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[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

[11/15/2014] Rumors: Tony Blanco, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Shun Tono

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:42 am, under NPB
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The Cubs are not planning to resign Kyuji Fujikawa (33). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shunsuke Watanabe (38) will be playing winter ball in Venezuela with Leones del Caracas. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shugo Fujii is willing to sign an Ikusei contract, if it means he can continue playing. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama senryokugi Takuro Ito (21) is planning to attend the second twelve-team tryout on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will most likely part ways with Tony Blanco (34). A number of Pacific League teams, including Rakuten and Orix, are interested in the slugger. Blanco apparently has a preference to play in the PL where he can be designated hitter. Yokohama could try to replace Blanco with Jose Lopez (31). Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama is planning to sign Shun Tono (28) and could hold a press conference to announce the addition some time next week. A number of teams reached out to Tono, including Hiroshima, but Yokohama came out on top because they were first to contact him. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Yokohama announced on Saturday that they signed Tono. Source: official announcement

Takehiro Donoue's (22) tryout with the Yomiuri Giants will take place over the weekend (November 15, 16). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are aware that there is a chance Seung-Hwan Oh will not be back in 2016. They want to be prepared in case he decides to leave and are planning to begin a search for potential candidates to replace him during the 2015 season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Tigers may have offered Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) a four-year deal worth over one billion yen. They are considering other things to include in the package, like a chance to become a coach in the future. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... The Tigers are planning to send an official to the United States some time in or after December. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

[11/15/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:37 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kyosuke Takagi threw sixty-three pitches during a bullpen session at Giants Stadium on Saturday. Takagi got tips on how to throw the shuto from pitching coach Kazuya Tabata on Friday. He worked on throwing the pitch during his session on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014
  • Chunichi senryokugai Takehiro Donoue's tryout began on Saturday at Giants Stadium. He took sixty-seven swings during batting practice and hit five over the fence and recorded forty-one could-be hits. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014
  • The Giants and Tigers announced an Old Timers Charity Auction to raise money for Tohoku earthquake victims. Uniforms and baseballs autographed by players participating in Sunday's Hanshin-Yomiuri Old Timers Game will be on the block. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Intra-squad game on Saturday: Masahiro Nakatani got the start in center and batted third for the Reds. He recorded a run-scoring double in the 3rd with runners on first and second and two out. Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Yamato got the start at short and batted lead-off. He went 1-for-4. Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Ryoma Matsuda tossed a shutout inning in relief. Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • Ryoma Matsuda is working on his change-up. Fall camp instructor Yutaka Ono was surprised to learn that Matsuda was using a similar grip to his and has been giving him advice on how to throw it. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • The Tigers could move Tsuyoshi Nishioka to center and use Yamoto at short and Hiroki Uemoto at second. If they manage to sign Hiroyuki Nakajima, they can plug him in at third. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014
  • Suguru Iwazaki returned to Osaka on Friday because of tightness in his left elbow. His workouts at Naruohama will focus on running. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata spent forty minutes hitting baseballs to Toshiki Kurobane on Friday. He also spent thirty minutes hitting grounders to pitchers Kisho Kagami, Kenjiro Tanaka, Yuki Kuniyoshi, Atori Ota, and Yoshiki Sunada. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Naomichi Nishiura and Takahiro Araki are in the mix for the everyday job at short. Both players recorded three hits during a practice game against a team of Shikoku Island League players on Friday. Assuming Keiji Obiki signs, he will also be in the mix at short. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • Mitsuru Manaka wants the team to be aggressive in the early innings and is planning to stay away from the bunt. He will become more conservative as the game heads into the later innings. He also wants players to be aggressive on the base paths. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

[11/14/2014] Rumors: Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Seibu Lions

by on Nov.15, 2014 @ 2:33 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants held a press conference on Friday to announce their addition of Chunichi senryokugai Daiki Yoshikawa (22). He was assigned the number sixty-eight. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014 ... Yoshikawa agreed to a deal worth an estimated 5.5 million yen. He is slated to join fall camp at Giants Stadium on Saturday (11/15). Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

The Giants are planning to give Chunichi senryokugai Takehiro Donoue (29) a tryout. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

The Giants are not planning to offer Jose Lopez (30) a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

Hanshin's Seung-Hwan Oh (32) does not see the NPB as the endpoint of his career. He believes he should head to the Majors if such a path becomes available to him after pitching well next season. Oh will be in the final year of a two-year deal next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/14/2014, Sponichi 11/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi joined Chunichi fall camp on Thursday. He is scheduled to practice with the team until the end of camp on the 20th. He is expected to sign a contract with Chunichi within the next few days. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

The Rakuten Eagles signed Hiroshima senryokugai Tomohiro Umetsu (31) to an Ikusei contract. Source: official announcement ... Umetsu agreed to a deal worth an estimated six million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

The Seibu Lions are expected to reach out of Hiroyuki Nakajima a second time to resume contract negotiations. Their initial offer may have been four years at over one billion yen. Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2014 ... According to ZakZak, Nakajima wants to play in the United States next year, even if it means signing a minor league deal and starting the season at Double-A. Source: ZakZak 11/14/2014 ... The Lions may have offered Nakajima a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.2 billion yen, or about 280 million yen plus incentives per season. The Tigers may be decided to extend their initial three-year proposal to four years. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

The Orix Buffaloes announced that signed Chunichi senryokugai Daisuke Tanaka (29). Source: official announcement

[11/14/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Nov.15, 2014 @ 2:30 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Takayuki Terauchi (31) filed marriage papers with a thirty-year-old woman from Aichi on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Former Giant Masumi Kuwata was at Giants Stadium on Thursday collecting footage of player movement with a high-speed video camera. He wanted to provide younger players with an analysis of their motions. Part of Kuwata's studies at Tokyo University's graduate program involves analyzing motions required when throwing and hitting baseballs. Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2014, Sponichi 11/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Owner Shinya Sakai checked fall camp in Aki, Kochi on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Yamato took fielding practice at short for the second day in a row on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Rene Leveret (29) and Frederic Hanvi (25) participated in fall practices at Naruohama on Thursday for the first time. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014 ... Leveret recorded two doubles during a batting practice scrimmage on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Suguru Iwazaki complained of discomfort in his left arm while playing catch during fall camp on Thursday. Sanspo 11/14/2014
  • Naomasa Yokawa took forty swings during batting practice on Thursday and hit eleven over the fence. The shot that came on his twenty-ninth swing carried over 140 meters. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi no longer wants to be considered the staff ace because he feels it is not good for the team -- if the team is developing good pitching talent, then that label should naturally be passed on to a younger pitcher. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuya Fukui started a practice game against Seibu on Friday. He tossed three shutout innings. Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2014 ... The Carp beat Seibu 4-0. They scored three runs in the 2nd (RBI double by Yuki Mima, RBI double by Hiroki Takahashi, and an RBI single by Tomohiro Abe) and a run in the 5th (RBI single by Tsubasa Aizawa). Fukui, Kyohei Nakamura, Jumpei Ono, Jumpei Shinoda, and Keisuke Imai combined for the shutout. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014
  • Kenta Kurihara had surgery on his right elbow on Friday. He will most likely require three to four months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 11/14/2014
  • Koichi Ogata worked with Shota Dobayashi on his swing for over an hour during an extended practice session on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2014
  • After what has happened with Chihiro Kaneko and the Orix Buffaloes this year, the best time to post Kenta Maeda could be after the 2015 season, one year before he earns his domestic FA option. Source: ZakZak 11/14/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yohei Oshima has been working out in left during fall camp. Oshima got the start in center during Thursday's practice game against jProject, but was shifted over to left in the 6th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Koshi Inoue was senryokugaied in October. He attended the twelve-team tryouts on the 9th, but failed to attract interest. He joined up with the team at fall camp on Friday as a batting practice pitcher. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

[11/13/2014] Rumors: Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.14, 2014 @ 1:59 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers re-signed Kojiro Tanabo (23) to an Ikusei contract. Source: official announcement

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed Takahiro Arai (37) to a contract. A press conference will be held in Hiroshima on Friday. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014 ... The contract will most likely be worth an estimated twenty million yen (down from 200 million yen he made this season and down from the eighty million yen offered by Hanshin). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014

The Hiroshima Carp re-signed Yuichi Hisamoto (35) to an Ikusei contract. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars could be preparing to offer Daisuke Matszuaka (34) a three-year deal worth a total 1.05 billion yen and the uniform number one. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014

Scott Boras told reporters on Wednesday he expected Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) to sign with a Japanese team. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014, Daily Sports 11/13/2014

The Bay Stars could offer 300 million yen for Yulieski Gourriel (30) next year, three times the amount they paid this year. Their offer to Matsuzaka could be four years at about one billion yen. Source: Sanspo 11/13/2014

Tsutomu Ito would like to see the Chiba Lotte Marines to put the money they planned to use for Yoshihsa Naruse toward making sure Alfredo Despaigne returns to the team next year. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014

[11/13/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons

by on Nov.14, 2014 @ 1:49 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei, Itaru Hashimoto, Ryusei Kitanosono, and Hiroshima's Soichiro Amaya will hold join workouts in Miyazaki in January. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014
  • Former Yomiuri Giant Hideki Matsui arrived at Narita Airport on a JAL flight out of New York on Wednesday. He has a full schedule over the next few days. He will be in the broadcast booth for the Suzuki All-Star Series on Friday and Saturday and is slated to play in Sunday's Yomiuri-Hanshin Old Timers Day game in Sendai. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are giving Shintaro Yokota, Naomasa Yokawa, Masahiro Nakatani, Shinta Hifumi, and Naoto Nishida extended looks during Kochi camp. They are all competing for spots to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014

Chunichi Dragons