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[2/4/2014] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Feb.05, 2014 @ 4:08 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Tomoyuki Sugano Bullpen 2/4 51 Hideki Matsui stood in the batter's box.  Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014
Ryosuke Miyaguni Bullpen 2/4 104 Squatting catcher; including curve, fork, shuto, slider; first session over 100 pitches.  Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014
Tetsuya Utsumi Bullpen 2/3 87 Sanspo 2/4/2014
Toshiya Sugiuchi Bullpen 2/3 81 Sanspo 2/4/2014

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Tuesday was the last day of the first block of spring camp. ... A number of players, including 1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi, Daisuke Fujimura, Masaki Sakaguchi, and Itaru Hashimoto, participated in early morning batting practice.  The session lasted about forty minutes.  Players worked on bunts, slash bunts, and hitting the ball to the right side of the field.

Source: Daily Sports 2/4/2014

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Ryosuke Miyaguni tossed batting practice to Taishi Ota on Monday.  Miyaguni threw forty-six pitches and allowed eight could-be hits.  Hideki Matsui has been working with both players during spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014, Sponichi 2/4/2014

Matsui threw eighty-six pitches to Ota after general workouts on Tuesday.  Ota hit ten over the fence and broke two bats.

Source: Sponichi 2/4/2014

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Field Turf Classis HD will be installed at Tokyo Dome.  The last installation took place in March 2007.  The turf will be replaced between March 7 and 18.  The new turf should be ready for the exhibition game on March 21.  It will cost about 300 million yen to install the new turf.

Source: Daily Sports 2/4/2014

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[10/4/2013] Injury Updates: Ota, Lopez (YOM), Eldred (HIR), Mima (RAK), Naruse (LOT)

by on Oct.04, 2013 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Taishi Ota suffered scrapes on his elbows and knees when he fell off his bicycle while riding to practices today.

Source: Sanspo 10/4/2013

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Jose Lopez was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 5th of Thursday's game against Yakult because of discomfort in his left side.

Source: Sponichi 10/3/2013

Lopez worked out at Giants Stadium today.  There was some concern about his left side because he missed some time in June with a similar injury, but it appears his condition is not serious.  He is not expected to miss the Climax Series.

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Brad Eldred (acute gastroenteritis) attended practices at Mazda Stadium today.  He told reporters he was feeling better, but not yet quite at one hundred percent.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Manabu Mima was pulled partway through tonight's game against the Seibu Lions with discomfort in his right elbow -- he left after throwing two pitches to Takumi Kuriyama, with runners on first and third and one out in the 3rd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2013

Senichi Hoshino was disappointed at the news because he found out the elbow was giving Mima problems even before the coaches noticed something wrong with him from the dugout.

Source: Sponichi 10/4/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshihisa Naruse (left shoulder) joined Ichi-gun workouts at QVC Marine today.  He could pitch in the last game of the regular season on the 8th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2013

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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: March 25, 2013

by on Mar.25, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Hayato Sakamoto ended workouts early today after he started feeling tightness in his lower back during warm-ups.  It does not appear to be serious.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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The opening day starting rotation will likely be: Ryosuke Miyaguni, 1st round draft pick Tomoyuki SuganoTetsuya UtsumiHirokazu SawamuraToshiya Sugiuchi, and Dennis Houlton.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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Hisayoshi Chono showed up for early batting practice on Sunday and also worked with Tatsunori Hara on his swing.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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Taishi Ota and Itaru Hashimoto will likely make the opening day Ichi-gun roster.  Shigeyuki FurukiYoshitomo Tani, and Satoshi Fukuda will likely begin the year at Ni-gun.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013Sponichi 3/25/2013

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Former chief trainer Hirohisa Hagiwara died of lung cancer at 8:56am on Saturday.  He was sixty-eight.  Hagiwara was a part of the organization between 1978 and 2005.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: February 9, 2013

by on Feb.09, 2013 @ 11:14 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Friday

  • Shinnosuke Abe: twenty-five pitches, did not swing at ten pitches (mostly on the outside corners)
  • Michihiro Ogasawara: sixty-nine swings, thirty-seven could-be hits, only eight baseballs were hit toward left

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013, Sponichi 2/9/2013

Today

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi: bullpen, seventy-seven pitches
  • Dennis Houlton: bullpen, thirty-five pitches, squatting catcher, second session in as many days

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013, Sanspo 2/9/2013

Friday

  • Kentaro Nishimura: batting practice, faced Kenji Yano and Yoshihito Ishii, fifty-two pitches, all fastballs

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Shuichi Murata hurt his right middle finger during fielding practice today and was taken to the hospital.  There were no problems with his bones, but he did have a broken fingernail.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013

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Dennis Houlton complained of back tightness on the 2nd but is now feeling much better.  He told reporters he was at about seventy-five percent.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Hayato Sakamoto joined the main group for workouts today.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Taishi Ota went to the hospital on Thursday night because of a fever.  His test for the flu virus came back negative.  He visited the hospital again on Friday and worked out separately from the main group.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Michihiro Ogasawara is using a training bat weighs 1.1 kilograms and is ninety-seven centimeters long.

Source: Sponichi 2/9/2013

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1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano's parents have been visiting spring camp every year, mostly to show their support for Tatsunori Hara.  They were at camp on Friday for their son.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Owner Kojiro Shiraishi and Sansankai chairman Fujio Mitarai (Canon chairman and president) visited Miyazaki camp on Friday.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013, Sponichi 2/9/2013

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Samurai Japan manager Koji Yamamoto was at Giants' camp today.  He watched Tetsuya Utsumi, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, and Hirokazu Sawamura toss batting practice and Toshiya Sugiuchi throw in the bullpen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: February 5, 2013

by on Feb.05, 2013 @ 11:45 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Shinnosuke Abe: vs Tetsuya Utsumi, twenty-two pitches, four could-be hits
  • Shuichi Murata: vs Tetsuya Utsumi, twenty-two pitches, three could-be hits, one over the fence

Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2013

Monday

  • Shuichi Murata: forty-eight (or forty-four or fifty-three depending on the report) swings, nine over the fence, including three in a row at one point
  • Daisuke Nakai: fifty swings, six over the fence

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2013, Sports Hochi 2/5/2013, Sponichi 2/5/2013, Sponichi 2/5/2013

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano: bullpen, seventy-six pitches, including off-speed pitches, third bullpen since the start of spring camp
  • Tetsuya Utsumi: BP, faced Shinnosuke Abe and Shuichi Murata, forty-four pitches, all fastballs

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013

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Tatsunori Hara is intrigued by the idea of batting Taishi Ota first in the order.

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2013

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During pitcher fielding drills on Monday (first and third baseman stay put at first and third forcing the pitcher to come off the mound to field the ball and make throws to either first and third), most pitchers were averaging about 0.41 seconds, from the moment they fielded the ball to the moment they threw it.  Ryosuke Miyaguni was, on average, about 0.25 seconds faster.

"Before getting into position, I turn the inner portion of my right leg toward the direction I want to go. ... Once the direction of my leg is set, before I field the ball, I quickly check fielding positions.  I think about how quickly the fielders are moving toward the bag and where they are when I throw the ball," said Miyaguni.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013

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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: February 26, 2012

by on Feb.27, 2012 @ 1:40 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Sunday

  • Ryosuke Miyaguni threw thirty pitches in the bullpen. (Sanspo)  Or forty pitches. (Nikkan Sports)

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Tatsunori Hara spent about an hour working with Taishi Ota on his hitting today.  He also personally threw him ninety-three pitches.

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With the exhibition game against the Chiba Lotte Marines canceled due to the rain, Takayuki Takaguchi ran onto the field, introduced himself as a player that arrived from the Chiba Lotte Marines, and proceeded to run and slide across the tarp on the field.  Kenji Yano and Chiba Lotte Marine Shota Ishimine also joined in.

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Hirokazu Sawamura was scheduled to start Sunday's exhibition game against the Chiba Lotte Marines but the rain out pushed his outing to Monday (practice game vs SK Wyverns).

Ryosuke Miyaguni is also scheduled to pitch on Monday.

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General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi told reporters on Saturday that at this point, Shun Tono will likely make the starting rotation.

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Yomiuri Giants: February 9, 2012

by on Feb.09, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Wednesday

  • Shinnosuke Abe and Shuichi Murata spent over an hour taking extra BP.  Abe swung the bat 260 time and hit none over the fence; Murata swung the bat 286 times and hit seven over the fence. (Sanspo)
  • Taishi Ota took fourteen swings against Daisuke Ochi and collected three could-be hits, including a homer to left.  He also hit ten baseballs toward right. (Sponichi)

Thursday

  • Scott Mathieson threw sixty pitches in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi threw seventy pitches in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Ryosuke Miyaguni faced Michihiro Ogasawara and Hayato Sakamoto during batting practice and threw fifty pitches. (Nikkan Sports)

Wednesday

  • D.J. Houlton threw eighty-four pitches.  Shinnosuke Abe caught session. (Sponichi)

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Today was the last day of the second block of spring camp for the Ichi-gun Giants.  The team has the day off tomorrow.

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Team owner Kojiro Shiraishi and team president Tsunekazu Momoi observed Ichi-gun camp in Miyazaki today.

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The Giants had players work on bunts during situational BP today.  Both Shinnosuke Abe and Shuichi Murata were also asked to drop down bunts.

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Toshiya Sugiuchi was originally planing to throw about 120 pitches during his bullpen session today but stopped at seventy because he was feeling tired.

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Taishi Ota stayed back for extra hitting and extra fielding practice (center field) after general workouts today (about an hour each).

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The Giants worked on the following play during infield drills on Wednesday (battery coach Shinji Hata's suggestion): runners on second and third, two outs; batter hits a grounder to short or second and makes a bad throw to first; catcher backs-up the play, third baseman or pitcher moves over to home plate.  The runner on third will likely score, but this play is more about making sure the second runner does not cross the plate.

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According to Sanspo, Tatsunori Hara could be planning to pick his opening day starter some time around March 4.

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Yomiuri Giants: Feburary 2, 2012

by on Feb.02, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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The Giants started their workouts indoors today because of strong wind and cold temperature.

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Shuichi Murata is going with the high sock look.

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Tatsunori Hara spent about five minutes giving Taishi Ota tips on hitting while watching Murata take BP on Wednesday (Hara was using Murata as a reference model).

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Shinnosuke Abe caught Ryosuke Miyaguni's bullpen session on Wednesday.

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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Wednesday

  • John Bowker took fifty-two swings and hit two over the fence. (Sanspo)
  • Shuichi Murata took forty-seven swings and hit none over the fence. (Sanspo)

Thursday

Wednesday

  • At around 12:06pm on Wednesday, Toshiya Sugiuchi began his bullpen session. Fifteen TV cameras and twenty photographers covered the session. And of the eighty pitches he threw, twenty-one were sliders. And as mentioned yesterday, he really only meant to throw about fifty pitches. (Sanspo)
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Yomiuri Giants: Feburary 1, 2012

by on Feb.01, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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The Giants prayed for a successful season at a nearby shrine before practices this morning.

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Taishi Ota closed out his workouts with about 30 minutes of fielding practice in center.  Ota also hit one ball over the fence during BP.

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If there is time, Tatsunori Hara plans to put Shuichi Murata through one of his personal fielding drills during spring camp.

Murata spoke to reporters before practice today and said that he went to sleep at 11pm last night and got a night's sleep.

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Yoshinobu Takahashi told reporters on Tuesday that he was no longer sick.  Takashi missed two of the four days of early training camp due to a nose/throat cold.

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Takahiko Nomaguchi was named leader of the Ni-gun pitching staff during spring camp.

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Batting practice:

John Bowker hit two balls over the fence.

Bullpen sessions:

Wednesday

Tetsuya Utsumi threw 81 pitches.

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Toshiya Sugiuchi threw 70 pitches.

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1st round draft pick Ryuya Matsumoto threw 40 pitches to standing catcher.

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