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[4/13/2014] Hiroki Kuroda, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Apr.13, 2014 @ 7:36 pm, under MLB
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Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 4/12 BOS 4
RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .444
Entered the game as a defensive replacement in right in the top of the 9th.
Norichika Aoki KCR 4/12 KCR 1
RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .270
Batted lead-off. G1, G6, G6, Fo7. Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014, Sponichi 4/13/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 4/12 PAW 2
SS 2 0 0 0 0 0   .286
Batted ninth. SH1, F7, G5. Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 4/12 RRE 16
CSP 12
DH 4 3 2 1 1 0   .379
Batted ninth. G3, 1B7-R[9], BB-R[10], F9, 1B9-RBI[4]-R[11]. Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014


Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 4/12 BOS 4
97-59 29 6.1 6 4 4 3 5 1 3.86
Started the game. Left in the top of the 7th with runners on first and second, one out, and New York up 6-2. Recorded the victory (W, 2-1). Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014, Sponichi 4/13/2014
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 4/12 LVG 1
88-62 24 7.0 2 0 0 2 8 0 2.25
Started the game. Was not involved in the final decision. Went 0-for-2 at the plate: G6, L4. Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014, Sponichi 4/13/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 4/12 IOW 5
93-68 24 6.2 4 0 0 0 10 0 0.68
Started the game. Left in the bottom of the 7th with runners on first and third, two out, and Chicago up 2-0. Got the win (W, 2-0). Went 0-for-2 at the plate: E3, G5, SH1. Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014
Toru Murata CLE 4/12 COL 4
LOU 12
67-48 23 4.1 9 6 6 0 4 1 10.13
Entered the game in the bottom of the 1st with a runner on second, two out, and Columbus down 5-2. He allowed the inherited runner to score before getting out of the inning. (HBP 1).


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[4/3/2014] Hiroki Kuroda, Norichika Aoki, Yu Darvish

by on Apr.03, 2014 @ 11:41 pm, under MLB
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Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 4/2 KCR 1
RF 4 0 0 0 1 1 1 .000
Batted lead-off. BB, Ks, G4, L9, G1 (challenged, overturned). Nikkan Sports 4/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/3/2014


Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 4/2 NYY 1
91-55 22 6.0 3 2 2 1 5 1 3.00
Started the game. Recorded loss (0-1). Nikkan Sports 4/3/2014
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/2 BOS 6
15-9 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the game in the bottom of the 8th with Boston up 6-2. Nikkan Sports 4/3/2014, Sponichi 4/3/2014
Koji Uehara BOS 4/2 BOS 6
18-14 5 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the game in the bottom of the 9th with Boston up 6-2. Nikkan Sports 4/3/2014, Sponichi 4/3/2014


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[4/2/2014] Yu Darvish, Hideki Matsui, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Apr.02, 2014 @ 9:02 pm, under MLB
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New York Yankees

  • Live Viewing information on Masahiro Tanaka's first MLB start on April 5. Source: official announcement
  • Hideki Matsui will appear in the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic on May 24 at Doubleday Field. Source: official announcement

Texas Rangers

The latest on Yu Darvish, from ESPN's Richard Durrett:

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish threw an 86-pitch bullpen session at Globe Life Park on Tuesday and is getting closer to making his first start of the 2014 season.

When that occurs is still undecided, but Darvish can't come off the disabled list until Saturday. Starting Sunday in Tampa Bay or Monday in Boston seems quite possible, though the club isn't giving any timetables. They will discuss a plan after seeing how Darvish recovers from the bullpen session Wednesday, but both manager Ron Washington and general manager Jon Daniels indicated Monday that Darvish didn't necessarily need a rehab start before getting back in the rotation.

... Darvish, 27, hasn't thrown to hitters since March 16 in Arizona. But the club and Darvish feel that physically he's ready without needing any kind of rehab start in the minor leagues.

Source: ESPN 4/1/2014

[3/28/2014] Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish, Koji Uehara

by on Mar.28, 2014 @ 8:46 pm, under MLB
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Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 3/27 NYY 4
CF 4 2 3 1 0 0 1 .255
Batted lead-off. 1B7 (R), 1B6, 1B7 RBI (R), L7. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 6th. Nikkan Sports 3/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/28/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 3/27 TOR 3
2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .250
Entered the game at short in the bottom of the 7th. Kl. Nikkan Sports 3/28/2014


Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 3/27 MIN 1
  3 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.50
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with Boston up 2-1. Nikkan Sports 3/28/2014
Koji Uehara BOS 3/27 MIN 1
  3 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 4-1. Nikkan Sports 3/28/2014


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[2/24/2014] Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka, Yoshinori Tateyama

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 2:50 pm, under MLB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 2/23 31 Before general workouts; from wind-up and set positions; spoke to coaches for about twenty minutes after the session.  Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
Yoshinori Tateyama BP 2/23 23 Faced three hitters; first outing as batting practice pitcher.  Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
Tomo Ohka BP 2/23 34 Faced four hitters; mixed in some fastballs; second outing as batting practice pitcher.  Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
Shunsuke Watanabe BP 2/23 15 First outing as batting practice pitcher.  Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
Yu Darvish BP 2/22 34 Face three hitters; mixed pitches; fourteen swings; two hit into play, one could-be hit; threw at about eighty percent; third outing as batting practice pitcher.  Sanspo 2/24/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014, Sponichi 2/24/2014


Boston Red Sox

  • Shunsuke Watanabe is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 25th.  He could also pitch in a practice game against a college team on the 27th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014

New York Mets

New York Yankees

Texas Rangers

[2/20/2014] Shunsuke Watanabe, Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui

by on Feb.20, 2014 @ 7:30 pm, under MLB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 2/19 30 Third session.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014
Tomo Ohka Bullpen 2/19 35 First session; mostly knuckleballs.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014
Yoshinori Tateyama Bullpen 2/19 40 First session.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014
Shunsuke Watanabe Bullpen 2/19 38 Including breaking pitch; using minor league baseball.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014


Shunsuke Watanabe met former teammate Julio Zuleta and posted some thoughts on his blog.  He mentions that Zuleta is interested in returning to Japan.

Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2014


Ichiro Suzuki told the Associated Press he did not get frustrated with the news of the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran.  His reaction, was "oops."  Asked about reaching 3,000 hits, he said it was not a goal he was thinking about right now, but might should he ever get closer to it.  He added that he was taking things one year at a time.

Source: Associated Press 2/19/2014 (Washington Post)

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo will be celebrating Ichiro's 4,000th NPB+MLB hit with a special exhibition that will open on February 22 and run for about year.  Various memorabilia, including uniforms from the three organizations he has played for (Orix, Seattle, New York), will be put on display.

Source: official announcement


Masahiro Tanaka could toss some batting practice on the 21st.

Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2014


Funai Electric extended their partnership agreement with the Boston Red Sox.

Source: Press Release 2/19/2014 (Funai)


The New York Daily News' Christian Red has written a piece on Hideki Matsui.

“The timing of when I retired and when (my son) was born was pretty much the same time. It was a big turning point in my life,” Matsui says. “My life is so drastically different, to where (my son) almost makes you forget about baseball, or that I was even playing baseball. It’s been great. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with my family and my son. It’s been a wonderful experience so far. I feel I’m very lucky to spend this much time with my family.”

Source: New York Daily News 2/18/2014 via Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014

Matsui flew from his home in New York to Tampa on the 19th.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/20/2014

[2/17/2014] Yu Darvish, Shunsuke Watanabe, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.17, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under MLB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Yu Darvish Bullpen 2/16 34 Second session; including breaking pitches.  Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 2/16 33  Threw everything except cutter.  Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014


Yu Darvish told reporters he had discomfort in his hips until early January and that it did not fully go away until he went to Hawaii in February.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014

ESPN's Richard Durrett has a bit more:

... Darvish told the Japanese reporters shortly after his 34-pitch bullpen session -- his first of spring training and ninth this offseason -- that his trainer recommended he quit lifting heavy weights and that the hip felt better starting in mid-January.

Darvish said he trained mostly in Japan this offseason, but did spend some time in Hawaii and that the warm weather also helped him physically. He was given an injection right after the season for pain in his back, but reports shortly after that were that his back felt better.

Source: ESPN 2/16/2014


Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa played some catch and did some long toss on the 16th.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014

Shunsuke Watanabe was assigned the number thirty-one.  He posted a photo of his jersey on his blog.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014


Norichika Aoki made his way to Arizona from Los Angeles on the 15th and worked out at the Royals' spring training facilities on the 16th.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014


Munenori Kawasaki has been working out at the Blue Jay's spring training facilities.  His locker is next to Tomo Ohka's.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014


Workouts for Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka on the 16th were mostly centered around fielding drills.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014

Joe Girardi told reporters on the 16th that he heard Yoshinori Tateyama was going to start workouts on the 17th.

Source: Sanpso 2/17/2014


Sanspo has posted addition more of Tanaka's interaction with the media from the 15th.

Your first day is done.  How different are things compared to Japan?

In general, practice times are shorter.

GM Brian Cashman mentioned he considered you the team's third starter.

Once you get on the mound, it no longer matter where you pitch in the rotation.  I just want to think about winning when I take the mound.  I do not care where I pitch in the rotation.

How different are the balls and mound?

There are obviously differences, but I will never be able to pitch if I keep on talking about those things.  There are even differences in mound heights from stadium to stadium in Japan.  Right now, those things aren't really stressing me out.

Will you be able to adjust?

I have to.

How do you relax?

I like to relax in my own room, that was the case in Japan too.  I also like golf, so if I can get some time in here, that would be nice.

Were you embarrassed to change in a clubhouse full of reporters?

I just changed as I normally do today.  If people want to watch, feel free.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014

According to a report by ZakZak, Tanaka did not apply for an international drivers license and is relying on his PR assistant, Yoshiki Sato, to drive him around.  He apparently does not like driving.

Source: ZakZak 2/17/2014


Hideki Matsui is scheduled to join the Yankees as a special spring training instructor on the 20th.  Matsui left for New York out of Narita Airport on the 17th.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014

[2/14/2014] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Feb.15, 2014 @ 3:09 am, under NPB
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Quick Notes

  • The Giants drew 184,500 fans during Miyazaki camp this year, up about 40,000 over last year.  Source: Sanspo 2/14/2014
  • Hideki Matsui threw 1,024 batting practice pitches during his run as special spring camp instructor (he tossed batting practice in nine of the eleven days).  He also hit five over fence in twenty-two swings during batting practice on the 9th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2014
  • Tatsunori Hara had dinner with Matsui on Thursday night (last day of Miyazaki camp).  Source: Sponichi 2/14/2014
  • The Ichi-gun team traveled to Okinawa on Friday.  Tetsuya Utsumi (batting ball off left shin), Toshiya Sugiuchi (discomfort in lower back), and Tetsuya Yamaguchi (general fatigue) are taking things a little slow.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2014
  • The Giants are scheduled to play seven games over their next eleven practice days.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2014
  • Shuichi Murata, Hirokazu IbataYasuyuki Kataoka, and Kan Otake visited the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Okinawa on Friday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2014

[2/14/2014] Tsuyoshi Wada, Yoshinori Tateyama, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.14, 2014 @ 3:57 pm, under MLB
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Tsuyoshi Wada will be late to camp because of delays in obtaining his visa.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2014


Yoshinori Tateyama is also apparently experiencing some delays with his visa and may not be able to make camp until the 16th (17th Japan time), at the earliest.

Source: Sponichi 2/14/2014


Masahiro Tanaka tossed a bullpen session on the 13th: five to a standing catcher and twenty-three to a squatting catcher (including breaking pitches).  Pitching coach Larry Rothschild watched over the session; Francisco Cervelli caught the session.

Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2014Daily Sports 2/14/2014, Daily Sports 2/14/2014

Comments from Rothschild and Cervelli, via the New York Posts' Dan Martin:

... “He only threw 25 pitches,” Cervelli said. “We have to see the whole spring training.’’

... Asked what he thought of the splitter, Cervelli said: “It was good. Today was windy and a little chilly. … In spring training, we’re going to see more of Tanaka.”

... “The fastball comes out so well,” said Cervelli, who will be fighting for a backup job this spring. “His mechanics are so smooth.”

... “I think the adjustments are going to be made, it’s just a question of how long it takes,” Rothschild said. “I’m trying right now to moderate his schedule according to what he’s done in the past because he’s stayed healthy throughout his career.”

... “We’ve got plenty of time,” Rothschild said. “He’s got to get into games and into the season and [see] just how he reacts to the different schedule. It’s not an overnight thing. It’s a process.”

That process will include not only a new schedule, but a different sized ball and different mounds. As long as Tanaka continues to be open to making changes, Rothschild is confident he will be fine.

Source: New York Post 2/13/2014


Former Softbank Hawk Yao-Hsun Yang has signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates that includes an invite to major league spring training.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2/13/2014 via Sponichi 2/14/2014


Hideki Matsui will be a spring training instructor for the Yankees.  From the New York Post:

Hideki Matsui will join the Yankees as a spring-training instructor, The Post has learned. The beloved former player was scheduled to arrive in Tampa on Tuesday.

... The 39-year-old Matsui should be able to help newly signed Masahiro Tanaka in the transition from Japan to the Yankees. The two spoke briefly during the Yankees’ recruitment of Tanaka. Matsui is expected to remain with the Yankees until spring training games begin.

Source: New York Post 2/11/2014

[2/9/2014] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Feb.10, 2014 @ 4:34 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Leslie Anderson 2/8 14 Faced Tetsuya Yamaguchi; collected three could-be hits.  Sponichi 2/9/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Tetsuya Utsumi BP 2/9 44 Faced Kenji Yano and Masaki Sakaguchi.  Sanspo 2/9/2014
Nobutaka Imamura BP 2/8 45 Faced Yoshiyuki Kamei (22 pitches, 4 could-be hits) and Hayato Sakamoto (23 pitches, 2 could-be hits).  Daily Sports 2/9/2014
Toshiya Sugiuchi Bullpen 2/8 82 Sanspo 2/9/2014


Hideki Matsui took batting practice in public on Sunday.  Shinnosuke Abe threw twenty-nine pitches; 1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi was the catcher.  Matsui took twenty-two swings and hit five over the fence (5th pitch/4th swing, 10th pitch/8th swing, 14th pitch/12th swing, 18th pitch/15th swing, 29th pitch/22nd swing).

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014

Matsui threw 827 batting practice pitches over the first seven days of camp (excluding a day off).

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014


Tomoyuki Sugano canceled a bullpen session on the 8th because of tightness in his back.  It does not appear to be serious.

Sugano played catch on Sunday and told reporters he was fine.  He is hoping to either toss batting practice or pitch in an intra-squad game on the 13th.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014, Sponichi 2/9/2014, Sponichi 2/9/2014


Nobutaka Imamura will be sent down to Ni-gun camp because of tightness in his left shoulder.  Ryota Katsuki will be called up to take Imamura's place.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014