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[3/3/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Mar.04, 2014 @ 12:34 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi (left shoulder) threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  Pitching coach Kazuya Tabata stood in the batter's box.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • Hisayoshi Chono has managed to get his Spanish up to a point where he can joke around a little with Leslie Anderson.  Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers visited Nishinomiya Shrine on Monday to pray for a successful season.  About 500 visitors were also at the shrine.  Source: Sanspo 3/3/2014
  • Seung Hwan Oh does not want to use mound differences as an excuse, since there are also differences in mounds between stadiums in Korea.  He plans to check as many mounds as he can before the start of the regular season.  Source: Sanspo 3/3/2014, Daily Sports 3/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • Mauro Gomez will have his right knee re-evaluated on Wednesday.  The Tigers hope he will be ok to begin playing some time around the 15th.  Nothing will be certain until after they receive his test results. Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami could face Nippon Ham's Shohei Otani at Koshien on March 8.  Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2014, Daily Sports 3/3/2014, Sponichi 3/3/2014
  • In ten pre-season games through Sunday, Ryota Imanari is 13-for-31.  Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp closed out Okinawa camp on Monday.
  • Yuki Iwami, Jumpei Ono, Masamitsu Suzuki, and Seiya Suzuki will be sent down to Ni-gun.  Eishin Soyogi and Tomohiro Abe will be called up to Ichi-gun.  Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Daichi Osera, 2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri, 3rd round draft pick Kosuke Tanaka, and 4th round draft pick Keita Nishihara will continue workouts with the Ichi-gun team.  Source: Sponichi 3/3/2014

[3/2/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Nobutaka Imamura (left shoulder tightness) told reporters on Sunday that he was fine and that he felt no discomfort in his shoulder.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014
  • Takayuki Terauchi (right shoulder discomfort) joined general workouts at Giants Stadium on Sunday.  Terauchi did not do any throwing during fielding practice to keep strain off the shoulder.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Assistant Batting Coach Thomas O'Malley has been helping Mauro Gomez as he makes his way back from right knee pain.  Source: Daily Sports 3/2/2014 ... Gomez took live batting practice indoors on Sunday.  It was his first round of live BP since February 23.  Source: Sanpso 3/2/2014
  • Takumi Akiyama is slated to pitch in an exhibition game against Softbank on March 4.  Source: Sanspo 3/2/2014
  • Yuya Ando is scheduled to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5.  Source: Sanspo 3/2/2014
  • 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki will likely get a chance to start and pitch three innings during his next outing.  Source: Sanspo 3/2/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Name Type Date NP Notes
Daichi Osera Bullpen 3/2 131 Sports Hochi 3/2/2014

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  • Kenta Maeda practice game outing on Sunday was rained out.  An intra-squad game was added to Monday's schedule.  Maeda is scheduled to pitch in the game.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

[3/1/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 1:53 am, under NPB
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Quick Notes

  • Mauro Gomez resumed indoor soft-toss batting practice on Friday.  Source: Sanspo 3/1/2014 ... The Tigers are still unable to set a timetable on Gomez (right knee).  Source: Sponichi 3/1/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada resumed practices on the 28th at Naruohama.  He will not be allowed to do any throwing for the time being.  Source: Sanspo 3/1/2014
  • Yutaka Wada would like to make decisions on younger players by about March 7.  Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami knows he cannot pitch at full strength from start to end of every game he appears in and will be using some of the practice/exhibition games to test various ways to conserve energy/improve his pace.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014
  • Team owner Shinya Sakai denied having discussions with team officials about finding another foreign player.  Source: Sanspo 3/1/2014

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There were talks about keeping Seung Hwan Oh out of exhibition games against Central League teams, but it seems the Tigers have scrapped that plan in favor of making sure their new closer gets the work he needs, when he needs it, regardless of opponent.

Oh could pitch in a game at YafuOku Dome on March 5 to give him some experience pitching in a domed stadium.

Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2014, Sponichi 3/1/0214

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Daiki Enokida started a Kyoiku League game against Orix on Saturday and tossed three shutout innings while giving up one hit.  He faced ten hitters and threw thirty-three pitches.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2014, Sponichi 3/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014

[2/28/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Mar.01, 2014 @ 6:20 am, under NPB
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Quick Notes

  • Yuya Ando, Kosuke Kato, 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki, Katsuhiko Saka, Shinta Hifumi, and Fumiya Hojo joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Koshien on Friday.  Source: Sanspo 2/28/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to limit Seung Hwan Oh to just the 9th inning during exhibition games before the start of the regular season.  He could make appearances in earlier innings, but will be limited to just one inning.  Source: Sanspo 2/28/2014, Daily Sports 2/28/2014
  • Akira Iwamoto, Hiroaki Saiuchi, Yutaka Tamaki, Kazuyuki Kaneda, 5th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto, and Naoto Tsuru will be given as many opportunities to pitch in exhibition games as possible.  All but Iwamoto are candidates for the starting rotation (he is a candidate for the bullpen).  Source: Sanspo 2/28/2014
  • At this point in time, Mauro Gomez is Yutaka Wada's clean-up hitter, even if he is unable to play in a lot exhibition games before the start of the regular season.  Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2014, Sponichi 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
  • Early morning practices will likely remain a part of the schedule during Ni-gun workouts at Naruohama until the start of the regular season on March 21.  Depending on how things go, early morning practices might be implemented during the regular season as well.  Source: Sanpso 2/28/2014, Daily Sports 2/28/2014
  • Spring camp attendance was 56,500 this year (67,400 last year).  There were ten sunny days, twelve cloudy days, and four rainy days.  Source: Zak Zak 2/28/2014
  • 2nd round draft pick Shintaro Yokota left for Kagoshima on Friday for his high school graduation on Saturday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
  • 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki will start a practice game against Seibu on March 2.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
  • The Fujimura character from Naniwa Nanyo High School in the manga Last Inning (appearing in Shukan Big Comic Spirits) is loosely based on Shintaro Fujinami.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014

[2/27/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 5:02 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Atsushi Nomi Bullpen 2/26 67 Yutaka Wada stood in the batter's box for fifty-five pitches.  Daily Sports 2/27/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Atsushi Nomi will likely get the opening day start.  Starters for games on March 1 (vs Lotte) and March 4 and 5 (vs Softbank) will be Shintaro Fujinami, Nomi, and Randy Messenger, in that order.  Source: Sanspo 2/27/2014, Daily Sports 2/27/2014
  • Fujinami is hoping to push his weight to ninety-two kilograms this season.  Source: Sponichi 2/27/2014
  • Pitching coach Kiyooaki Nakanishi would ideally like to go with a six-man rotation, but is also open to going with five starters in the beginning.  Source: Sanspo 2/27/2014
  • 5th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto will continue to receive opportunities to pitch at the Ichi-gun level.  He has a chance to make the opening day roster as a reliever.  Source: Sanspo 2/27/2014
  • Matt Murton moved up three to four meters closer to the pitcher during batting practice on Wednesday.  He told reporters it was in preparation for facing Yomiuri's Kentaro Nishimura.  Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2014
  • Mauro Gomez could be re-examined at a hospital (right knee) depending on his progress over the next few days.  Source: Sanspo 2/27/2014 ... Gomez might not play in his first game until March 7 against Lotte.  Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2014
  • Takahiro Arai is an option at third base.  Source: Sponichi 2/27/2014
  • Ni-gun camp in Aki, Kochi ended on Wednesday. Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu named Fumiya Hojo and Shinta Hifumi his spring camp MVPs.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2014
  • Kakefu will be watching the Ichi-gun practice games on March 1 (vs Lotte) and 2 (vs Seibu).  Source: Sanspo 2/27/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada will be sent down to Ni-gun for additional work.  Source: Sanspo 2/27/2014

According to Sponichi, Iwasada has not been doing a lot of throwing since he pitched in a practice game against Rakuten on the 19th and gave up four runs in an inning of work.  He may be having some problems with his left elbow and the team might be concerned it could become more severe if they allow him to continue pushing through.  Source: Sponichi 2/27/2014

[2/26/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.27, 2014 @ 4:28 am, under NPB
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Quick Notes

  • The Tigers closed out Ginoza camp on Wednesday.  Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2014
  • Takahiro Arai was named Spring Camp MVP by Yutaka Wada.  Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014, Sports Hochi 2/26/2014
  • Eleven media companies from Korea were at Ichi-gun camp covering Seung Hwan Oh on Tuesday.  Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014 ... Oh's next outing could come against Softbank on March 5.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
  • Mauro Gomez's workouts were limited to weight training on Tuesday.  He also watched parts of the practice game against LG before leaving the stadium for the day.  Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014
  • According to Nikkan Sports, the Tigers are planning to send an official to the United States to check on additional talent in case things with Gomez do not work out.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
  • Shinta Hifumi will get a look at Ichi-gun during two games on March 1 (vs Lotte) and 2 (vs Seibu).  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
  • The Tigers will wear the number nineteen, in honor of Yukio Nishimura, during an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on March 10.  Daily Sports 2/26/2014

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KBO umpire Ki-Joong Lee (李基中) called balls and strikes during Tuesday's practice game against LG.  He spoke to the Japanese media and explained that when they sent the MLB footage of Oh's delivery in the past, they were told it was not a problem because the left foot only seemed to drag along the ground.  He also said NPB umpires reached out to them about the stride and they answered with the same information they received from the MLB.

NPB umpires have yet to make an official decision on Oh's delivery.

Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

"The winter Oh turned pro, we sent the MLB film of his delivery and they told us there were no problems.  There were no problems during the Olympics or the WBC.  That is what we said to the NPB when they contacted us," said Lee.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2014

[2/25/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:45 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Suguru Iwazaki Bullpen 2/24 62 Including breaking pitches.  Sanspo 2/25/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Through Tuesday, Takahiro Arai is 9-for-11 in four scrimmages/games.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada did not throw the ball for the third straight day on Monday.  He has been told to focus on strengthening his lower body.  Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014

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Shintaro Fujinami is scheduled to start a practice game against Lotte on March 1.  From there, he will most likely continue to make appearances on Saturday.  That could put his first regular season start on March 29 vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome, assuming no interruptions in the schedule.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014

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Mauro Gomez was examined at a hospital on Sunday because of tightness in the area behind his right knee.  His tests came back inconclusive for any major problems, but team officials are planning to let him take things slow.  There is a chance he may not be able to play in practice games against Lotte on March 1 and Seibu on March 2.  If things have not improved, he might also end up missing exhibition games against Softbank on March 4 and 5.  That could mean he might not play in a game until March 7 vs Lotte.

Gomez could head to Koshien to continue his workouts/rehab once Ginoza camp ends.

Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014Daily Sports 2/25/2014, Sponichi 2/25/2014

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Seung Hwan Oh's agent, Dong-Wook Kim, visited Okinawa camp on Monday.  He told reporters that Oh's personal assistant will be Dong-Hoon Kuo (郭東勲, English spelling might be incorrect).  Kuo will live with Oh and provide him with whatever support he needs, including food preparation.

Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014

[2/24/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Takahiro Arai 2/23 80 6 over the fence.  Sanspo 2/24/2014
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2/23 53 Regular batting practice; 5 over the fence; both sides of the plate.  Sanspo 2/24/2014
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2/23 76 Extra batting practice; 22 over the fence; batting left-handed.  Sanspo 2/24/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Shintaro Fujinami Bullpen 2/24 39 Daily Sports 2/24/2014
Yuya Ando Bullpen 2/24 33 Over half were breaking pitches.  Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
Randy Messenger Bullpen 2/23 ?? Did not have a very good session.  Sanspo 2/24/2014
Atsushi Nomi Bullpen 2/23 72 Sanspo 2/24/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Seung Hwan Oh did not toss a bullpen session on Sunday.  He instead took grounders at third and made thirty-five throws to first.  Source: Sanspo 2/24/2014
  • Yuya Ando will start a Ni-gun practice game against the Kochi Fighting Dogs (Independent League) on Tuesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka is set to play in Tuesday's practice game against LG (KBO).  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014

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Mauro Gomez was examined at the hospital on Sunday with tightness in his legs (possibly his right knee).  Source: Sanpso 2/24/2014

The coaches sat down with Gomez on Monday.  He will not play in Tuesday's practice game against LG (KBO).  He might also end up sitting out the practice games on March 1 and 2.  Yutaka Wada told reporters they did not want to push Gomez too hard.

Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2014

[2/23/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 1:22 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2/23 76 22 over the fence.  Nikkan Sports 2/23/2014
Mauro Gomez 2/22   Batting practice scrimmage; 1-for-4: 1B9, Fo9, F4, Ks.  Sanspo 2/23/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Randy Messenger Bullpen 2/23 99 Most he has thrown in a session during camp this year.  Sponichi 2/23/2014
Seung Hwan Oh Bullpen 2/22 102 Most he has thrown in a session during camp this year.  Sanspo 2/23/2014, Daily Sports 2/23/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Owner Shinya Sakai visited Kochi camp on Saturday.  Source: Sanspo 2/23/2014
  • Randy Messenger and Seung Hwan Oh are scheduled to pitch in a practice game against LG (KBO) on the 25th.  Source: Daily Sports 2/23/2014, Sponichi 2/23/2014
  • Takahiro Arai fouled a ball off his left ankle during batting practice on Sunday.  He was later seen walking around with ice wrapped around the ankle.  He told reporters he was fine.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2014
  • Mauro Gomez was scratched from Sunday's exhibition game against Chunichi as a precaution because of some tightness in his lower body.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2014

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Practice game against the Goyang Wonders (Korean Independent League) on Saturday: Fumiya Hojo recorded a hit, a walk, and two RBI; Shinta Hifumi picked up two hits, a walk, and two RBI.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2014

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The Tigers are worried about their middle relief, particularly from the left side, and might give 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada a look as an option, depending on how the starting rotation fills out.  Source: ZakZak 2/23/2014

[2/22/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.23, 2014 @ 3:06 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Mauro Gomez 2/22   Batting practice scrimmage, went 1-for-4.  Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014

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Quick Notes

  • 5th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto has decided to use the theme song from the baseball anime Touch for his intro music.  Source: Sponichi 2/22/2014
  • Seung Hwan Oh visited ONNA Akama Ballpark on his day-off on Friday and spent some time with his former team, the Samsung Lions.  He also watched them play a practice game against the SK Wyverns.  Source: Sponichi 2/22/2014

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6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki started a practice game against the Goyang Wonders (Korean Independent League) on Saturday and did not allow a run or a hit over three innings of work.  He struck out four.

In two practice games during spring camp, Iwazaki has thrown a combined six shutout innings without allowing a hit and has struck out ten.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014, Daily Sports 2/22/2014

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Sanspo Tigers' Promise: Akihito Fujii promises to steal one base this season.  If he fails, he will hold a baseball clinic for a number of Sanspo readers.  If he succeeds, Sanspo owes him a gift, to be decided at a later time.

Source: Sanspo 2/22/2014