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[6/11/2015] Chiba Lotte Marines: Ikuhiro Kiyota’s hitting streak ends at twenty-three games

by on Jun.11, 2015 @ 11:34 am, under NPB
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Ikuhiro Kiyota's (Lotte) hitting streak ended at twenty-three games on June 10. Here's a little more about the hitting streak:

  • 44-for-95, 20 R, 11 2B, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 16 BB, 13 SO.
  • Six modashos (three or more hits), including two four-hit games.
  • Thirteen multi-hit games (two or more hits).

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[3/22/2014] Injury Report: Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Hanshin)

by on Mar.23, 2014 @ 2:24 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka (back, neck) participated in pre-game practices on Saturday.  Assuming no problems, he could play in Sunday's exhibition game against Orix at Kyocera Dome.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/22/2014
  • In addition to his back, Takashi Toritani might also have some tightness in his right side.  Source: Sanspo 3/22/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (left flank, back) missed his second straight game on Saturday.  Haruki Ihara told reporters it was up to Nakamura to decide when he is okay to play.  Nakamura appeared to swing the bat a little harder during batting practice on Saturday than on Friday.  Source: Sanspo 3/22/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ikuhiro Kiyota was replaced by a pinch-runner in the 2nd inning of Saturday's game against Yakult with pain in his left ankle.  He is not expected to miss Sunday's game.  Source: Sponichi 3/22/2014
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Chiba Lotte Marines: February 10, 2012

by on Feb.10, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Thursday

  • Yoshihisa Naruse faced Tadahito Iguchi and Shota Ishimine during batting practice and allowed seven could-be hits on sixty-nine pitches. (Sponichi)

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The team had the day off today.

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Shunichi Nemoto, Kei Hosoya, 3rd round draft pick Daichi Suzuki worked out on their day off today.  Their workouts included batting and fielding practices.  All three players are said to be competing for the starting shortstop job.

Suzuki is scheduled to be one of the starting shortstops for an intra-squad game tomorrow.

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1st round draft pick Takahiro Fujioka spent about two hours working out on his day off today.  His workouts included running and playing catch.

====== UPDATE 2/11 @ 2:00am

Ikuhiro Kiyota has been using with a 1.5kg training bat during soft-toss BP.  The bat was given to him by Hisayoshi Chono (YOM).  Kiyota has also been using softballs during soft-toss.

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Thursday was Norihiro Komada's last day as a special instructor.  He told reporters he was satisfied with the progress Shoitsu Omatsu made with his work at first base and that he should be ok.

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Chiba Lotte Marines: Ikuhiro Kiyota suffers a finger fracture

by on Jun.02, 2011 @ 1:36 am, under NPB
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Ikuhiro Kiyota was hit by a pitch in the 4th inning in tonight's game against the Yakult Swallows (Hitoshi Yamamoto was on the mound) and removed from the game.  He was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a fracture in right index finger (distal phalanx).  No other information is currently known.

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Chiba Lotte Marines Spring Camp News and Notes: February 10, 2011

by on Feb.10, 2011 @ 9:22 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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The Ni-gun Marines have the day off today.

===== 2/10 @ 11:21pm

Ikuhiro Kiyota spent about an hour working on his swing before general practice today.  He also stayed back after practice for extra hitting.  During situational BP during general practice, Kiyota managed to serve a number of outside pitches to the opposite field.

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Norifumi Nishimura told reporters that he didn't expect Imaoka to be gone for very long.

===== 2/10 @ 9:22pm

The Marines received the Hanshin Tigers' 28-man protected player list today.  Operating director Akira Ishikawa told reporters that there was a player (or perhaps players) they were interested in.

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Makoto Imaoka returned to Tokyo today due to a re-occurrence of chronic lower back pains (not that severe).  Imaoka will get his back checked out at a hospital in Tokyo and there is currently no time line for when he'll return to camp.

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Chiba Lotte Marines Spring Camp News and Notes: February 6, 2011

by on Feb.06, 2011 @ 4:42 pm, under NPB
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===== 2/6 @ 11:00pm

About 2000 fans visited the Marines spring camp at Ishigaki today.  After practice, the Marines also held a baseball clinic for the local little league baseball teams.

===== 2/6 @ 4:42pm

Yuki Karakawa made an appearance as a BP pitcher and threw 92 pitches (at 50-60%) while giving up 22 could-be hits.

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Atsushi Kobayashi threw 74 pitches as a BP pitcher today and gave up 11 could-be hits, including 2 homers to Shoitsu Omatsu.

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Shota Ishimine (1st round) showed up for early morning batting practice today (second day in a row).  He arrived at the facilities around 8:30am and spent about an hour, along with Ikuhiro Kiyota and Shota Koike (4th round), working with batting coach Eiji Kanamori.

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Tae-Kyun Kim took 32 swings of the bat during BP yesterday and hit 3 over the fence.  Kim's first BP session last year: 48 swings, 22 over the fence.

Said Kim, "It's too early to be thinking about hitting the long ball.  Camp just started.  If I try to force myself to pull the ball for home runs, I mess up my balance.  I'm swinging at full speed, but I'm not going to use unnecessary power."

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Yoshifumi Okada used his new bat  during BP yesterday -- at 960 grams it's 30-40 grams heavier than the one he used last season.  In facing Koshiro Yamamuro, Okada swung the bat 11 times collected 6 could-be hits (2 each to left, center, and right).

Said Okada, "I made the bat heavier so I wouldn't get beat by faster pitches.  My goal is to choke up on the bat and make sure I can swing through and hit the ball hard."

According to bat manufacturer ZETT - "Professional hitters use bats that weigh, on average, between 900 to 910 grams.  Okada's bat actually has a narrow head and is therefore easy to control."

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Yoshihisa Naruse threw 74 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.  Not including the team's day off on Friday, it was Naruse's 4th session in as many days.  Naruse is currently scheduled to toss BP on the 7th.

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Yuta Omine (stiffness in his right ring finger) continued to work out under a separate menu today (he also did not play any catch).

Said Omine, "I'm taking it easy right now.  I just hope I'll be able to start throwing again during the next block."

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Chiba Lotte Marines Spring Camp News and Notes: February 5, 2011

by on Feb.05, 2011 @ 7:03 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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The Marines Ni-gun roster has the day off today.

===== 2/6 @ 1:48am

Five pitchers, including Kazunori Yamamoto and Kodai Matsumotomade appearances as BP pitchers today.

Matsumoto threw about 89 pitches and faced Naotaka Takehara, Hisao Heiuchi, Omatsu, and Kiyota.

===== 2/5 @ 11:33pm

Shunsuke Watanabe threw 122 pitches in the bullpen today (TV, neo Sports).

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Shoitsu Omatsu took 26 swings during BP today.  For his last 6 swings, Omatsu swung at full power and hit 4 over the fence.

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Ikuhiro Kiyota took 32 swings and collected 12 could-be hits during BP today -- he also worked on hitting the ball to he opposite field.

===== 2/5 @ 7:03pm

Yuta Omine felt tightness in his right ring finger and didn't do any throwing today.  Omine's scheduled appearance as a BP pitcher was also scratched today.

Said Omine, "I could probably throw if I wanted to, but I won't today.  I think I'll be ok tomorrow."

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Chiba Lotte Marines News and Notes: December 7, 2010

by on Dec.07, 2010 @ 9:36 pm, under NPB
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Shingo Ono met with the Chiba Lotte Marines today and agreed to a 3-year deal worth 300m yen plus incentives.  His salary of 100M yen for the 2011 season is down 5M yen from this past season.

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Shunsuke Watanabe ended up donating 1.7M yen to the World Food Programme this year (10,000 yen for each inning he pitched, including the post-season).  That apparently translates to 57,000 meals.

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The media learned on Monday that Takashi Ogino's right knee was still swollen from the surgery that took place in May.  While Ogino is making progress, it seems it's going to take a bit longer before the swelling goes away completely.  Ogino also has plans to drop by the Toyota baseball training grounds later this month in order to say hi to his old team.

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Ikuhiro Kiyota got a physical at Chiba Marine Stadium on Monday and weighed in 90kg.  He apparently lost 2kg and is working towards getting back to his ideal weight of 87kg.  Kiyota is currently on a diet that includes lots of vegetables.

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Lotte: Ikuhiro Kiyota receives a sports award from Kamagaya, Chiba

by on Dec.01, 2010 @ 10:27 pm, under NPB
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Ikuhiro Kiyota was present with a Sports Award from Kamagaya, Chiba (his hometown) today.  The award ceremony was held at Kamaya 5th Junior High School (his old school); 475 students attended the ceremony and also had a chance to interact with Kiyota (playing catch with him and asking him questions).

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