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[2/25/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.26, 2015 @ 8:16 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers closed out Ginoza camp on Wednesday. They drew 67,800 fans during camp, up from the 56,500 from last year. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015
  • The Tigers also closed out Kochi camp on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015
  • Matt Murton is slated to play in his first game on March 4 (exhibition vs Softbank at Koshien). Source: Sanspo 2/25/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki was scheduled to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5, but is now slated to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on the 28th. Source: Sanspo 2/25/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is set to start an exhibition game against Softbank on March 3. Source: Sponichi 2/25/2015
  • Hiroki Uemoto most likely won the starting second base job after Yutaka Wada recently told Tsuyoshi Nishioka that he was going to play third this year. Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2015
  • Yamato developed a fever on the 24th and was taken to the hospital for an evaluation. He was diagnosed with the flu and did not participate in practices on the 25th. He will stay behind in Ginoza until he is feeling better. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015, Sanspo 2/25/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki is set to start a practice game against LG (KBO) on the 26th. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshihisa Naruse is set to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Seibu on March 4. Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2015

[2/24/2015] Spring Camp Games from February 24

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:55 am, under NPB
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[2/24/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hideki Matsui returned to New York out of Narita Airport on Monday. Source: Sponichi 2/24/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto and Takashi Toritani took extra fielding practice at second and short on Monday. They fielded grounders and worked on making throws to second. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki is set to pitch in a Ni-gun Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • Fumiya Araki missed practices on the 23rd with enteritis. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • The Tigers are interested in Nexxen's thirty-two-year-old closer Seung-Lak Son (KBO) as a possible replacement for Seung-Hwan Oh. The Tigers would like to re-sign Oh, but they are not sure what his plans are after this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015
  • The Tigers are also interested in thirty-year-old pitcher Mario Santiago. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda will start and pitch two innings in an intra-squad game on the 25th. Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Ryuji Ichioka, Allen Kuri, Shota Nakazaki, and Deunte Heath are also set to make appearances in the game. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda is set to toss batting practice on the 25th. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Yusuke Nomura has been using a practice glove during spring camp with a design that makes it look like Mazinger Z. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto will pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015 ... Yamamoto hinted that this might be his last year when he told reporters during a walk on his day off on Monday, "This might be the last of these kinds of things. Not just in terms of this camp, but over thirty-two years." He also said, "Every year I say I'm about ninety percent done," and "No matter how you look at it, this is the end of a chapter. I turn fifty this year. I want to keep things normal because it's going to be the last." Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien is slated to arrive in Japan on March 2. He may not be ready for the active roster until some time in early April. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa and Masanori Ishikawa will most likely get starts during an upcoming two-game exhibition series against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Ogawa will likely start the first game on February 28 and Ishikawa the second game on March 1. The starting line-up, one through nine, for the first game, could be: Tetsuto Yamada at second base, Shingo Kawabata at third, Lastings Milledge at designated hitter, Yuhei in center, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama at first, Yasuhiro Tanaka in left, Keiji Obiki at short, Yuhei Nakamura at catcher, and Tsuyoshi Ueda in right. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015

[2/23/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.24, 2015 @ 7:32 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps had the day off on Monday.
  • Frederich Cepeda worked out for about three hours on his day off on Monday. He is still trying to get over his jet lag. He will most likely play in a practice game against SK (KBO) on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 2/23/2015
  • The Giants held a press conference on Monday to announce that they added Takehiro Donoue to their seventy-man roster. He was assigned the uniform number 91. His new contract is worth an estimated fifteen million yen. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 2/23/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez is slated to play in Tuesday's practice game against Yokohama. He will make the starting line-up at designated hitter and bat bat clean-up. Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Kai Ueda is planning to try his hand at switch-hitting. Ni-gun manager Hideo Furuya made the suggestion because he feels it might help Ueda take better advantage of his speed. Source: Daily Sports 2/23/2015, Sanspo 2/23/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps had the day off on Monday.

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps had the day off on Monday.
  • Takashi Ide will be stepping down as director. The move was approved during a stockholders meeting and board of director meeting on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Monday.

Yakult Swallows

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Monday.
  • Yoshihisa Naruse is slated to start Tuesday's practice game against Hanwha (KBO). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2015

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[2/22/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.23, 2015 @ 7:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants are planning to add Takehiro Donoue (29) to the seventy-man roster. An announcement could be made shortly. He could be assigned the uniform number 91. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015, Daily Sports 2/22/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • The opening day starting rotation is coming together. The first three spots will go to Randy Messenger, Minoru Iwata, and Shintaro Fujinami. The fourth spot will go to Atsushi Nomi. If Suguru Iwazaki is healthy/ready, he could get the sixth spot. The fifth spot is still up for grabs. Source: Daily Sports 2/22/2015
  • Ryoma Matsuda is set to join the Ichi-gun team in time for a practice game against Orix on the 28th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2015
  • The media learned on the 21st that the Tigers decided to pass on Juan Jaime after giving him a tryout in the Dominican Republic. No reasons were mentioned. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yoshihiro Maru will most likely be the everyday center fielder. Brad Eldred, Jesus Guzman, and Ryuhei Matsuyama are competing for spots in left and at first. First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma and Seiya Suzuki are in the mix for the job in right. Ko Shimozuru is also an option in the outfield. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2015
  • First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma hit a home run in Hiroshima's first exhibition game of the year on Saturday and became the first rookie in franchise history to accomplish the feat since Takehiko Kobayakawa on February 25, 1984. The last player to accomplish the feat in NPB history was Yakult's Yusuke Matsui on February 20, 2010. Source: Sponichi 2/22/2015
  • NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki visited Okinawa camp on Sunday. He had a chance to meet Hiroki Kuroda and shook his hand. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Third round draft pick Toshihiko Kuramoto has been using a 920-gram Hiroyuki Nakajima model bat since January last year. Source: Sponichi 2/22/2015

[2/21/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.22, 2015 @ 6:14 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Miles Mikolas is set to start Sunday's exhibition game against Rakuten. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto will get the start at third and bat sixth in Sunday's Ni-gun practice game against Softbank. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is scheduled to start and pitch about three innings in Sunday's exhibition game against Chunichi. He will most likely make the team as a reliever, but the Tigers are also interested in him as a possible back of the rotation starter. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Mauro Gomez will most likely play in practice game against Yokohama on the 24th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Matt Murton would like about sixty plate appearances before the start of the regular season. He could play in his first game on March 4 against Softbank. Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2015
  • Tsuoyshi Nishioka and Hiroki Uemoto are competing for the everyday job at second base. Yutaka Wada is not in a huge rush to decide which player will be his second baseman this year and feels he does not have to make a final decision until a week or so before the start of the regular season. The loser of the battle could end up competing for a job at third base with Ryota Arai and Ryota Imanari. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015, Sponichi 2/21/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami signed a contract with sportswear maker ONYONE. Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2015, Sponichi 2/21/2015
  • Younger players will most likely be given a chance to win a spot on the active roster during a six-game stretch between February 21 and March 3. The games after that will most likely go to the everyday players. Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroki Kuroda will most likely make starts on five to six days of rest this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Former manager Kenjiro Nomura is attending Red Sox spring training as a visiting instructor for about ten days. Source: Sponichi 2/21/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto is set to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on the 26th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Junki Ito was sent down to Ni-gun camp on Saturday. He was told about the move during practices and continued his workouts at Yomitan Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015

Yakult Swallows

[2/20/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.21, 2015 @ 8:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Frederich Cepeda joined the Giants on Friday. Source: Sponichi 2/20/2015
  • Shinnosuke Abe is not planning to play in any exhibition games during Okinawa camp because of discomfort in his right calf. Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2015
  • Kazuto Taguchi is set to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camp had the day off on Friday.
  • Suguru Iwazaki (left shoulder) and Yuya Yokoyama are slated to toss batting practice on the 23rd. Source: Sanspo 2/20/2015, Sanspo 2/20/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroki Kuroda could make his first regular season start on March 29 against Yakult at Mazda Stadium. Source: Sponichi 2/20/2015 ...The addition of Kuroda could have a positive economic impact of about 5.2 billion yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2015 ... Kuroda's first pre-season game could come on March 8 against Yakult. Source: Sports Hochi 2/20/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ni-gun camp had the day off on Friday.
  • The Gunma Diamond Pegasus announced that they signed former Yokohama Bay Star Kazumasa Kikuchi (32) as a player/pitching coach. Kikuchi attended a tryout with Nippon Ham earlier this month, but failed to make the cut. Source: official announcement