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Chunichi Dragons: March 18, 2012

by on Mar.18, 2012 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Kenshin Kawakami is scheduled to toss five innings against the Rakuten Eagles (at Nagoya Dome) on March 23.

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Sponichi notes that the Dragons could go with Kazuki Yoshimi, Kawakami, and Masahiro Yamamoto for their first three games of the regular season.

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The Dragons decided today to give 1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi more playing time by temporarily dropping him to Ni-gun.  Takahashi looked over-matched his last two games: 0-for-9 with 5 strikeouts, two ground ball outs, two fly ball outs.

Chunichi Dragons: March 17, 2012

by on Mar.17, 2012 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Nikkan Sports notes that the Dragons have dropped hints to reporters that Kazuki Yoshimi may be their opening day starter.

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Takeshi Yamasaki is looking forward to the chance of facing his former teammate Masahiro Tanaka when the Dragons play three exhibition games against the Rakuten Eagles at Nagoya Dome between March 23 and 25 at Nagoya Dome.

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Kenshin Kawakami and Kenichi Nakata will likely get starts during the second series of the season: vs Yokohama at Yokohama, April 3-5.

Chunichi Dragons: March 4, 2012

by on Mar.04, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Saturday

  • Kenshin Kawakami threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen after his two inning outing against the Hiroshima Carp. (Sponichi)

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While Kenichi Nakata topped out at 149km/h during his outing against the Hiroshima Carp on Sunday, his velocity dropped about 10km/h the moment runners got on base.

"I could not get my timing down from the set position.  And I was throwing from the side," said Nakata.

Nakata spent some time in the bullpen, after his outing, making adjustments to his mechanics.

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1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi attended his high school graduation on Saturday.

Chunichi Dragons: February 25, 2012

by on Feb.26, 2012 @ 1:05 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Friday

  • Kazuki Yoshimi threw 201 pitches in the bullpen after pitching two innings against the LG Twins. (Sponichi)

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Between pitching two innings against the LG Twins and tossing a bullpen session, Kazuki Yoshimi ended up throwing about 252 pitches on Friday.

Yoshimi's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 3,194 grams, earlier today.

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Tony Blanco started taking soft-toss batting practice (about 30 minutes) on Friday after taking things easy the last few days due to lower bock stiffness.

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Masahiro Yamamoto, Kenshin Kawakami, and Yoshimi are scheduled to start three exhibition games beginning on March 2.  Each will toss two to three innings.  It is likely that the same three will be the ones to kick things off during the opening series.

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Through Friday, 1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi is 8-for-28 with one homer and five RBI over eight games.

Chunichi Dragons: February 24, 2012

by on Feb.24, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Thursday

  • Takeshi Yamasaki took 112 swings during lunchtime batting practice and hit twelve over the fence. [Sports Hochi Osaka]

Friday

  • Masahiro Yamamoto and Kenshin Kawakami tossed situational batting practice today.  Yamamoto faced nine batters and allowed two hits while Kawakami faced eleven batters and allowed two hits.  Kawakami also topped out at 138km/h. (Nikkan Sports)

Thursday

  • Hitoshi Iwase threw thirty pitches in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)

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Kei Nomoto took things a little slow during practice today due to fasciitis in his right calf.  There are no plans to send Nomoto to a hospital at this stage but he will spend time away from Ichi-gun.

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Hitoki Iwase will likely get to start an exhibition game against Hiroshima on March 2.

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1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi spent some time signing autographs after practices on Thursday.

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Through Thursday, 1st round draft pick Takahashi is 7-for-24 with five extra base hits and four RBI over seven games.

Chunichi Dragons: February 16, 2012

by on Feb.16, 2012 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice

Wednesday

  • Takeshi Yamasaki took eighty-nine swings during batting practice and hit thirteen over the fence. (Sponichi)
  • Jorge Sosa took fifty-two swings during batting practice and hit five over the fence. He also hit on an at least 140 meters. (Sponichi, Nikkan Sports)

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Kenshin Kawakami continued to work out under a separate training schedule today because of inflammation in his right hamstring.  His condition has improved and he plans to toss a bullpen session on Friday.

Kawakami also spent time looking over footage of him playing catch today.

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Two lucky fans got work the PA system and be a bat boy during the first and second inning of today's practice game against Samsung.

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The Dragons announced that their cheer-leading squad will hold a dance lesson for the 450 or so students at Kuwae Junior High School on Friday.  Doala is also expected to attend.

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While it is only ninety-eight meters out to left at Chatan Stadium, there is a fourteen meter high net near the left field foul pole.  Hitting one over the netting means the ball most likely traveled at least 140 meters.  Sosa hit one of his shots over this netting on Wednesday.  The only other player to do that was Joel Guzman last year.

Chunichi Dragons: February 15, 2012

by on Feb.15, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Wednesday

  • Jorge Sosa hit five over the fence during batting practice. (Sponichi)

General

  • Masahiro Yamamoto threw 110 pitches in the bullpen on February 10 and 111 pitches on February 12. (Nikkan Sports)

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Kenshin Kawakami worked out under a different training schedule today because of inflammation in his right hamstring.  Kawakami's condition does not appear to be severe; his status for tomorrow's practice is still unknown.

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Katsuya Nomura visited Chatan camp today.

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Of the forty-six pitches Masahiro Yamamoto threw during batting practice on Tuesday, eleven went for balls.

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The Dragons announced today that softball pitcher Yukiko Ueno will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Thursday's practice game against the Samsung Lions.

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Daola will be making appearances at two schools Thursday morning -- Chatan Dai Ni Elementary and Chatan Dai Ni Kindergarten.

======= UPDATE 2/16 @ 12:06am

Kimiyasu Kudo visited Chatan camp on Wednesday.  He also spent some time watching Masahiro Yamamoto toss a bullpen session.

Chunichi Dragons: February 11, 2012

by on Feb.11, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Saturday

  • 2nd round draft pick Kentaro Nishikawa worked out with the Ichi-gun team and threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen. [Sports Hochi]

Friday

  • Takuya Asao threw 54 pitches to Masahiro Araki and Masahiko Morino during batting practice on Friday. Kazuki Yoshimi threw 50 pitches to Takeshi Yamasaki and Motonobu Tanishige. (Sponichi)
  • Kenshin Kawakami faced Kazuhiro Wada and Takeshi Yamasaki and allowed twelve could-be hits on forty-six pitches.  He also topped out at 137km/h (Sponichi)  Or ten could-be hits. (Sanspo)
  • Jorge Sosa faced Ryosuke Hirata, Yohei Oshima, and Atsushi Fujii during batting practice and threw thirty-nine pitches and did not allow a hit.  He also topped out at 147km/h.  Two outs were recorded in the outfield. (Sports Hochi Osaka)

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Chunichi Dragons: February 8, 2012

by on Feb.08, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Wednesday

  • 1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi went 0-for-2 during situational BP -- strikeout looking, ground out to first. (Daily Sports)
  • Masahiko Morino went 1-for-2 during situational BP -- single off Yudai Ono and fly out to left against Toshiya Okada. (Nikkan Sports)

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Tuesday

  • Kenshin Kawakami threw seventy-eight pitches.  It was his fourth session since the start of spring camp. (Sports Hochi)

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Nikkan Sports reports that Kenshin Kawakami (36) married a US citizen last year.  Sports Hochi Osaka adds that her name is Mina Patterson (29) and that she is half Japanese (mother is Japanese).

Kawakami is slated to toss batting practice on February 10.

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Takeshi Yamasaki spent some time giving Naomichi Donoue and Ryoji Nakata pointers on hitting on Tuesday.  Masahiko Morino and Hirokazu Ibata have also looked to Yamasaki for some advice as well.

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Morimichi Takagi threw 205 pitches during batting practice on Tuesday (his first outing as a BP pitcher since the start of spring camp) -- he threw eighty-eight pitches to N. Donoue and 117 pitches to Daiki Yoshikawa.

Before practices on Tuesday, Takagi handed out over 100 autographs.  After practices, he spent about an hour signing autographs.

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Former head coach turned Sponichi baseball analyst, Shigekazu Mori, visited spring camp in Chatan on Tuesday.

Chunichi Dragons: February 4, 2012

by on Feb.04, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Friday

  • 1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi took seventy-two swings and collected forty could-be hits, including five that went over the fence. (Nikkan Sports).

Saturday

  • Yudai Ono threw 122 pitches. (Sanspo)
  • Kenichi Nakata threw fifty-seven pitches to a squatting Motonobu Tanishige. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Kenshin Kawakami threw ninety-three pitches.  It was his second bullpen since the start of spring camp. (Daily Sports)

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Between throwing batting practice and tossing a bullpen session, Yudai Ono threw about 200 pitches today.  Pitching coach Shinji Imanaka apparently had to step in to stop Ono.

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Ni-gun pitching coach Imanaka visited Ichi-gun camp on Friday and worked with Yudai Ono, Toshiya Okada, and Ryuya Ogawa.

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1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi took fielding practice at short on Friday.  While the team does see him as a third baseman, they also feel he may have a future as a shortstop.  He might also get a look at second.

Morimichi Takagi also spent over twenty minutes hitting grounders to Takahashi.