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[11/11/2014] Rumors: Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 4:17 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers are prepared to carry negotiations with Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) into the new year. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014 ... The Seibu Lions are going to let team official Haruhiko Suzuki handle negotiations with Nakajima. Suzuki was Ni-gun manager when Nakajima first joined the organization in 2001. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014

The Chunichi Dragons are planning to sign Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi (31). Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014

Former Softbank Hawk Kyohei Kamezawa (26) joined Chunichi fall camp at Nagoya Stadium for the start of his tryout on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will most likely sign Orix senryokugai Shun Tono (28). Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Tono may have been offered a deal worth twelve million yen. An announcement of a deal could be made within the next couple of days. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they are going to give Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26) and Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24) tryouts during Kamogawa fall camp. Their tryouts will take place on the 16th and 17th. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

The Seibu Lions re-signed Ryo Hayashizaki to an Ikusei contract and assigned him the number 120. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Hayashizaki dislocated his left shoulder during a game against Lotte on April 17 and had surgery to treat it in October. He is currently rehabbing the shoulder. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

[11/10/2014] Rumors: Yokohama, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Softbank

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 5:07 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in Orix senryokugai Shun Tono (28) after watching him during the Twelve-team tryouts on Sunday. A number of other teams, including Hiroshima and Lotte, could also be interested in Tono. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Hiroshima Carp are interested in Tono, Nippon Ham senryokugai Shoma Sato (25), Yokohama senryokugai Futoshi Kobayashi (31), and Softbank senryokugai Shintaro Ejiri (37). They will probably keep it to one signing, if any. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Daily Sports 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima signed Sato to a contract on Monday. A press conference will be held on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Tono is not planning to attend the second tryout. He is currently only thinking about playing in the NPB next year. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/10/2014

Chunichi general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai is interested in Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Dragons are planning to give former Softbank Hawk Kyohei Kamezawa (26) a tryout during fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi and could give him a tryout. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Softbank Hawks are going to give Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) a tryout during fall camp, from the 11th until the 14th. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are going to give Chunichi senryokugai Daisuke Tanaka a look during fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2014

Yoshiyuki Kamei (32) was offered a multi-year deal but wants a one-year contract because he feels it will keep him motivated. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Hiroshima's Eishin Soyogi (34) decided not to exercise his FA option after meeting with team officials for the fifth time on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014 ... Soyogi may have agreed to a one-year deal worth 100 million yen. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima also posted an announcement of his decision. Source: official announcement

The Yomiuri Giants could meet Ryoji Aikawa (38) as early as the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Giants are planning to sign Chunichi senryokugai Daiki Yoshikawa (22). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Hanshin Tigers could sweeten their offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by diverting money they were planning to use for Naoki Miyanishi (three year, 500 million yen). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Keiji Obiki (30). Source: Sanspo 11/10/2014

[11/9/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 4:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura will be used out of the bullpen next season. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Former players Shigeo Nagashima, Kazunori Shinozuka, Shoji Sadaoka, and Tadashi Matsumoto held a baseball clinic for about 250 elementary school children in Sakura, Chiba on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Kyosuke Takagi (25) will file marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman from Ishikawa before the end of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are looking within for starting pitcher candidates. Options include: Kazuyuki Kaneda and 2nd round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki. Daiki Enokida and Hiroaki Saiuchi will most likely be used in relief. Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014 ... Other options include: Suguru Iwazaki, Yuta Iwasada, amd 1st round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Hanshin is not planning to pursue senryokugai players this winter. Source: Sanspo 11/9/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Sunday's practice game against Seibu was canceled due to poor field conditions. Workouts ended after morning sessions. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014
  • Yusuke Nomura threw from the wind-up during a bullpen session on Saturday. He also tested a forkball. He threw sixty-eight pitches. Nomura switched over to a no-wind-up delivery and added a shuto this season, but struggled with balance and control issues. He is in the process of finding his ideal weight. He started at seventy-eight kilograms in his first year and was at eight-four kilograms this year. He felt he increased his weight too much and is now at about eighty-one kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014
  • Koichi Ogata sat Takahiro Iwamoto, Hayato Shoji, and Kosuke Nakamura down in the dugout after workouts on Saturday because he felt they were not trying hard enough. The three could be sent back to Hiroshima on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige spent about three hours hitting close 800 baseballs during fielding practice on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata required pitchers to throw twenty fastballs low and away in the bullpen on Saturday -- right-handed pitchers low and away to right-handed hitters and left-handed pitchers low and away to left-handed hitters. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Saturday. He faced seven hitters, threw twenty-seven pitches, allowed one hit, walked two, struck out two, and topped out at 150km/h. It was his first outing against hitters in about two months. He is scheduled to pitch two innings during a practice game against the Ehime Mandarin Pirates (Shikoku Island League) on the 16th. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/9/2014
  • Yuto Koyama also pitched in Saturday's batting practice scrimmage. He faced eight hitters, did not allow a hit, and struck out five. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

[11/8/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 4:32 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp played an intra-squad game on Friday that ended in a 7-7 tie. Shota Dobayashi got the start at third and batted sixth for the Whites. He hit a solo home run off Jumpei Ono in the 6th. Hiroshima is scheduled to play a practice game aginst Seibu on the 9th. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014 ... Daichi Osera tossed two shutout innings in relief and allowed two hits. He mixed in a splitter and told reporters he felt he was getting a better feel for the pitch. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014 ... Yoshihiro Maru got the start at center and batted lead-off for the Whites. He went 2-for-4 with four RBI: two out, two-run single to right off Kenta Maeda in the 2nd and a two-run triple off Ono in the 6th. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014 ... Maeda gave up two runs on three hits over three innings of work for the Reds. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Nobumasa Fukuda (26) filed marriages papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Fukuoka. Source: Sanspo 11/8/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yuta Kakita threw ninety-six pitches in the bullpen on Friday. Kakita told reporters it took him sixty-five pitches to throw twenty pitches to the inside corner for right-handed hitters. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014
  • Kiyoshi Nakahata is planning to continue giving Yoshitomo Tsutsugo chances to bat clean-up next season. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014

Yakult Swallows

[11/7/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Workouts on Thursday included: for position players: ten sets of stairs (thirty-eight steps) and fourteen hills (about twenty meters in distance); for pitchers: thirty foul poles (180 meters in distance) and five tire pushes (roughly thirty meters in distance). Source: Sanspo 11/7/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda started an intra-squad game on Friday. He gave up two runs on three hits over three innings of work. He used an MLB baseball during his outing. Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata injured his left ankle during fall camp on the 5th. He was doing lighter workouts with hopes of returning to the main group, but will now focus on rehabbing the ankle. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014
  • Iori Katsura had to field about 900 grounders during workouts on Thursday. The session took place over a period of two-and-a-half hours (including breaks). Motonobu Tanishige and battery coaches Mitsuo Tatsukawa and Masatoshi Ogawa took turns hitting baseballs to Katsura from a distance of about fifteen meters. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014
  • Yusuke Matsui's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 3,010 grams, on October 3 at a hospital in Nagoya. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014
  • Nobumasa Fukuda (26) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Fukuoka on October 3 in Nagoya. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata spent forty minutes hitting grounders to Hiroki Minei and another forty minutes hitting grounders to Hiroshi Kobayashi, Tomoya Mikami, Kazuki Mishima, Shingo Hirata, and Yuta Kakita on Thursday. Kakita pulled out early after he developed a cramp in his right calf. Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2014 ... Nakahata hit over 350 baseballs in about eighty-five minutes. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014
  • Shun Yamaguchi is working on a cutter. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

[11/5/2014] Rumors: Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.06, 2014 @ 5:42 am, under NPB
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Daisuke Matsuzaka

  • The Softbank Hawks could offer Matsuzaka a four-year deal worth 400 million or more a year plus incentives and the number eighteen. The Hawks could be the front runners for a number of reasons, including: Softbank has deep pockets, Matsuzaka's wife is from Fukuoka, Matsuzaka may prefer the less media intensive Fukuoka over Tokyo. Source: ZakZak 11/5/2014

Hiroyuki Nakajima

  • The Seibu Lions could offer Nakajima a three-year deal worth a total of about 800 million yen. The Hanshin Tigers are expected to offer something more. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014
  • The Lions are also willing to discuss options with Nakajima past their current offer. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014, Sports Hochi 11/5/2014
  • The Lions are slated to speak to Nakajima over the phone on the 5th. They could offer three or more years at 200 or more million yen. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014

Takahiro Arai

Naoki Miyanishi

  • Miyanishi will most likely spend all the time he has until the 8th to decide on his option. A number of teams are interested in his services, including Hanshin and Orix. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014
  • Miyanishi could be planning to announce his decision to stay in Sapporo on the 8th. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014

Yoshihisa Naruse

  • The Yakult Swallows are interested in Naruse. The Tigers were rumored to be preparing a three-year offer in the area of 600 million yen. Yakult could be putting together a package in the same range. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014

Keiji Obiki

  • Obiki is planning to exercise his FA option. He is expected to make an announcement on the 6th. The Fighter could be open to returning to the negotiating table after he becomes a free agent. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014

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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are interested in Kyuji Fujikawa (34) and Munenori Kawasaki (33). These could be considered alternates to Yoshihisa Naruse (29) and Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai (36) decided not to exercise his FA option. He finalized his contract on Wednesday. He agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 120 million yen each year (or 360 million yen total). The 120 million yen is up 60 million over what he made this season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars have an interest Kam Mickolio (30). They see him as a candidate to close. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014

[11/4/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.05, 2014 @ 3:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Nobuyuki Okumura will be working out with Hirokazu Ibata in January next year. Source: Sponichi 11/4/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh is planning to add more weights to his off-season workouts this winter. He also plans to return to Japan at some point during the winter to use the natural spas. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014
  • Daiki Enokida threw 100 pitches during his first fall camp bullpen session on Monday. Sanspo 11/4/2014
  • Yutaka Wada visited Hanshin headquarters in Osaka on Tuesday and gave owner Shinya Sakai his end-of-season report. Team president Nobuo Minami indicated that Wada's contract will likely be year-to-year. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Allen Kuri tossed batting practice to Yoshihiro Maru, Ryuhei Matsuyama, Takahiro Iwamoto, and Ko Shimozuru on Tuesday. He threw sixty-nine pitches, all fastballs, and allowed fourteen could-be hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2014
  • Koichi Ogata felt Matsuyama was not focused enough during his batting practice session on Monday and assigned him a session of soft-toss that lasted about forty-five minutes (roughly 800 baseballs, nonstop). Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014, Nikkan Sorts 11/4/2014
  • Kenta Maeda has been practicing his splitter with an MLB baseball. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014
  • The Carp received fifteen kilograms of Miyazaki beef from Nichinan city on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yuta Muto started Tuesday's practice game against the Hyogo Blue Sandars (Baseball First League) and gave up five runs on twelve hits over six innings of work. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takehiro Ishikawa will not attend fall camp in Amami, Kagoshima because of tightness in his right thigh. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2014

Yakult Swallows

[11/3/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.04, 2014 @ 12:39 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants are planning to start pitchers on five days of rest again next year. Starters pitched on five days of rest thirty-two times this season, up from twelve in 2013. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh is planning to head to Guam in December to begin his training for the 2015 season. He is open to having younger Hanshin players join him. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014 ... Oh left for Korea out of Kansai International Airport on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2014
  • Shintaro Yokota weighed eighty-five kilograms when he first joined the Tigers. He has since pushed his weight up to ninety-three kilograms. His goal is to reach ninety-seven kilograms. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami is looking to gain three kilograms this winter. He would like to start spring camp between at least ninety-three and ninety-four and make it through the entire season between ninety-two and ninety-three. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2014
  • Ni-gun chief pitching coach Yasuo Kubo had pitchers working on their balance and their trunk muscles by swinging 180 centimeter sticks while standing on a balance beam. Source: Sanspo 11/3/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Monday using an MLB baseball. He threw forty pitches, faced Yoshihiro Maru and Ryosuke Kikuchi, and allowed two could-be hits. Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2014
  • Takashi Uemoto will try batting from both sides of the plate. The Carp like his defensive abilities, but are concerned about his offense and feel hitting left-handed could help improve his balance and swing. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014, Sponichi 11/3/2014 ... Uemoto tried hitting from the left side during his second year of high school. Source: Daily Spots 11/3/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are slated to play a practice game against the Hyogo Blue Sandars (Baseball First League) at Nagoya Stadium on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014

Yakult Swallows

[11/2/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.03, 2014 @ 2:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) threw sixty-five pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2014
  • Tatsunori Hara spent about thirty minutes explaining to Hirokazu Sawamura what a good forkball looks like when standings in the batter's box. Source: Sponichi 11/2/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Daiki Enokida wants to go back to being a starting pitcher next year. Source: Daily Sports 11/2/2014
  • Randy Messenger will begin a strengthening program in December, but will not touch a baseball until January. Source: Sponichi 11/2/2014
  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi asked Seung-Hwan Oh to work on a pitch that has downward (sinking) movement during the off-season. Oh has been tinkering with a forkball. Source: Sponichi 11/2/2014 ... Oh could be working on a splitter. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2014
  • Takahiro Arai may have been offered a salary of about 80 million yen for 2015, down from the 200 million yen he made this season. The two sides are slated to meet again soon. If discussions do not end well, Arai could leave. Source: Sanspo 11/2/2014
  • Shinya Azuhata was unable to attend practices on Saturday because of a high fever. Source: Sanspo 11/2/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Allen Kuri threw 101 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday and 120 on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 11/2/2014
  • Kenta Maeda threw forty-one pitches in the bullpen on Saturday. It was his second session in as many days. Source: Daily Sports 11/2/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Head coach Shigekazu Mori and pitching coach Yui Tomori will also act as international scouts. Mori has been scouting talent in the Dominican Republic for the Chunichi and Tomori has connections in the United States from his days as a coach with the Boston Red Sox. Source: Daily Sports 11/2/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo told Tetsuto Yamada to be ready to play first and third for the Suzuki All-Star Series because Hiroshima's Ryosuke Kikuchi could end up at second. Source: Sanspo 11/2/2014

[11/1/2014] Rumors: Yomiuri, Hanshin, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.02, 2014 @ 3:52 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kentaro Nishimura (29) is avoiding FA option discussions with the media. Yoshiyuki Kamei (32) told reporters on Friday he felt strongly about remaining with the Giants. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014 ... Both players may have been offered multi-year deals. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2014
  • The Giants are expected to re-sign Takahiko Nomaguchi, Kosuke Naruse, Chikara Yoshikawa, and Ko Takahashi to an Ikusei contracts. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai (36) is planning to stay with the Dragons. He may have agreed to a three-year deal worth a total of about 400 million yen. The contract will be finalized on the 5th. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2014
  • There is a good chance Tatsuhiko Kinjo (38) will exercise his FA option. The Bay Stars are not planning to leave their offer on the table if Kinjo exercises his option. Source: Sports Hochi 11/1/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryoji Aikawa (38) wants to test the FA waters and is planning to exercise his option. He has already informed the Swallows and could file the necessary paperwork on Tuesday. Yakult is open to negotiating after he becomes a free agent. The Yomiuri Giants could be interested. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014 ... Aikawa is looking for a shot at winning the everyday catching job. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2014