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[3/1/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.02, 2015 @ 4:49 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto will continue his training at Ni-gun for the time being. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015
  • The Giants are hoping Hisayoshi Chono (right elbow and knee) will be ready to play rehab games in mid-March. He has resumed batting practice and is throwing at distances of up to seventy meters. Kenji Yano and Leslie Anderson, also in the middle of rehab, are hoping to play in games in late-March. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Akira Iwamoto's practice game start against Seibu on March 1 was rained out. He is now scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Softbank on March 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh's first appearance could come on March 10 against Hiroshima at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015
  • Minoru Iwata pitched in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on February 28. He tossed four shutout innings and allowed four hits. His next appearance could come during an exhibition game against Seibu at Koshien on March 7. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki will most likely start a Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5 and pitch five innings. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami's next appearance will most likely be in relief against Seibu on the 6th. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015 .. Fujinami could pitch about three innings. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Takaya Toda did not meet expectations and will be sent down to Ni-gun for more work. Ryuhei Matsuyama and Shota Dobayashi will be sent down to Ni-gun to get more playing time in Kyoiku League games. Matsuyama and Dobayashi will rejoin the Ichi-gun team on the 5th. Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are eighty-eight games from 10,000 games and twenty-eight victories from 5,000. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka selected Yasuhiro Ogawa as his opening day starter. Manaka notified Ogawa of his decision during Saturday's exhibition game against Yomiuri. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015, Chunichi Sports 3/1/2015 ... Ogawa's next start will most likely come during an exhibition game against Rakuten on March 6. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015

[2/28/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.01, 2015 @ 7:51 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yamato rejoined the team for practices at Koshien on the 28th after missing some time with the flu. Source: Sanspo 2/28/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki pitched in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on Saturday. He entered the game in the 5th and tossed two perfect innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2015
  • Shintaro Yokota is slated to play in three practice games: Orix on February 28, Seibu on March 1, and Softbank on March 3. His performance will determine whether or not he stays or gets sent back down to Ni-gun. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroshima was scheduled to distribute numbered tickets at 10:00am on Saturday. About 2,500 fans lined-up at Mazda Stadium, some from the night before, a number from a few days earlier. The Carp decided to begin distribution at 6:45am because of the large number of fans. The numbered tickets will be used when ticket offices begin selling regular season tickets on March 1. Hiroshima reportedly prepared about 5,000 numbered tickets this year, up from the 1,700 they handed out last year. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015, Sponichi 2/28/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai, Kazuki Yoshimi, and Yudai Ono are scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Lotte on March 1. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015
  • The Dragons added automated pitching machines to their indoor training facilities near Nagoya Stadium. They also replaced the artificial turf and installed new netting. Total construction cost about 150 million yen. Source: Sponichi 2/28/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien is set to arrive in Japan on March 2. Source: Sanspo 2/28/2015
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa ate ice cream at least three times a week last year. He skipped on his favorite desert and fried foods this off-season and dropped his weight from eighty to seventy-eight kilograms. He also lowered his fat percentage by two points to sixteen percent. Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2015, Daily Sports 2/28/2015, Sponichi 2/28/2015
  • The artificial turf at Toda Stadium was replaced for the first time in seven years. The new turf was unveiled during a ceremony on Friday. Construction cost about fifty million yen. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015
  • The artificial turf at the Jingu indoor training facilities was replaced with turf that was used at Jingu Stadium. Construction took about two weeks and ended a few days earlier. Source: Sponichi 2/28/2015

[2/27/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.28, 2015 @ 4:35 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Yokota joined Ichi-gun workouts at Koshien on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • Minoru Iwata is scheduled to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on the 28th. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015
  • Yutaka Wada would like the team to aim for at least 100 stolen bases this season. He figures Takashi Toritani, Yamato, and Hiroki Uemoto will be good for a combined ninety or so. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • Shinobu Fukuhara was supposed to be the bridge to Seung-Hwan Oh before he got hurt. Since there is a chance he might not be ready for the start of the regular season, the Tigers could give Ryoma Matsuda a shot at filling Fukuhara's role. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • Yuya Ando joined Ichi-gun practices at Koshien on the 27th. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015
  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is hoping to set the opening day starting rotation by around March 12. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015
  • Ni-gun hitting coach Osamu Hamanaka was at Naruohama for Ni-gun practices on the 27th. Hamanaka was hospitalized with acute pancreatitis on the 2nd. He recovered and was discharged on the 17th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • The media learned on the 26th that tickets to opening day on March 27 at Kyocera Dome were sold out. Tickets went on sale on the 19th and were gone in a week. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto could throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015
  • Seven Eleven joined Asahi Beer, Toshiba, Mizuno, and Mitsubishi Denki as official sponsors of Koshien Stadium. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stats closed out Okinawa camp on Friday. They will be in Okinawa until March 1, but Friday was the last day of general workouts. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa will most likely be named the opening day starter if does not run into any problems while pitching in an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on the 28th. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2015

[02/26/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.27, 2015 @ 9:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Yokota is slated to join the Ichi-gun team on the 27th and play in a practice game against Orix on the 28th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka practiced at third on Wednesday for the first time during spring camp. He mishandled one grounder. Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2015 ... Nishioka fielded thirty-six grounders. Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2015 ... Yutaka Wada told reporters that the decision to move Nishioka to third was not final and that they were simply exploring options that would help them win. Nishioka's response to the move, "The manager has final say. If I'm not going to listen, then I should leave the team. But I have no intention of leaving. I want to consider what is necessary to win." Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015 ... Nishioka also had this to say about the move, "After joining Hanshin, I really felt like there wasn't much competition going on within the team. [Ryota] Imanari, Ryota [Arai], and [Naomasa] Yokawa have all been working hard. I felt if I went along with the move to third right off the bat, it would kill the energy. I wanted to help promote competition within the team. I didn't want to take anyone's motivation away by going along with the manager's decision to change positions right away." Source: Sponichi 2/26/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi's next outing will come on March 4 against Softbank at Koshien. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami gained two kilograms (from ninety to ninety-two) and increased his chest size by five centimeters (from 100 to 105) since the end of last season. Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2015

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takehiro Ishikawa was in left, third round draft pick Toshihiko Kuramoto at short, and fifth round draft pick Koki Yamashita at second during fielding practice on the 25th. If Ishikawa gets the start in left, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo can move from left to right. Source: Sponichi 2/26/2015

Yakult Swallows

[2/25/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.26, 2015 @ 8:16 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers closed out Ginoza camp on Wednesday. They drew 67,800 fans during camp, up from the 56,500 from last year. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015
  • The Tigers also closed out Kochi camp on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015
  • Matt Murton is slated to play in his first game on March 4 (exhibition vs Softbank at Koshien). Source: Sanspo 2/25/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki was scheduled to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5, but is now slated to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on the 28th. Source: Sanspo 2/25/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is set to start an exhibition game against Softbank on March 3. Source: Sponichi 2/25/2015
  • Hiroki Uemoto most likely won the starting second base job after Yutaka Wada recently told Tsuyoshi Nishioka that he was going to play third this year. Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2015
  • Yamato developed a fever on the 24th and was taken to the hospital for an evaluation. He was diagnosed with the flu and did not participate in practices on the 25th. He will stay behind in Ginoza until he is feeling better. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015, Sanspo 2/25/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki is set to start a practice game against LG (KBO) on the 26th. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshihisa Naruse is set to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Seibu on March 4. Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2015

[2/25/2015] Hanshin Tigers may be closing in on an agreement with Mario Santiago

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 11:15 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers are looking for insurance in case one of their four foreign players gets hurt during the season and may be closing in on an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Mario Santiago.

"Things are moving in a positive direction. He could come [to Japan] in mid-March. He can start and relieve. He knows about the lack of foreign player slots. He will be waiting at Ni-gun for a shot [at the active roster]," said general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2015, Sponichi 2/25/2015

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[2/24/2015] Spring Camp Games from February 24

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:55 am, under NPB
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[2/24/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hideki Matsui returned to New York out of Narita Airport on Monday. Source: Sponichi 2/24/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto and Takashi Toritani took extra fielding practice at second and short on Monday. They fielded grounders and worked on making throws to second. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki is set to pitch in a Ni-gun Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • Fumiya Araki missed practices on the 23rd with enteritis. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • The Tigers are interested in Nexxen's thirty-two-year-old closer Seung-Lak Son (KBO) as a possible replacement for Seung-Hwan Oh. The Tigers would like to re-sign Oh, but they are not sure what his plans are after this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015
  • The Tigers are also interested in thirty-year-old pitcher Mario Santiago. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda will start and pitch two innings in an intra-squad game on the 25th. Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Ryuji Ichioka, Allen Kuri, Shota Nakazaki, and Deunte Heath are also set to make appearances in the game. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda is set to toss batting practice on the 25th. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Yusuke Nomura has been using a practice glove during spring camp with a design that makes it look like Mazinger Z. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto will pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015 ... Yamamoto hinted that this might be his last year when he told reporters during a walk on his day off on Monday, "This might be the last of these kinds of things. Not just in terms of this camp, but over thirty-two years." He also said, "Every year I say I'm about ninety percent done," and "No matter how you look at it, this is the end of a chapter. I turn fifty this year. I want to keep things normal because it's going to be the last." Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien is slated to arrive in Japan on March 2. He may not be ready for the active roster until some time in early April. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa and Masanori Ishikawa will most likely get starts during an upcoming two-game exhibition series against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Ogawa will likely start the first game on February 28 and Ishikawa the second game on March 1. The starting line-up, one through nine, for the first game, could be: Tetsuto Yamada at second base, Shingo Kawabata at third, Lastings Milledge at designated hitter, Yuhei in center, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama at first, Yasuhiro Tanaka in left, Keiji Obiki at short, Yuhei Nakamura at catcher, and Tsuyoshi Ueda in right. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015

[2/23/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.24, 2015 @ 7:32 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps had the day off on Monday.
  • Frederich Cepeda worked out for about three hours on his day off on Monday. He is still trying to get over his jet lag. He will most likely play in a practice game against SK (KBO) on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 2/23/2015
  • The Giants held a press conference on Monday to announce that they added Takehiro Donoue to their seventy-man roster. He was assigned the uniform number 91. His new contract is worth an estimated fifteen million yen. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 2/23/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez is slated to play in Tuesday's practice game against Yokohama. He will make the starting line-up at designated hitter and bat bat clean-up. Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Kai Ueda is planning to try his hand at switch-hitting. Ni-gun manager Hideo Furuya made the suggestion because he feels it might help Ueda take better advantage of his speed. Source: Daily Sports 2/23/2015, Sanspo 2/23/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps had the day off on Monday.

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps had the day off on Monday.
  • Takashi Ide will be stepping down as director. The move was approved during a stockholders meeting and board of director meeting on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Monday.

Yakult Swallows

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Monday.
  • Yoshihisa Naruse is slated to start Tuesday's practice game against Hanwha (KBO). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2015

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