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[11/22/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Bryan Bullington, Yohei Oshima

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:16 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers likely sweetened their package to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by adding a fourth year to their three-year offer and the uniform number six. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Yomiuri Giants are close to finalizing contracts with Miles Mikolas (26) and Aaron Poreda (28). The only thing remaining is a standard drug test. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Toyama Thunderbirds (BC League) are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Takuro Ito (21). Toyama will most likely make a move on Ito if he does not receive any offers from NPB teams. Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) has received some player contract offers (independent league and overseas leagues), but none from the NPB. He has also received an offer to become a batting practice pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Seibu Lions are currently checking the overseas market for starting arms. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Softbank Hawks announced that they re-signed Daichiro Ito (21), Takeshi Hosoyamada (28), Naoki Shirane (21) and Koki Kanno (22) to Ikusei contracts. They also signed Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the number 137. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014, Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

The Orix Buffaloes may be close to finalizing a contract with Bryan Bullington (34). An announcement could be made once Hiroshima removes him from their reserved list. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Buffaloes' official Ryuzo Setoyama told reporters on Friday that they made a formal offer for Wily Mo Pena (32) about five days go. It was their first official offer. Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2014

Yohei Oshima was offered an estimated seventy-four million yen during contract negotiations with Chunichi on Saturday. He placed the offer on hold because he felt his performance this season was worth more than a 17.75 million yen raise, especially after he was penalized with a 56.25 million yen salary cut last year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014 ... Ryosuke Hirata also decided not to sign after he was offered a twelve million yen raise. He felt his performance warranted a bigger raise. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

[11/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hideki Matsui is still very much in the mix as a future managerial candidate. Tatsunori Hara will be in the final year of a two-year deal next season. The Giants have not ruled out another extension, but will also consider other options. Matsui will most likely be one of them. Yoshinobu Takahashi is also thought to be a future managerial candidate. Matsui is currently in Japan and may not return to the United States until January. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Daily Sports 11/22/2014, Sponichi 11/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers held a retirement ceremony for Tomoyuki Kubota (33) and Takeshi Hidaka (37) during fan appreciation day on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Yutaka Wada gave Ryutaro Umeno, Suguru Iwazaki, and Kazuyuki Kaneda the Manager's Selection Fresh Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Minoru Iwata was the recipient of the 2014 Yanase Hanshin Tigers MVP Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014 ... Iwata donated one million yen to the Type 1 Diabetes Research Fund. He has been donating 100K for each victory he records since 2009. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami got tips on how to throw the change-up from Orix's Chihiro Kaneko during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. He also got pointers on how to throw the curve from Softbank's Shota Takeda. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014
  • Head coach Katsuo Hirata would like first round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama to work on polishing his forkball. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to invite former Tiger Yutaka Enatsu to spring camp as a special instructor. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Koichi Ogata is planning to run a tight ship during Ichi-gun spring camp next year and will demote any player he feels is unprepared, including on the first day. He expects everyone to be ready to go from day one. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014
  • Allen Kuri threw 109 pitches in the bullpen on Friday. He ended up throwing 2,026 pitches during fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Ogata is planning to recommend the organization sign Danilo DeJesus Araujo to a contract. DeJesus could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Thirteen pitchers threw a total 14,447 pitches during fall camp, seven threw at least 1,000 pitches. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

[11/21/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 4:29 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara would like pitching coach Kiyoshi Toyoda to work with Hirokazu Sawamura on his conversion from starter to reliever. Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014
  • Koshien police arrested a thirty-seven-year-old man on the 18th on suspicion of posting death-threats against people connected to the Yomiuri Giants at an online website on September 8. Security on the third base side at Koshien Stadium was beefed up during a Yomiuri three-game series that took place between September 9 and 11. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi believes Shintaro Fujinami needs to work on three things to become the staff ace: winning percentage (recording double-digit victories is not enough), performance against left-handed hitters (right-handed hitters batted .191, left-handed hitter .306), and innings pitched (he does not have to throw 200 innings, but any less than the 163 he threw this season will not be good enough). Source: Nikkan Sorts 11/21/2014
  • Masahiro Nakatani was Yutaka Wada's fielding MVP during fall camp -- he showed good defense and a strong outfield arm during fielding practices. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014
  • Hiroya Shimamoto was added to the seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 126 to 69. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014
  • The Tigers are thinking about inviting their US-based scout Jeff Williams to spring camp next year as a special instructor. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014
  • Yutaka Tamaki (28) will file marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman from Osaka. A ceremony and reception will be held in Osaka on December 14. Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Koichi Ogata spent about two hours hitting baseballs to pitchers positioned in the infield (from 1:30pm until 3:30pm). Yuki Mima will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Masato Furuno threw 1,429 pitches during fall camp. Source: Sanpso 11/21/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato tossed 130 pitches in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his sixth session during fall camp. Including pitches he threw during games, Yoshinori tossed 634 pitches during fall camp. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

[11/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 1:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara is going to hold off on making a decision about whether or not Ren Wada should be converted to a catcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Naomasa Yokowa was Yutaka Wada's fall camp MVP. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014
  • Takashi Toritani will appear in the 2014 team calendar under the month of April. Takahiro Arai will appear in a group photo under the month of November. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Intra-squad game on Wednesday: Shoma Sato entered the game in the 5th and retired the side in order. He needed just four pitches to record three outs. Daily Sports 11/20/2014
  • Through Wednesday, Allen Kuri has thrown 1,777 pitches during fall camp. He threw sixty-one pitches during his intra-squad outing on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Takeaki Tokuyama is one of Mitsuru Manaka's fall camp MVPs. Tokuyama spent time working on keeping his pitches low and using the slide step during his bullpen sessions. He has thrown 1,050 pitches during fall camp. Source: Sanso 11/20/2014

[11/19/2014] Rumors: Chris Capuano, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 2:07 am, under NPB
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Chris Capuano (36) is open to playing in Japan after watching Hiroki Kuroda. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014 ... Seibu Lions' executive Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters they were contacted by Capuano. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

The Seibu Lions will wait for Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) to make the next move. They are not planning to make adjustments to their current offer, which is believed to be four years at over 400 million yen. They are also said to be prepared to give him the number three and the everyday job at third base, batting third. They expect to hear from Nakajima some time in December. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014 ... Scott Boras reportedly told the Hanshin Tigers during negotiations that he received good offers from other NPB teams. The Tigers are concerned their offer may no longer be enough and are making adjustments that they plan to submit later this week. This will most likely be their last/best offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014

The Tigers held a press conference on Wednesday to introduce Yuto Morikoshi (26). He was assigned the number 37. Source: official announcement

The Yokohama Bay Stars held a press conference on Wednesday for Shun Tono (28). He has been assigned the number 00. Source: official announcement

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Kam Mickolio (30) and Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014

[11/19/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 2:03 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Intra-squad game on Wednesday: Hiroya Shimamoto (Ikusei) tossed a shutout inning in relief. He allowed an infield hit and walked one. He got Naoto Nishida to hit into a double play with runners on first and second and one out. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014 ... Kentaro Kuwahara tossed two perfect innings in relief. Yuta Iwasada gave up two run in two innings as one of two starters. Kazuyuki Kaneda also recorded two shutout innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014 ... Naomasa Yokawa hit a home run to left in the 7th inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014
  • Rene Leveret (29) hit two home runs during a batting practice scrimmage on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014
  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi told reporters on Tuesday that 1st round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama will only be allowed to attend Ichi-gun spring camp after coaches have had a chance to check on his conditioning. He also has to clear tests on his shoulder, elbow, and back. He wants to avoid pushing the rookie too hard too quickly. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014
  • Nakanishi is fine with Shintaro Fujinami taking things slow this winter after an extended season due to the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. He will not expect Fujinami to toss full bullpen sessions during the first block of spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Intra-squad game on Wednesday: Allen Kuri started the game for the Whites. He tossed four shutout innings and allowed three hits. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014
  • Intra-squad game on Tuesday: Danilo DeJesus Araujo gave up four runs on six hits over two innings of work. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014 ... Shota Dobayashi got the start at third and batted clean-up for the Reds. He recorded two hits and three RBI. He recorded a single to right in the 1st, a sac fly to right in the 2nd, and a two-run triple to right-center in the 6th. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014
  • Yuta Nakamura was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right medial malleolus. It could take about a month for a full recovery. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons announced that they came to terms with Tomoya Yagi and Kyohei Kamezawa on Tuesday. Yagi was assigned the number 58 and Kamezawa the number 53. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shinji Ohara is having problems with his left shoulder. There is no timetable on when he might be able to resume throwing practices. There is a chance he will not be ready for opening day next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014

[11/18/2014] Hanshin Tigers release new team symbol and poster image

by on Nov.19, 2014 @ 4:55 am, under NPB
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2015 Team Symbol

2015 Team Symbol

The Hanshin Tigers will be celebrating the organization's eightieth anniversary next year. A new team symbol and poster image commemorating the anniversary was released on Tuesday. The symbol will be used as the season logo in 2015, the poster image will be used at eigthieth anniversary events.

The Tigers are also planning to release a new set of uniforms. The uniforms will be unveiled in late-January next year.

Source: official announcement (symbol taken from official website)

[11/18/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.19, 2014 @ 4:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara is planning to use Kentaro Nishimura as a starter next season. Nishimura has not started a game since 2011. Source: Sanspo 11/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami is planning to rest his arm by shutting things down until the end of the winter. He will focus on general training in December. He might play some catch, but will not throw any bullpen sessions for the rest of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014, Daily Sports 11/18/2014, Sponichi 11/18/2014 ... Fujinami feels the number of bullpen sessions tossed is more important than the number of pitches tossed. Pitchers generally throw 100 to 200 pitches during spring camp bullpen sessions while Fujinami throws around thirty to forty pitches. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Allen Kuri threw 131 pitches in the bullpen on Monday. He has now thrown 1,610 pitches since the start of fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Nine players, including Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Ren Nakata, Hirotaka Egusa, Ryuji Ichioka, Shota Nakazaki, Yusuke Nomura and Daichi Osera, will be getting rest at a hot spring facility in Yufu, Oita between the 17th and 21st. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Osera will be working out with Kenta Maeda in January. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen at Nagoya Stadium on Monday. The last nine pitches were with a squatting catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014 ... Motonobu Tanishige caught the first twenty pitches. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014
  • Yuta Muto has been used primarily as a reliever, but general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai sees him as a future starter. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Keijiro Matsumoto and Kisho Kagami will be getting new uniform numbers. Matsumoto's number will change from 6 to 61, Kagami's from 21 to either 67 or 68. The number 6 will remain unused. The number 21 will most likely be assigned to 2nd round draft pick Kenta Ishida. Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are planning to hold evening workouts on the 19th, for about two hours beginning at around 6:30pm, so younger players can work on their hitting and fielding just as the sun begins to set and the stadium lights turn on. Source: Sanspo 11/18/2014

[11/17/2014] Yomiuri Giants blank Hanshin Tigers 10-0 in Old-Timers Game on Sunday

by on Nov.17, 2014 @ 11:59 am, under NPB
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  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Yomiuri 0 4 4 0 0 0 1 1 x 10 21 0

Attedance: 24,528

  • The Giants blanked the Tigers 10-0.
  • Hideki Matsui got the start in right and batted third. He went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI: single to center, RBI double to right, single to left, single to right.
  • Tatsunori Hara batted clean-up and went 0-for-3: fly out to left, fly out to first, fly out to left. It was Matsui-Hara three and four in a line-up for the first time since October 8, 1995.
  • Norihiro Komada went 3-for-3 and was named the game's MVP.
  • Masumi Kuwata pitched a scoreless ninth. He allowed one hit and topped out at 131km/h.
  • Koichi Tabuchi was the starting catcher and batted fourth.
  • Kiyooki Nakanishi entered the game in the 3rd for the Tigers and was yanked after giving up four consecutive hits and three runs.

Source: Sanspo 11/17/2014, Sanspo 11/17/2014, Sanspo 11/17/2014, Sponichi 11/17/2014, Sponichi 11/17/2014, Sponichi 11/17/2014, Sponichi 11/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2014, Sports Hochi 11/17/2014, Sports Hochi 11/17/2014, official coverage (Yomiuri)

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[11/16/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama Yakult

by on Nov.17, 2014 @ 10:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Takehiro Donoue (29) took fielding practice at first and left on his last day of tryouts on Sunday. He also took twenty-six swings against a curveball pitching machine and hit five over the fence. Source: Sponichi 11/16/2014
  • Former Giant Hideki Matsui could reprise his role as a special instructor during spring camp next year. Source: Sanspo 11/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Daiki Enokida tossed two shutout outings in relief during an intra-squad game on Saturday. It was his first game since he played in an intra-sqad game on October 3. He did not participate in the Phoenix League and instead worked on overhauling his mechanics at the Naruohama facilities with former Ni-gun pitching coach Toshiro Yufune. Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2014
  • The Tigers are thinking about offering Yutaka Enatsu (66) a job as special instructor during spring camp next year. Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera closed out his fall camp in Nichinan on Sunday. The pitchers ran a 3.2 kilometer course. Osera finished in third. He will now head to Yufu, Oita on the 17th for the start of "rehab camp" (rest and rehab). Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2014
  • Koichi Ogata feels a number of players may have earned early tickets to Ichi-gun spring camp next year with their work during fall camp. He will be letting a handful of players know on the last day of camp (November 21). Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are planning to add Ikusei pitcher Junki Kishimoto (18) to their seventy-man roster. Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to swap the dark blue in the home uniforms with a regular blue. They will begin wearing the new colors during spring camp next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato started a practice game against a team of players from Shikoku on Sunday. He tossed two shutout inning and struck out five. He topped out at 148km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2014, Sponichi 11/16/2014 ... Yoshinori retired the side in order in the 1st inning. He walked the first batter he faced in the 2nd, then struck out three in a row. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Ueda manufactured a run in the 3rd inning of a practice game on Sunday. He reached base with a walk and stole second on the first pitch and third on the third pitch. He later came around to score on a wild pick-off throw to first. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014