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[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] 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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Yomiuri Giants

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] 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

[11/16/2014] 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

[11/14/2014] 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

[11/14/2014] Hiroshima Carp holds press conference for Takahiro Arai

by on Nov.14, 2014 @ 8:03 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp held a press conference at Mazda Stadium today to introduce their newest addition: thirty-seven-year-old Takahiro Arai. The veteran will make an estimated twenty million yen next season, down from the 200 million he earned this year. He was assigned the the number twenty-eight.

Arai began his professional career with Hiroshima in 1999. He recorded a career-high forty-three home runs in 2005 with the Carp before leaving for the Hanshin Tigers via free agency after the 2007 season.

"When I selected free agency, I never thought someone from the Carp would ask me to return. It was a difficult decision, but I decided to come back because I want to give all that I have left to the team I got started with," said Arai during his press conference.

He added, "When the Carp contacted me, I struggled with the decision, just as I did seven years ago [when I decided to leave]. In that context, I was surprised they reached out to me. I was also happy, but objectively speaking, I wasn't sure if it would be okay for me to return."

Source: official announcement, 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

[11/12/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 5:05 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers held a press conference on Tuesday to introduce Kentaro Kuwahara, an addition they made via trade with the Orix Buffaloes. He has been assigned the number sixty-four. Source: official announcement
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka had surgery to clean out his right elbow at a hospital in Osaka on Tuesday and was discharged on Wednesday. He should be okay for opening day. Source: official announcement, Sanspo 11/12/2014, Sports Hochi 11/12/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera pitched in an intra-squad game on Wednesday. He got the start for the Whites and tossed two perfect innings. He topped out at 147km/h. Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2014
  • Shoma Sato joined fall camp in Nichinan on Wednesday and threw forty-two pitches in the bullpen. Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryuya Ogawa had surgery to clean his left elbow at a hospital in Nagoya on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014
  • Shota Suzuki started a practice game against a BC League mixed team on Tuesday and tossed six shutout innings while allowing five hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014

[11/11/2014] Shoma Sato signs with the Hiroshima Carp

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 11:09 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp held a press conference earlier today at Mazda Stadium to announce that they came to terms with Shoma Sato (25). He has been assigned the number ninety-eight. According to various reports, the two sides agreed on a contract worth an estimated 6.5 million yen. He is slated to join fall camp in Nichinan, Miyazaki on Wednesday.

Sato was considering retirement but was convinced by those around him to keep playing and attended the twelve-team tryout on the 9th. Hiroshima is hoping he can provide some help out of the bullpen.

Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014, Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

Carp officials met Takahiro Arai (37) on Monday and are close to finalizing a deal that could be worth around twenty million yen. An announcement is expected within the next few days.

A number of Pacific League teams were also looking into Arai, but the veteran was more interested in the chance to play for his former team.

Source: ZakZak 11/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014, Sponichi 11/11/2014