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[1/29/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.30, 2015 @ 2:20 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants held a press conference for Aaron Poreda and Miles Mikolas on Thursday. Source: official announcement ... Poreda watched Mr. Baseball for some insight into Japanese baseball. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/29/2015
  • Scott Mathieson and Leslie Anderson arrived in Japan on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Thursday. Ryoji Aikawa caught a part of the session. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi tossed a bullpen session on Thursday. He threw thirty to a standing catcher and nine to a squatting catcher. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Tetsuya Utsumi also tossed a session on Thursday. Hew threw thirty pitches, including curves and change-ups, to a standing catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Kentaro Nishimura threw thirty-three pitches to a standing catcher on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Shinnosuke Abe tested three bats weighing different amounts on Wednesday. He took 176 swings during batting practice (live and against a machine) and recorded eighty-five could-be hits. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • Takahiro Suzuki signed an advisory agreement with Adidas for baseball equipment. He was with Asics up until last year. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • There is a chance Hideki Matsui will visit spring camp some time during the third block (begins February 11). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryutaro Umeno took thirty-eight swings during outdoor batting practice on Thursday and hit two over the fence. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Minoru Iwata threw twenty-four pitches, including forkballs and sliders, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. This was his second session of the year. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama (inflammation, left sternoclavicular joint) played catch at a maximum distance fifty meters during practices on Wednesday and Thursday. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is avoiding alcohol and cigarettes. Ishizaki started smoking heavily when he was having problems with a herniated disc a year-and-a-half ago because he thought it kept him from gaining weight. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi swung the bat forty-three times during outdoor batting practice on Thursday and hit two over the fence. Both home runs were off left-handed pitching. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Mauro Gomez might not make it to Japan for the start of spring camp on February 1. Passports can be replaced fairly quickly, but work visas can take a little longer, some times as long as two to three weeks. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Kazuo Ito (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-three-year-old woman from Saitama on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015, Daily Sports 1/29/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera threw thirty-five pitches to a squatting catcher on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Jesus GuzmanKris Johnson, and Mike Zagurski worked out at Mazda Stadium on Thursday for the first time since their arrival in Japan. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2015 ... The Carp held a press conference for the three players on Wednesday. Guzman was assigned the number 13, Johnson the number 42, and Zagurski the number 58. Source: official announcement ... Johnson's paternal grandmother is Japanese. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata swung the bat twenty-four times during batting practice on Wednesday. He focused on hitting the ball to right-center with the first fifteen swings. He will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp because he weighed in at ninety-eight kilograms, six over his ideal weight. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2015
  • Fifteen pitchers are participating in Chatan mini-camp. Wednesday was the second day. As of Wednesday, first round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura was the only pitcher that had not yet tossed a bullpen session. Pitching coach Yui Tomori was not particularly pleased and said to the media, "Pitchers that do not want to throw can go to Yomitan [camp]." Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015 ... Nikkan Sports points out that Nomura last threw a session on the 23rd (twenty-six pitches) and was seen icing his left calf the last few days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015 ... Nomura threw thirty-four pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher on Thursday. Kazuki Yoshimi joined the team on the 28th and also tossed a bullpen session on Thursday (thirty-two pitches). Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015, Sponichi 1/29/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars held a press conference for Jose Lopez on Thursday. He was assigned the number 2. Source: official announcement
  • Yoslan Herrera will arrive at spring camp about three days late because he is still waiting to get his work visa. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • Keijiro Matsumoto (28) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Chiba on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • Hideki Matsui is slated to visit Ginowan spring camp between February 5 - 7. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2015, Sponichi 1/29/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Lastings Milledge worked out at IMG Academy in Florida during the winter. Milledge has made adjustments to his hitting and dropped about three kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2015
  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class ended on Wednesday. First round draft pick Shingo Takeshita and fourth round draft pick Tetsuya Terada were the only players that made it through without getting hurt or sick. Takeshita threw sixty pitches to a squatting catcher. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Old time mascots Ya-bo and Su-chan are making appearances in Urasoe, Okinawa. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015, Urasoe Navi
  • Tsubakuro met with the Swallows for contract negotiations on Thursday. He agreed to a deal worth 9,000 yen (down 3,000 yen from last year) plus incentives and an all-you-can-drink supply of Yakult 400 and Toughman Dry. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015

[1/28/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.29, 2015 @ 2:22 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Aaron Poreda arrived at Haneda Airport on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015 ... Miles Mikolas arrived at Narita Airport on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • Third round draft pick Hayato Takagi threw thirty-one pitches to a standing catcher on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Hayato Sakamoto (tightness in lower back) did some light training at the Kawasaki facility on Wednesday. He is planning to join the rest of the team in Miyazaki on the 31st. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015 ... Sakamoto could start the year at Ni-gun spring camp depending on the condition of his lower back. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger arrived at Kansai Airport on Wednesday. His wife gave birth the couple's fourth child, a boy, in November last year. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015, Daily Sports 1/28/2015
  • Matt Murton worked on his trunk muscles this off-season and dropped three to four kilograms. Source: Sanspo 1/28/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi threw thirty-six pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher in his first bullpen session of the year on Wednesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2015, Sponichi 1/28/2015
  • Ryoma Matsuda threw sixty-four pitches, including sliders and change-ups, in the bullpen on Wednesday. It was the most he has thrown this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami will be trying a new type of glove that should assist him when fielding grounders. He will also be moving away from the color black. The new glove is dark navy. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015 ... Fujinami threw fifty-six pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. Twenty fastballs to a standing catcher and thirty-six to a squatting catcher. He threw three curves, three sliders, four forkballs, three change-ups, two two-seamers, and one cutter. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw forty pitches, all fastballs, in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • Kentaro Kuwahara threw forty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 1/28/2015
  • Kazuyuki Kaneda threw forty-one pitches to a squatting catcher on Tuesday. Kaneda pushed his weight from eighty-one to eighty-three kilograms this winter. Source: Sanspo 1/28/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi used a bat that weighs 900 grams, about ten lighter than what he used in college, during batting practice on Tuesday. The new bat also had a thicker handle. Source: Sanspo 1/28/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The city of Nichinan started work on a large indoor facility on June 2 last year. Construction will not be complete until March 31, but the Carp will be allowed to use what is finished during spring camp. The total cost of the facilities will be about 330 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons held a press conference for Amaury RivasRaul Valdes, and Ricardo Nanita on Wednesday. Source: official announcement
  • Yudai Ono threw twenty-two pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday. Eighth round draft pick Masashi Yamamoto threw sixty-one. Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2015
  • Daisuke Yamai was presented with the 33rd Dragons Crown Award. He was also given a Crown Hybrid Athlete G. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Jose Lopez arrived at Narita Airport on Wednesday. His flight was delayed three hours because of plane troubles. Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2015 ... Guillermo Moscoso and Aarom Baldiris also arrived at Narita Airport on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2015
  • The media learned Shun Yamaguchi (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman on December 25 last year. Yamaguchi worked out in Guam for eighteen days with Chunichi's Takuya Asao. He dropped five kilograms and now weighs ninety-seven kilograms. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015

Yakult Swallows

[1/27/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.28, 2015 @ 3:30 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto delayed his trip to Miyazaki on Tuesday because of some light tightness in his lower back. Sakamoto first started feeling some discomfort in his back while training in Guam. The condition does not appear to be serious. He is expected to join the team by the 31st. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Matt Murton arrived at Kansai Airport on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • The Tigers are not sure when Mauro Gomez will be arriving in Japan. He was originally scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, but that plan fell through after his passport was stolen (someone broke into his car and took a bag that contained his passport). Hanshin is still hoping he can make it to Okinawa by the 31st. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015, Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami threw about twenty warm-up pitches to a standing catcher before throwing thirty-six pitches, including the curve, slider, and cutter, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was his first session of the year. Ryutaro Umeno caught Fujinami. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015, Chunichi Sports 1/27/2015, Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh arrived at Kansai Airport on Tuesday. Oh will be in the final year of a two-year deal. He told reporters that he felt good, better than last year. He is currently able to throw at distances between eighty and ninety meters. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is planning to only throw fastballs during his bullpen sessions until he starts to hit the corners with frequency. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi swung at thirty-pitches during live batting practice on Tuesday. It was his first live session since joining the Tigers. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015
  • Uemno is planning to use a Tomoaki Kanemoto model bat this season after swinging a few different types during a meeting with SSK in December. He picked the Kanemoto bat because he liked the grip. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/27/2015
  • Takashi Toritani could become the target of more advertising deals after all the exposure he got this off-season. He could make upwards of about seventy million yen per deal. Source: ZakZak 1/27/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Jesus Guzman, Kris Johnson, and Mike Zagurski arrived at Narita Airport on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Ryuji Ichioka will be using a green glove this season. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015 ... Ichioka threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on the 25th. Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Allen Kuri, Jumpei Ono, Takaya Toda, Shota Nakazaki, and Ichioka all tossed bullpen sessions with squatting catchers. For Kuri, it was his third session in as many days. Nakazaki threw thirty-five pitches, including a forkball he has been working on. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • The Carp unveiled about 330 new products for the 2015 season to the media on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Team Shop

Chunichi Dragons

  • Second round draft pick Tomohiro Hamada threw thirty-eight pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki threw ninety-two pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was his tenth session since the start of rookie training camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015

Yakult Swallows

[1/26/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.27, 2015 @ 3:37 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class ended on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • Kan Otake dropped about six kilograms this off-season. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Shinnosuke Abe does not plan on taking a catcher's mitt to spring camp. He will be testing out four different kinds of first baseman's mitts. Source: Sponichi 1/26/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda threw about thirty pitches, including change-ups and sliders, in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his first session at Naruohama this year. Source: Sanspo 1/26/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami packed an acoustic guitar with the rest of his spring camp items. Fujinami started playing after he joined Hanshin to help kill time and relax. He bought the guitar last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera threw thirty-six pitches to a standing catcher on Monday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Sanspo 1/26/2015
  • Takaya Toda threw about fifty pitches, including curves, in the bullpen on Monday. It was also his first session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Allen Kuri threw fifty pitches to a squatting catcher on Monday. It was his second session in as many days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • Keisuke Imai threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Sunday. Imai worked out with Kan Otake in Toyohashi, Aichi from the 17th until the 23rd. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna, Anderson Hernandez, Ricardo Nanita, Raul Valdes, Amaury Rivas, and Leandro Mella arrived at Chubu Airport on Sunday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2015
  • The Dragons will spend about 150 million yen on renovations to their indoor training facilities near Nagoya Stadium. Construction began on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

[1/26/2015] Hiroshima signs Danilo DeJesus to an Ikusei contract

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 11:18 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they signed twenty-seven-year-old Danilo DeJesus to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the uniform number 144. A report at Sports Hochi mentions that the two side agreed a deal worth 2,310,687 yen with a signing bonus of one million yen. DeJesus was signed out of the organization's baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. Prior to this year, he was a player in training (renshusei).

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 1/26/2015, Jiji Press 1/26/2015

[1/25/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 3:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone bought a fifty-inch television for around 100,000 yen and gave it to his grandmother. He also paid for a subscription to Nittele G+ so that she can watch Giant games. He is planning to send his father a brand-name bag that costs about 150,000 yen. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama (left sternoclavicular joint) should be ready for opening day. Assuming no problems, he could pitch in his first game in mid- to late-February. He played catch at a distance of about fifty meters on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to send scouts to check on players with other teams at both Ichi-gun and Ni-gun spring camps locations. They will also be shuffling their scouts around to make sure they have a fresh set of eyes checking on talent. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • Development coach Masayuki Kakefu is high on Shintaro Yokota and Naomasa Yokawa. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Keisuke Imai threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma purchased a vehicle that seats seven with his signing bonus and gave it to his family in Hyogo. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015 ... Noma ended his workouts at Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima on Sunday. He will report back to the team on the 31st in Miyazaki after he takes his college examinations. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • Hiroshima is planning to sign Danilo DeJesus (27) to an Ikusei contract. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015, Sponichi 1/25/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Someone took about 100,000 yen worth of stuff out of Ryosuke Hirata's car. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015 ... Three Chan Luu bracelets and some loose change were among the items that were missing. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • Senryokugai Kohei Oda (37) decided to retire because he received no offers. He is slated to hold a press conference in Nagoya on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015, Sponichi 1/25/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki wants to use a portion of his first paycheck to buy a nice bicycle. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato threw about 500 pitches over eight bullpen sessions between January 12 and 22. He threw as many as eighty pitches and as few as fifty. He tossed three sessions on consecutive days twice. Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2015

[1/24/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.25, 2015 @ 6:10 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano focused on running and long distance throwing during his workouts in Hawaii. He was able to max out his throws to between ninety and 100 meters. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi rejoined workouts on Saturday. He had to leave the team for his college exams on the 18th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw forty-one pitches, all fastballs, to a half-squatting catcher in the bullpen on Friday. It was his fourth session at Naruohama. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • The Tigers may have assigned a couple extra left-handed pitchers to Ichi-gun spring camp so that they can work with Yutaka Enatsu. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015
  • February 15 could be a big day for players during spring camp. The Tigers are slated to play a practice game against Nippon Ham on February 11, a practice game against Samsung (KBO) on the 13th, and an intra-squad game on the 15th. The plan is to give almost every player a chance to play in at least one of the three games and then determine if assignments need to be changed at the end of the day on the 15th. Most of the focus will be on younger players. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015 ... Shintaro Fujinami could pitch in his first game on February 15. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuhei Matsuyama weighed ninety-four kilograms last season. He managed to shed six kilograms this off-season and currently weighs eighty-eight kilograms. He wanted to lose weight this winter because he hurt his left knee last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015
  • Seventh round draft pick Daisuke Tada will leave the team on the 25th for his high school examinations. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015
  • Danilo DeJesus arrived in Japan on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons will go back to having one advance scout per Central League team this season for the first time in four years. They worked with three advance scouts last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki tossed another bullpen session on Saturday. It was his ninth since the start of training camp for the 2014 draft class. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • First round draft pick Shingo Takeshita threw thirty-five pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Saturday. It was his first session with a squatting catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Yoshihisa Naruse threw thirty-four pitches off the mound at Jingu Stadium on Friday. It was the first time he threw off an incline this year. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2015
  • Yoshinori Sato worked out in Okinawa with Ryohei Kiya and Takeaki Tokuyama for ten days. During those ten days, Yoshinori tossed eight bullpen sessions and threw about 500 pitches. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2015
  • The players had a chance to test the new turf at Jingu Stadium on the 23rd. They will be given more time on the 28th and 29th. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015

[1/23/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.24, 2015 @ 3:53 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp because there are concerns about his lower back. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki threw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Friday. He was assigned to Ni-gun spring camp because he is behind schedule with his workouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Yuta Iwasada threw forty-two pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015
  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is planning to use Daiki Enokida and Kazuya Tsutsui as relievers this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • The Tigers' new uniforms will be unveiled later this month. The design will be based off the uniforms used in 1985. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka ended his workouts in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima on the 21st. He also tossed his first bullpen session of the year on the 21st (twenty pitches). Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2015
  • Shota Nakazaki dropped his fat percentage from twenty-six down to twenty-one or twenty-two percent. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • First round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura threw twenty-six pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Tomoya Yagi threw fifty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Friday. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015
  • Ryosuke Hirata currently weighs ninety-eight kilograms and is about six kilograms over his ideal weight. The extra weight and the left ankle problems he had last fall could be why he was assigned to Ni-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015, Sponichi 1/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Ninth round draft pick Takeshi Kaneko will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp. He could be called up to Ichi-gun spring camp some time around the second block, after he finishes taking his college examinations. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yokohama Stadium is planning to make the switch from metal halide lamps to LED lights. Source: official announcement

Yakult Swallows

[1/22/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.23, 2015 @ 2:09 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone threw twenty-seven pitches in the bullpen on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 1/22/2015
  • Kentaro Nishimura threw about forty pitches to a standing catcher at Giants Stadium on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Tetsuya Utsumi, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Yuya Kubo, Yuki Koyama, Shoki Kasahara, Ryosuke Miyaguni, and Nobutaka Imamura returned from mini training camp in Guam on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Yamaguchi (left elbowed) managed to toss a bullpen session on the 21st. He threw twenty-five pitches to a standing catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kazuo Ito threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 1/22/2015
  • Ryota Arai has been going to Sensyudou (acupuncture and chiropractic clinic) to treat his lower back problems since September last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015
  • Kenichi Tagami has recorded a hit in each of his first plate appearances of the year since 2011. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Nakazaki threw thirty-three pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015
  • Hirotaka Egusa threw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Eishin Soyogi started the 2013 and 2014 seasons off at Ni-gun spring camp out of concern for his right knee. He has a lot more to prove this year and asked to be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp this year. He trained in Guam for the second year in a row and spent twelve days, beginning on January 8, working out from 9:00am until 7:00pm. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • The Carp have sold out of season tickets for the 2015 season (seven types priced between 98,700 and 367,500 yen). The team's performance last year, coupled with priority sales to All-Star tickets this year, helped push about 7,700 tickets through December. The news of Hiroki Kuroda helped sell the remaining 600 or so since then. Hiroshima sold around 6,300 season tickets for the 2014 season. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015, Sports Hochi 1/22/2015, Sponichi 1/22/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Third round draft pick Shota Tomonaga took some live batting practice on Wednesday. He swung the bat thirty-eight times and recorded over twenty could-be hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa threw thirty-one pitches in the bullpen on the 19th. Source: Sanspo 1/22/2015

[1/21/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.22, 2015 @ 1:35 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto took things easy during practices on the 18th because of discomfort in his lower back. He also felt some tightness in his hamstrings. He started feeling better when he got the areas around the hamstring loosened up. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2015
  • Third round draft pick Hayato Takagi threw twenty-five pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 1/21/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Daiki Enokida threw fifty-three pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen at Naruohama on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 1/21/2015
  • Yuta Iwasada threw forty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was his first session with a squatting catcher. Source: Sanspo 1/21/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka weighed eighty-six kilograms last season. He is currently about two to three kilograms away from his target of eighty-two to eighty-three. Source: Sanspo 1/21/2015 ... Nishioka left Japan to train in Hawaii on Tuesday. Before leaving, he told reporters that he already spoke to Yutaka Wada. He did not reveal too much about what they discussed, but hinted that he would be competing at second base. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2015
  • The Tigers are scheduled to play a practice game against Nippon Ham on February 11, a practice game against Samsung (KBO) on February 13, and an intra-squad game on February 15. Source: Sanspo 1/21/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki, third round draft pick Toshihiko Kuramoto, fourth round draft pick Motoharu Fukuchi, and fifth round draft pick Koki Yamashita were all assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp during a staff meeting on Wednesday. Yokohama is slated to play twelve intra-squad/practice games during spring camp this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Fukuchi's father is a Motoharu Sano fan. He named his son after the singer and asked him to use Sano's Someday as his intro music during his first year. Fukuchi has never heard the song and would rather use music by someone he knows, like E-girls, but is planning to go along with his father's request. Fukuchi threw forty-two pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was the first time he threw to a squatting catcher. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/21/2015, Sponichi 1/21/2015
  • Yulieski Gourriel could join the team in early April. Source: Sponichi 1/21/2015
  • Hiroshi Kobayashi (26) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman on December 11, 2014.. Source: Sponichi 1/21/2015