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[11/19/2014] Rumors: Chris Capuano, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 2:07 am, under NPB
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Chris Capuano (36) is open to playing in Japan after watching Hiroki Kuroda. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014 ... Seibu Lions' executive Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters they were contacted by Capuano. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

The Seibu Lions will wait for Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) to make the next move. They are not planning to make adjustments to their current offer, which is believed to be four years at over 400 million yen. They are also said to be prepared to give him the number three and the everyday job at third base, batting third. They expect to hear from Nakajima some time in December. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014 ... Scott Boras reportedly told the Hanshin Tigers during negotiations that he received good offers from other NPB teams. The Tigers are concerned their offer may no longer be enough and are making adjustments that they plan to submit later this week. This will most likely be their last/best offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014

The Tigers held a press conference on Wednesday to introduce Yuto Morikoshi (26). He was assigned the number 37. Source: official announcement

The Yokohama Bay Stars held a press conference on Wednesday for Shun Tono (28). He has been assigned the number 00. Source: official announcement

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Kam Mickolio (30) and Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014

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[11/15/2014] Rumors: Tony Blanco, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Shun Tono

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:42 am, under NPB
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The Cubs are not planning to resign Kyuji Fujikawa (33). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shunsuke Watanabe (38) will be playing winter ball in Venezuela with Leones del Caracas. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shugo Fujii is willing to sign an Ikusei contract, if it means he can continue playing. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama senryokugi Takuro Ito (21) is planning to attend the second twelve-team tryout on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will most likely part ways with Tony Blanco (34). A number of Pacific League teams, including Rakuten and Orix, are interested in the slugger. Blanco apparently has a preference to play in the PL where he can be designated hitter. Yokohama could try to replace Blanco with Jose Lopez (31). Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama is planning to sign Shun Tono (28) and could hold a press conference to announce the addition some time next week. A number of teams reached out to Tono, including Hiroshima, but Yokohama came out on top because they were first to contact him. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Yokohama announced on Saturday that they signed Tono. Source: official announcement

Takehiro Donoue's (22) tryout with the Yomiuri Giants will take place over the weekend (November 15, 16). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are aware that there is a chance Seung-Hwan Oh will not be back in 2016. They want to be prepared in case he decides to leave and are planning to begin a search for potential candidates to replace him during the 2015 season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Tigers may have offered Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) a four-year deal worth over one billion yen. They are considering other things to include in the package, like a chance to become a coach in the future. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... The Tigers are planning to send an official to the United States some time in or after December. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

[11/11/2014] Rumors: Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 4:17 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers are prepared to carry negotiations with Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) into the new year. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014 ... The Seibu Lions are going to let team official Haruhiko Suzuki handle negotiations with Nakajima. Suzuki was Ni-gun manager when Nakajima first joined the organization in 2001. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014

The Chunichi Dragons are planning to sign Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi (31). Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014

Former Softbank Hawk Kyohei Kamezawa (26) joined Chunichi fall camp at Nagoya Stadium for the start of his tryout on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will most likely sign Orix senryokugai Shun Tono (28). Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Tono may have been offered a deal worth twelve million yen. An announcement of a deal could be made within the next couple of days. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they are going to give Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26) and Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24) tryouts during Kamogawa fall camp. Their tryouts will take place on the 16th and 17th. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

The Seibu Lions re-signed Ryo Hayashizaki to an Ikusei contract and assigned him the number 120. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Hayashizaki dislocated his left shoulder during a game against Lotte on April 17 and had surgery to treat it in October. He is currently rehabbing the shoulder. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

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[11/10/2014] Rumors: Yokohama, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Softbank

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 5:07 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in Orix senryokugai Shun Tono (28) after watching him during the Twelve-team tryouts on Sunday. A number of other teams, including Hiroshima and Lotte, could also be interested in Tono. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Hiroshima Carp are interested in Tono, Nippon Ham senryokugai Shoma Sato (25), Yokohama senryokugai Futoshi Kobayashi (31), and Softbank senryokugai Shintaro Ejiri (37). They will probably keep it to one signing, if any. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Daily Sports 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima signed Sato to a contract on Monday. A press conference will be held on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Tono is not planning to attend the second tryout. He is currently only thinking about playing in the NPB next year. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/10/2014

Chunichi general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai is interested in Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Dragons are planning to give former Softbank Hawk Kyohei Kamezawa (26) a tryout during fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi and could give him a tryout. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Softbank Hawks are going to give Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) a tryout during fall camp, from the 11th until the 14th. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are going to give Chunichi senryokugai Daisuke Tanaka a look during fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2014

Yoshiyuki Kamei (32) was offered a multi-year deal but wants a one-year contract because he feels it will keep him motivated. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Hiroshima's Eishin Soyogi (34) decided not to exercise his FA option after meeting with team officials for the fifth time on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014 ... Soyogi may have agreed to a one-year deal worth 100 million yen. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima also posted an announcement of his decision. Source: official announcement

The Yomiuri Giants could meet Ryoji Aikawa (38) as early as the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Giants are planning to sign Chunichi senryokugai Daiki Yoshikawa (22). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Hanshin Tigers could sweeten their offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by diverting money they were planning to use for Naoki Miyanishi (three year, 500 million yen). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Keiji Obiki (30). Source: Sanspo 11/10/2014

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Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: February 22, 2013

by on Feb.22, 2013 @ 11:38 pm, under NPB
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The Buffaloes closed out Miyakoji spring camp today.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013

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The Buffaloes announced today that Mike Schultz passed his tryout with the team.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013

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Yuki Nishi is scheduled to start an exhibition game against Yokohama on the 23rd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2013

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Shun Tono threw 1,870 pitches during spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013

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Mitsutaka Goto has spent time at second, third, and short during the spring.  So far, Hiroshi Moriwaki likes Goto at short.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013

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Yomiuri to send Tono, Yamamoto to Orix for Katsuki, Anan

by on Nov.05, 2012 @ 1:48 pm, under NPB
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The trade has yet to be announced so it is possible things will change, but as of this morning, the trade involves Shun Tono (26) and Kazunao Yamamoto (26) from the Yomiuri Giants for Ryota Katsuki (30) and Toru Anan (28) from the Orix Buffaloes.  Both team are expected to announce the trade some time today.

FYI: All four players reportedly said their goodbyes during workouts on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2012Nikkan Sports 11/5/2012

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UPDATE @ 3:49pm - Orix has announced that the trade was made: Katsuki and Anan for Tono and Yamamoto. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2012

UPDATE @ 5:45pm - The deal has been posted at the Orix team site.

UPDATE 11/6 @ 2:45pm - Tono will be assigned the number seventeen, Yamamoto the number sixty-six.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 11/6/2012

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Yomiuri Giants planning to trade Tono to Orix Buffaloes, could get Katsuki in return

by on Nov.04, 2012 @ 2:01 pm, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, the Yomiuri Giants are planning to move Shun Tono (26) in a trade with the Orix Buffaloes.  Not much else is known, other than it could involve multiple players and that Ryota Katsuki (30) could be one of the players that Giants get back.  An announced is expected within the next couple of days.

Tono struggled this past season and was limited to just one Ichi-gun game.  The Buffaloes had a shortage of starting pitchers this season due to injuries.  They will also most likely lose Hayato Terahara to free agency.  The addition of Tono would fill a need.

The Giants are looking to further strengthen their bullpen.  If Katsuki is part of the deal, he could bring additional stability to the relief corp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2012

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UPDATE 11/5 @ 12:52am - New reports are suggesting that Orix will send Katsuki and Toru Anan (28) to Yomiuri for Tono.  It is possible more names will be added before the deal is finalized.  Source: Sponichi 11/4/2012

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Yomiuri Giants: March 28, 2012

by on Mar.29, 2012 @ 6:23 am, under NPB
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Wednesday's Ni-gun game against the Seibu Lions at Giants Stadium (Lions 6 - Giants 3): Shun Tono started the game and gave up six runs on seven hits, including two homers. [Nikkan Sports] ... Hiroki Sanada tossed a shutout inning in relief and struck out one.  He also topped out at 140km/h. [Nikkan Sports] ... Daisuke Fujimura started at short and batted second.  He collected two hits, both singles to center. [Nikkan Sports]

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The Giants shut reporters out of their workouts on Wednesday for about fifty minutes.  Pitchers and catchers also attended a meeting.  Position players will have a meeting after practice on Thursday.

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4th round draft pick Kyosuke Takagi is the only player from the 2011 draft class that made the Giants' opening day roster.

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Sponichi and Sanspo note that Shinnosuke Abe will bat fourth this season.

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Yomiuri Giants: March 22, 2012

by on Mar.23, 2012 @ 4:18 am, under NPB
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The Giants held a pep rally at a hotel in Tokyo on Thursday.  About two hundred people attended.  And Tatsunori Hara announced that Tetsuya Utsumi will be the opening day starter.

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Hirokazu Sawamura's workouts at Giants Stadium on Thursday included running and long distance throwing (about 100 meters).

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Ryosuke Miyaguni worked out at Giants Stadium on Thursday.  He will likely pitch against the Oakland A's on March 25.

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Shuichi Murata and Shinnosuke Abe are still competing for the clean-up spot in the line-up.

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Shun Tono has not allowed a run in any of the four exhibition games he has pitched in (12 IP, 7 H, 5 BB, 10 SO).

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Yomiuri Giants: March 14, 2012

by on Mar.14, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Wednesday

  • Shun Tono threw fifty-one pitches in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Yuya Kubo threw sixty-one pitches in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)

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The Giants decided to demote Daisuke Fujimura and Tetsuya Matsumoto due to their struggles at the plate.

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Yuya Kubo tossed a bullpen session at Giants Stadium today and could pitch in a Challenge Match game on March 20.

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Shun Tono tossed a bullpen session today for the first time since he felt some tightness in his right shoulder during his last start against the Hiroshima Carp on March 6.  Tono told reporters he felt a little tightness after the session, but no pain.

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Yoshihito Ishii is currently working his way back from lower back pains at Ni-gun.  He kept his workouts light at Giants Stadium today and told reporters that he was feeling much better and a little more rested.

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Scott Mathieson worked out for about two hours at Giants Stadium today (running, bullpen).  Mathieson will most likely 

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D.J. Houlton's next start will likely be against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome on March 17.

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The Giants would ideally like to go with a five-man rotation pitching on five days of rest up until the start of Inter-league play instead of a six-man rotation pitching on six days of rest.  In other words, have their best pitchers start as many games as possible to put their team as many games above 500 as possible before the start of Inter-league play.

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