hitters, walked one, struck out two, and topped out at 150km/h. Source: Sanspo 3/23/2015
  • Yuichi Matsumoto is slated to get the start in right on opening day. Source: Sanspo 3/22/2015

[3/20/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.21, 2015 @ 4:10 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ni-gun game against Softbank on March 20: Masamitsu Suzuki got the start in center and batted seventh. He went 4-for-4 with three RBI. Source: Daily Sports 3/20/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai will most likely get the opening day start. Kazuki Yoshimi was an option, but the Dragons are a little concerned about his right elbow and will see how he is feeling after he pitches on March 22 against Rakuten at Nagoya Dome before deciding his schedule. Source: Sports Hochi 3/20/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura will continue his workouts at Ni-gun, beginning on March 21. If he fails to make the opening day starting rotation, it will be a first since 2010. Source: Daily Sports 3/20/2015
  • Yulieski Gurriel and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. could arrive in Japan before the start of the season since their team in Cuba, Industriales, did not make it to the postseason. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/2015, Daily Sports 3/20/2015, Sponichi 3/20/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles) is still slated to join the Ichi-gun team some time around mid-April. His legs are at about sixty percent. He should be able to resume base-running practices next week. The Swallows want him to play in at least five Ni-gun rehab games before they call him up. Source: Chunichi Sports 3/20/2015 ... Balentien could play in a Ni-gun rehab game as a designated hitter on March 27 against Nippon Ham. His check-up on March 18 went well. Source: Sports Hochi 3/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/20/2015
  • Yoshinori Sato will try to throw about sixty-five pitches during his next start on March 22 against Ni-gun Yomiuri. Source: Sanspo 3/20/2015

[3/17/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.18, 2015 @ 4:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ni-gun game against Lotte on March 17: Hisayoshi Chono played in his first rehab game. He got the start in right and batted third. He went 0-for-3 (G5, G6, F8) and was replaced on defense in the 6th. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/17/2015 ... Shuichi Murata started at third and batted sixth. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/17/2015 ...
  • Hideki Matsui arrived at Narita Airport on Monday. He will be a guest commentator on Nippon TV's Yokohama vs Yomiuri game at Tokyo Dome on March 27. Source: Sponichi 3/17/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun game against Softbank on March 17: Akira Iwamoto started the game and gave up a run (unearned) on four hits and a walk over six innings of work. He struck out three. and topped out at 144km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/17/2015, Daily Sports 3/17/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya was examined at a hospital on March 16 and diagnosed with infectious gastroenteritis. Source: Sanspo 3/17/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera is slated to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on March 24. His first regular season start could come on March 31 against Yokohama at Yokohama. Source: Daily Sports 3/17/2015
  • TV ratings during Hiroki Kuroda's last outing on March 15 against Orix, for the Hiroshima region: 19.4% average and 24.4% peak. Source: Sports Hochi 3/17/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada will continue to prepare for the 2015 season by playing in Ni-gun games. There were plans for him to join the Ichi-gun team during a six-game stretch that began on March 17, but they were scratched because he still needs more time to work through some issues (particularly problems with his knee). Instead of rushing the veteran to make the roster for opening day, the Dragons will allow him to continue working out at Ni-gun until he is ready. There is a chance he will not be on the opening day roster. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/17/2015, Sponichi 3/17/2015, Daily Sports 3/17/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars announced their plans to hold a retirement ceremony for Alex Ramirez before a game against the Yakult Swallows on April 3. Source: official announcement

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows will give Nobuyuki Okumura a look at Ichi-gun. He was called up on March 17 and played in the practice game against Yomiuri at Jingu. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/17/2015, Sponichi 3/17/2015
  • Ren Kazahari, Akihisa Nishida, and Ryota Yachi were also called up to Ichi-gun on March 17. Suguru Ino, Takahiro Imanami, and Masayoshi Miwa were sent down to Ni-gun for more work. Source: Sanspo 3/17/2015

[3/15/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Mar.16, 2015 @ 5:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shuichi Murata swung at ninety pitches during live batting practice and 198 pitches during indoor batting practice against a pitching machine at Giants Stadium on March 14. Murata was sent down to Ni-gun due to his struggles at Ichi-gun. Source: Sponichi 3/15/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers have two open spots in the bullpen for left-handed pitchers. Hiroya Shimamoto has likely pitched well enough to win one of the two openings. Daiki Enokida may have won the other spot. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2015, Sponichi 3/15/2015
  • Yao-Lin Wang (tryout) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on March 15. He faced hitters like Shintaro Yokota and Shinta Hifumi seven times and gave up three hits. He threw twenty-nine pitches and struck out one. The Tigers will make a decision on Wang during a meeting on March 16. Source: Daily Sports 3/15/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shogo Kimura joined the Ichi-gun team on March 15. Source: Daily Sports 3/15/2015
  • Takeru Imamura was on the team bus on his way to Yu Stadium for a Kyoiku League game against Softbank when he was called up to join the Ichi-gun team on March 15. He was dropped off midway and arrived at Mazda Stadium just after warm-ups. Source: Sports Hochi 3/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/15/2015
  • Daichi Osera was presented with the Hiroshima Sports Award on March 15 for his performance last year. Source: Daily Sports 3/15/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi is slated to pitch five innings during his next start on March 20 (vs Rakuten at Nagoya Dome). Source: Sponichi 3/15/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The closer role is apparently down to Yuki Kuniyoshi and first round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki. Source: Daily Sports 3/15/2015
  • The Bay Stars drew 24,829 fans on March 15, most for an exhibition game at Yokohama Stadium since 2005, when teams started announcing attendance figures to the public. Top attendance figures for exhibition games have increased for the Bay Stars each year since DeNA took over: 10,959 on March 24, 2012 against Yomiuri; 12,931 on March 20, 2013 against Rakuten; and 17,881 on March 15, 2014 against Hanshin. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2015 ... Yokohama actually set a new record during the previous game on March 14 with an attendance of 21,811. Source: Sanspo 3/16/2015