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[12/10/2013] Daisuke Matsuzaka, Wei-Ying Chen, Hisanori Takahashi

by on Dec.10, 2013 @ 3:25 pm, under MLB
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The New York Mets could pursue Daisuke Matsuzaka (33).  From the New York Posts' Mike Puma:

... Alderson also still has interest in Daisuke Matsuzaka and is expected to listen on the possibility of adding veteran Freddy Garcia, who has received a minor league offer from the Braves, but is seeking a major league deal.

Source: New York Post 12/9/2013

From Newsday's Marc Carig:

... As for potential fits, Alderson said Daisuke Matsuzaka, 33, is among those on the Mets' list, though the club has had no significant dialogue with his agents. He went 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA last year. He pitched well down the stretch after signing with the Mets in August.

Source: Newsday 12/9/2013

From MLB.com's Anthony DiComo:

... In recapping Day 1 of the Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, Alderson mentioned only two potential rotation targets by name: Johan Santana, whose lead agent has been in contact with the Mets, and Daisuke Matsuzaka, who ended last season with the team.

... Matsuzaka, 33, seems safer from a durability standpoint despite his own injury-plagued history. But the right-hander's upside is limited given his 5.41 ERA since 2009. Matsuzaka could not find any team willing to give him a big league contract last winter, and he may be similarly hard-pressed to do so this year.

Source: MLB.com 12/9/2013

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Wei-Ying Chen (28) visited Nagoya Stadium on Monday for the first time since leaving the Chunichi Dragons for the Majors after the 2011 season.  He did some light workouts and spent some time in the training room.  He arrived in Japan on the 8th and will be returning to Taiwan on the 12th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2013Daily Sports 12/10/2013

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The Yakult Swallows are very much interested in Hisanori Takahashi (38).  Takahashi is open to a return to Japan.

Source: Sponichi 12/10/2013

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Yakult senryokugai Itsuki Shoda (32) wants to continue his career.  In addition to playing in Japan, he has also spent time in Taiwan (2010) and the United States (2011).  He is open to playing anywhere in the world.

Source: Sponichi 12/10/2013

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[10/8/2013] Yakult Swallows Senryokugai: Nakane, Matsui, Fujita, Shoda, Mizuta, Kusuki

by on Oct.08, 2013 @ 8:45 pm, under NPB
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The Swallows announced today that they will not sign the following players to contracts for the 2014 season: Yuji Nakane (24), Kosuke Matsui (35), Taiyo Fujita (33), Itsuki Shoda (31), Keisuke Mizuta (32), and Yusuke Kusuki (29). Fujita, Shoda, and Mizuta would like to continue playing next season. Nakane, Matsui, and Kusuki are undecided.

Source: official announcement

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[10/7/2013] Rumors: Kenichi Nakata, Chunichi manager, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.08, 2013 @ 1:23 am, under NPB
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Kenichi Nakata

If Kenichi Nakata decides to exercise his FA option, the Softbank Hawks could offer him a three to four-year deal.  The Yakult Swallows and Hanshin Tigers could also get involved.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2013

The Chunichi Dragons could be preparing to offer Nakata a four-year deal.  They may also be willing to keep their offer on the table while he shops around with other organizations.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2013

Nikkan Sports notes the Dragons will likely offer a contract with three or more years.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Team owner Bungo Shirai told reporters on Monday he would like to decide on a new manager before the end of the week.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2013

Yakult Swallows

According to Sanspo, the Swallows have decided not to offer Itsuki Shoda (31), Taiyo Fujita (33), Kosuke Matsui (35), Keisuke Mizuta (32), and Yusuke Kusuki (29) contracts for the 2014 season.  The five players returned to Tokyo after the Farm Championship on the 6th.  An announcement is expected shortly.

Source: Sanspo 10/8/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers are interested in bringing Matt Murton back next season, especially since he is a proven presence, but they do have a budget they can not go over.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2013

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The Tigers' top priority this coming off-season is signing a pitcher that can close.  They are also hoping to land a power hitter that can bat clean-up.

Source: Sanspo 10/7/2013, Sanspo 10/7/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Quotes on FA options:

Shinya Tsuruoka - I would like to negotiate with staying a top priority, but the option is a right that I earned so there are things I still want to think about.

Eiichi Koyano - It would be lie for me to say that I am uninterested in the market, but I will talk to Nippon Ham first.  I owe them that much for what they have to done for me.

Source: Sponichi 10/7/2013

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The Fighters will most likely exercise Michel Abreu's option for the 2014 season.  They are expected to part ways with Brian Wolfe and Justin Thomas.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2013

Softbank Hawks

Wily Mo Pena returned to the US on Monday.  Before leaving, he spoke to reporters and said, "It was a disappointing season.  I got hurt and I could not help the team."  When asked about next season, he expressed a desire to remain with the Hawks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Dae-Ho Lee spoke to reporters on Monday about next season and said, "I would like to stay with Orix.  I am currently not thinking about playing anywhere else."  Negotiations between Lee and the Buffaloes will continue.

Lee will be taken off the active roster on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2013, Asahi Shimbun 10/8/2013

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Yakult Swallows hold press conference for Mizuta, Shoda, Abe, and Kinoshita

by on Dec.01, 2011 @ 4:37 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows held a press conference today in order to introduce their newest additions: INF Keisuke Mizuta (31), LHP Itsuki Shoda (30), RHP Kenta Abe (27), and RHP Tatsuo Kinoshita (24).

Other information:

Keisuke Mizuta: uniform # -  54 / salary - 9M

Itsuki Shoda: uniform # - 61 / salary - 8M yen

Kenta Abe: uniform # - 58 / salary - 10M yen

Tatsuo Kinoshita: uniform # 62 / salary - 5M yen

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Yakult Swallows sign three players: Mizuta, Abe, and Shoda

by on Nov.24, 2011 @ 10:52 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows announced today that they have agreed to basic terms with 31-year-old Keisuke Mizuta (Chuinchi Dragons senryokugai), 27-year-old Kenta Abe (Hanshin Tigers senryokugai), and and 30-year-old Itsuki Shoda (Niigata Albirex Baseball Club).

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Kenta Abe - 2011 Season

Level Tm G W L SV CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ni-gun HAN 28 0 1 2 0 0 .000 133 30.1 31 1 9 0 2 20 0 0 12 9 2.67

Keisuke Mizuta - 2011 Season

Level Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG
Ichi-gun CHU 14 19 15 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 .133 .235 .133
Ni-gun CHU 47 123 100 15 26 3 1 3 40 17 3 1 3 1 18 1 1 26 0 .260 .375 .400

Itsuki Shoda - 2011 Season

Tm G W L Sv CG BF IP NP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Niigata 23 3 5 1 0 252 63.0 905 61 3 8 1 45 1 0 27 21 3.00
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Yakult Swallows looking to add former Nippon Ham Fighter Itsuki Shoda

by on Oct.17, 2011 @ 12:25 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows are looking to sign 29-year-old left-handed pitcher Itsuki Shoda to help bolster the starting rotation in 2012.

Career Stats

Yr Tm G GS CG ShO W L Sv HLD WPCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HBP SO WP BLK R ER ERA
2000 HAM 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- ---- 32 6.0 11 0 3 0 0 4 0 0 3 3 4.50
2001 HAM 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -- ---- 14 2.0 1 1 6 0 0 3 0 0 3 2 9.00
2002 HAM 23 23 5 2 9 11 0 -- .450 639 156.2 145 12 37 0 6 90 6 3 66 60 3.45
2003 HAM 26 26 1 1 5 15 0 -- .250 604 134.0 152 21 66 0 5 60 7 0 94 86 5.78
2004 HAM 17 17 0 0 8 5 0 -- .615 411 86.1 102 10 57 0 2 51 4 0 64 48 5.00
2005 HAM 12 12 0 0 2 6 0 0 .250 288 60.1 79 8 36 0 0 31 5 0 49 42 6.27
2009 CPBL 27 25 3 0 14 6 0 0 .700 687 158.0 191 10 36 0 2 115 4 0 87 78 4.44
2010 CPBL 32 24 1 0 11 5 0 1 .688 693 166.1 167 9 33 2 5 116 3 0 65 52 2.81
2011 BCL 23 - 0 - 3 5 1 - 252 63.0 61 3 8 - 1 45 1 0 27 21 3.00
NPB (6 yrs) 84 79 6 3 24 37 0 0 .393 1988 445.1 490 52 205 0 13 239 22 3 279 241 4.87
CPBL (2 yrs) 59 49 4 0 25 11 0 1 .694 1380 324.1 358 19 69 2 7 231 7 0 152 130 3.60
BCL (1 yr) 23 - 0 - 3 5 1 - 252 63.0 61 3 8 - 1 45 1 0 27 21 3.00
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3/30/2011: Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Koji Uehara, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Mar.30, 2011 @ 11:55 am, under MLB
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From exhibition games on the 29th:

San Francisco Giants 4 - Oakland A's 1
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted 5th.  He went 3-for-4: single to center, single to right, single to center, strikeout swinging.

Atlanta Braves 4 - Minnesota Twins 2
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at second and batted 2nd (replaced on defense in the 8th).  He went 1-for-3: fly out to left, single to right (caught trying to steal second), ground out to the pitcher.

Toronto Blue Jays 7 - Baltimore Orioles 4
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 3rd, with the Orioles up 4-3, and tossed a shutout inning in relief: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

Arizona Diamondbacks 15 - Chicago Cubs 8
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a defensive replacement in right in the 6th and grounded out to second in his one at bat.  He was then replaced on defense in the 9th.

LA Angels 5 - LA Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and gave up 3 runs over 4 innings of work: 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR.  Kuroda took the loss.

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Ichiro Suzuki did some light workouts on the 29th -- spent about 15 minutes in the indoor cages in the morning and did some running and stretches before the team's exhibition game against the Colorado Rockies.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka threw about 50 pitches in the bullpen on the 29th.

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Itsuki Shoda, released by the Boston Red Sox yesterday, wants to play in the US and will seek other options.

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The Oakland A's announced that they raised more than US$50,000 for relief efforts in northern Japan.  Hideki Matsui also called on fans for their continued support during a press conference that was held on the 29th.  (via Nikkan Sports) ... The Atlanta Braves announced on the 29th that the Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG) and the American Red Cross will be collecting donations for relief efforts in northern Japan during games at Turner Field between 3/29 - 3/30 (exhibition games against the Minnesota Twins) and 4/8 - 4/10 (regular season games against the Philadelphia Phillies).

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3/29/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Mar.29, 2011 @ 10:57 am, under MLB
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From exhibition games on the 28th:

Seattle Mariners 7 - Colorado Rockies 6
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted 1st (replaced on defense in the 6th).  He went 0-for-3: fly out to left, ground out to second, DP.

San Francisco Giants 4 - Oakland A's 3
Hideki Matsui entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and fouled out to third.

Minnesota Twins 4 - Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at second and batted 2nd (replaced by a pinch-runner in the 5th).  He went 1-for-3 with an RBI: fly out to left, fly out to center, RBI infield hit.

Cleveland Indians 4 - Chicago Cubs 3
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted 1st (replaced on defense in the 8th).  He went 0-for-4: ground out to second, fly out to left, strikeout looking, ground out to second.

Milwaukee Brewers 5 - San Diego Padres 4
Takashi Saito entered the game in the 9th, with the Brewers up 5-4, and tossed a shutout inning relief: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.  He also picked up a save.

LA Angels 5 - LA Dodgers 4
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 8th, the with Dodgers down 4-3, and tossed a shutout inning in relief: 1 IP, 2 H, 0  R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.  He got the win.

Baltimore Orioles 14 - Detroit Tigers 9
Ryohei Tanaka entered the game in the 9th, with the Orioles up 14-3, and gave up 6 runs in .1 innings of work: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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Hideki Okajima was demoted to the minors on the 28th and will begin the season and AAA Pawtucket (0-0, 5.14 ERA, 7 G, 7 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 8 SO).

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A local paper in Oakland apparently put together a 1-page special on Hideki Matsui.

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MLB.com's Bryan Hoch tweets that Romulo Sanchez's rights are being sold to a Japanese team.

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The Red Sox announced that they released Itsuki Shoda.

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The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Norther California (JCCCNC) collected donations during the Oakland A's - San Francisco Giants exhibition game at AT&T Park on the 28th.  For more information on what the JCCCNC is doing to help raise money, be sure to check out their Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

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3/26/2011: Hideki Matsui, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Mar.26, 2011 @ 10:52 am, under MLB
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From exhibition games on the 25th:

Seattle Mariners 6 - LA Dodgers 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted 1st.  He went 0-for-4: line out to first, strikeout swinging, fly out to right, ground out to first.

LA Angels 10 - Oakland A's
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted 4th.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to third, fly out to center, GIDP, ground out to third.

Minnesota Twins 6 - Baltimore Orioles 5
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at second and batted 2nd.  He went 2-for-4 with an RBI: ground out to short, RBI single to right, single to center, strikeout.  Nishioka also managed to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.

Chicago Cubs 6 - Seattle Mariners 3
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a defensive replacement in right in the 8th inning and went 0-for-1: ground out to second.

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When Hideki Matsui played LF on the 24th, it was his first game in the outfield since 9/29/2010.

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Itsuki Shoda pitched in a minor league game on the 25th; he entered the game in the 7th and gave up a run on 2 hits and 2 walks over 2 innings of work.

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The Boston Red Sox announced that Daisuke Matsuzaka donated US$1M (~81M yen) to rescue and relief efforts in northern Japan.  Hideki Okajima, Junichi Tazawa, and Itsuki Shoda also donated some money (not mentioned).

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