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[11/18/2014] Rumors: Chunichi Dragons, Munenori Kawasaki, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.19, 2014 @ 4:27 am, under NPB
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Munenori Kawasaki (33) has a better idea of where he wants to play next year. He still needs a little more time, but is planning to make an announcement soon. A number of teams in Japan have an interest in the infielder, incuding Softbank and Orix. It is possible that he may be nearing a deal with a team in Japan. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are planning to review their initial offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) and make adjustments as necessary. They could re-submit a new offer some time before the end of the month. They want to make sure their offer is solid. They are competing against Nakajima's former team, the Seibu Lions. They could also be competing with a number of other teams, like Orix and Rakuten. Source: Sanspo 11/18/2014

The Tigers are planning to make Chunichi senryokugai Yuto Morikoshi (26) an offer. An announcement could be made on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Chris Capuano (36) told reporters on Monday that he has spoken to two NPB teams. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

Takehiro Donoue (29) passed his tryout with the Yomiuri Giants. The Giants are planning to sign Donoue to an Ikusei contract. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2014 ... The Giants held a press conference on Tuesday to introduce Donoue. He was signed to an Ikusei contract and given the number 014. Source: official announcement

The Chunichi Dragons officially announced the additions of Tomoya Yagi (31) and Kyohei Kamezawa (26) on Tuesday. Source: official announcement

The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to make offers to Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26) and Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24). Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014

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[11/14/2014] Rumors: Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Seibu Lions

by on Nov.15, 2014 @ 2:33 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants held a press conference on Friday to announce their addition of Chunichi senryokugai Daiki Yoshikawa (22). He was assigned the number sixty-eight. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014 ... Yoshikawa agreed to a deal worth an estimated 5.5 million yen. He is slated to join fall camp at Giants Stadium on Saturday (11/15). Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

The Giants are planning to give Chunichi senryokugai Takehiro Donoue (29) a tryout. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

The Giants are not planning to offer Jose Lopez (30) a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

Hanshin's Seung-Hwan Oh (32) does not see the NPB as the endpoint of his career. He believes he should head to the Majors if such a path becomes available to him after pitching well next season. Oh will be in the final year of a two-year deal next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/14/2014, Sponichi 11/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi joined Chunichi fall camp on Thursday. He is scheduled to practice with the team until the end of camp on the 20th. He is expected to sign a contract with Chunichi within the next few days. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

The Rakuten Eagles signed Hiroshima senryokugai Tomohiro Umetsu (31) to an Ikusei contract. Source: official announcement ... Umetsu agreed to a deal worth an estimated six million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

The Seibu Lions are expected to reach out of Hiroyuki Nakajima a second time to resume contract negotiations. Their initial offer may have been four years at over one billion yen. Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2014 ... According to ZakZak, Nakajima wants to play in the United States next year, even if it means signing a minor league deal and starting the season at Double-A. Source: ZakZak 11/14/2014 ... The Lions may have offered Nakajima a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.2 billion yen, or about 280 million yen plus incentives per season. The Tigers may be decided to extend their initial three-year proposal to four years. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

The Orix Buffaloes announced that signed Chunichi senryokugai Daisuke Tanaka (29). Source: official announcement

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[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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Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: February 16, 2013

by on Feb.17, 2013 @ 1:18 am, under NPB
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Mike Schultz (tryout) is scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game on the 20th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/16/2013

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Tomoya Yagi forgot his uniform on Saturday and borrowed one from Shun Tono.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/16/2013

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Mamoru Kishida is moving to the starting rotation.  In preparation for the increased workload, he has been averaging about 100 pitches in the bullpen during spring camp.  His goal is to reach 2,000 total pitches before the end of spring camp.

Kishida's last regular season start came on May 3, 2010 vs Softbank.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/16/2013

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Nippon Ham and Orix in two for three swap: Itoi, Yagi for Kisanuki, Obiki, and Akada

by on Jan.23, 2013 @ 3:54 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters and Orix Buffaloes have pulled off a two for three swap.

Heading to the Buffaloes: Yoshio Itoi (31), Tomoya Yagi (29)

Heading to the Fighters: Hiroshi Kisanuki (32), Keiji Obiki (28), Shogo Akada (32)

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2013, Daily Sports 1/23/2013, Sports Hochi 1/23/2013, Sponichi 1/23/2013, official announcement (Orix), official announcement (Nippon Ham)

Nippon Ham Fighters: March 15, 2012

by on Mar.15, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Thursday

  • Yuki Saito threw sixty-eight pitches in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)

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Tomoya Yagi could end up joining Masaru Takeda, Bobby Keppel, Brian Wolfe, and Yuki Saito as starters in the rotation.

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The Fighters announced today that they will allow rocket balloons at home games this season -- stores at the stadium will begin selling balloons and balloon pumps on March 30.

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Practice Games from February 22, 2012

by on Feb.22, 2012 @ 10:57 pm, under NPB
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[Post will be updated as needed - LAST UPDATE 2/24 @ 2:38am]

Hanshin Tigers vs Rakuten Eagles (@ Ginoza)

Eagles 2 - Tigers 1

  • Keiji Uezono started the game for the Eagles and tossed three shutout innings while allowing three hits.  He topped out at 141km/h. [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]
  • Kenji Tomura entered the game in the 4th inning allowed one run on four hits over two innings of work. [Sports Hochi]
  • Koji Aoyama entered the game in the 8th inning and tossed two shutout innings while allowing one hit. [Daily Sports]
  • Hiroyuki Kobayashi started the game for the Tigers and allowed two runs on four hits over three innings of work. Kobayashi ran into problems right away, giving up consecutive hits to Ryo Hijirisawa and Teppei.  A walk and a wild pitch later, the Tigers were down 1-0.  He settled down after that and avoided allowing any additional runs from scoring in the 1st.  He topped out at 140km/h.  This was Kobyashi's first start since 9/30/2009. [Daily Sports, Sanspo, Sanspo]
  • Yuya Ando relieved Kobayashi and tossed two shutout innings while allowing one hit.  He also struck out two, topped out at 144km/h, and threw thirty-three pitches. [Daily Sports, Sanspo]
  • Teppei (RAK) started in left and batted second.  He went 2-for-3: single to left in the 1st inning and a single to right in the 5th inning. [Sports Hochi]
  • With the Eagles up by one and a runner on third and one out in the 2nd inning, Kensuke Uchimura (RAK) hit an RBI single to right off Hiroyuki Kobayashi. [Daily Sports]
  • 4th round draft pick Takero Okajima (RAK) entered the game as a catcher in the 6th inning. [Sanspo]
  • Akihisa Makida (RAK) batted clean-up and struck out swinging with the bases loaded and no out in the 1st inning.  He went 0-for-3. [Nikkan Sports, Sanspo]
  • Yusuke Kosai (RAK) went 1-for-3. [Nikkan Sports]
  • 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito (HAN) started in center and batted first.  He went 0-for-5. [Nikkan Sports]
  • Yamato (HAN) started at short and batted second.  He collected a single to left in the 1st inning and a single to center in the 3rd.  [Sanspo]
  • Matt Murton (HAN) as the starting DH and batted third.  He went hitless in two trips to the plate. [Sanspo]
  • Masahiro Nakatani (HAN) batted fourth and went 0-for-3: fly out to short, fly out to right, strikeout swinging. [Sanspo]
  • Issei Morita (HAN) started at first and batted fifth.  He went 2-for-3 with a walk. [Sanspo]
  • Taichi Okazaki (HAN) was responsible for the Tigers lone run: with runners on first and second and two out in the fourth inning, he hit an RBI single to left. [Daily Sports]
  • The Tigers had a chance to win the game in the 9th when they loaded the bases with one out.  But neither Hiroki Uemoto (foul out to third) nor 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito (ground out to second) could get the job done. [Sanspo]

Nippon Ham Fighters vs SK Wyverns (@ Nago)

Wyverns 2 - Fighters 1

Fighters official coverage

  • Tomoya Yagi entered the game in the 6th inning tossed three shutout innings while allowing one hit. [Sanspo]
  • Sho Nakata showed off a strong arm in the 1st inning when he bare-handed a ball that carried over his head and bounced back to him and fired it back to second to get the batter-runner out.  One out later, with a runner on first, Yohio Itoi fielded a single to right and threw the runner that was at first, out at third. [Sanspo]
  • Nakata collected two hits to center. [Nikkan Sports]
  • 7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Terrmel Sledge in the 6th inning and went 0-for-2: ground out to third, strikeout looking. [Nikkan Sports]

Yomiuri Giants vs LG Twins (@ Okinawa Cellular)

Giants 6 - Twins 4

  • Tetsuya Utsumi started the game and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits over three innings of work.  He also struck out three, walked one, and faced the minimum over the first two innings (six batters) before giving up all three runs in 3rd inning (two of which came on two-run homer).  Ikusei pitcher Kyohei Odachi entered the game in the 7th and did not allow a run or a hit over two innings of work.  He also struck out four and topped out at 143km/h. [Daily Sports, Daily Sports, Sanspo, Sanspo, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi, Sponichi, Sponichi]
  • With the Giants down 3-2 in the 5th inning with a runner on second and two out, John Bowker entered the game as a pinch-hitter and hit an RBI single to right. [Sanspo]
  • Tetsuya Matsumoto started in center and batted second.  He went 3-for-4 with one double and two stolen bases.  Taishi Ota started in left and batted seventh.  He went 2-for-3 with one stolen base: single to right in the 6th inning and a single to right in the 8th inning.  Ota also reached on an error in the 2nd inning and stole second. [Sanspo, Sponichi, Sponichi]
  • Yoshihito Ishii started at first and batted fifth.  He went 2-for-3 with three RBI: two-run single to center with runners on second and third and two out in the 1st inning; RBI double with the score tied at four and a runner on third and two out in the 7th inning. [Sanspo, Nikkan Sports]

Yakult Swallows vs Hanwha Eagles (@ Urasoe)

Swallows 12 - Eagles 1

Swallows official coverage

  • The Swallows offense scored eleven runs on fourteen hits.
  • Ryo Hidaka started the game and gave up a run on one hit and a walk over four innings.  He also struck out two.
  • Tony Barnette tossed a shutout inning in relief -- he retired the side in order and struck out two.
  • Yasushi Iihara went 3-for-4 with two RBI.  Yuhei went 2-for-3 with a solo homer an two RBI. Tsuyoshi Ueda went 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Keisuke Mizuta went 2-for-2 with two RBI. [Sponichi]
  • Tetsuto Yamada started at short and batted eighth.  He went 2-for-4 with three runs scored: single to right, single to left.  Yamada came around to score after both hits. [Sanspo]

Chunichi Dragons vs KIA Tigers (@ Chatan)

Dragons 3 - Tigers 2

Dragons official coverage

  • The Dragons scored three runs on nine hits. [Sanspo]
  • Yohei Oshima started in center and batted first.  He collected three hits, one RBI, and one stolen base. [Sports Hochi Osaka]

Ni-gun Hanshin Tigers vs Kochi Fighting Dogs (@ Aki, Kochi)

Tigers 4 - Fighting Dogs 4

  • Former Hanshin Tigers' chief trainer Tadao Saruki threw out the ceremonial first pitch. [Sanspo]
  • Shinta Hifumi was the starting DH and batted sixth.  He went 2-for-4: infield hit in the 2nd inning and a single to right in the 8th inning. [Sanspo, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

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Chiba Lotte Marines Intra-squad Game

Reds 7 - Whites 0

  • Seth Greisinger was one of the starters and tossed two shutout innings while allowing two hits.  He threw the ball at about 85%. [Sanspo, Sponichi]
  • Yoshihisa Naruse was the other starter and gave up five runs on seven hits over three innings of work.  He also topped out at 138km/h. [Sponichi]
  • Carlos Rosa entered the game in the 7th for the Reds and topped out at 153km/h. [Nikkan Sports]
  • Yoshifumi Okada made a nice diving catch on a fly ball/liner to shallow left-center in he 2nd inning with one out and a runner on first. [Sanspo]
  • Takeshi Kanazawa collected four hits.  Masahiko Tanaka hit a homer to left off Hayden Penn. [Sanspo]
  • With one on and two out in the 2nd inning, Masato Watanabe hit a homer to left off Yoshihisa Naruse. [Nikkan Sports]
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Nippon Ham Fighters: February 5, 2012

by on Feb.05, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Saturday

  • Sho Nakata swung the bat fifty-two times and hit ten over the fence. (Nikkan Sports)

Sunday

  • Yuki Saito threw 128 pitches.  He also mixed in his off-speed pitches. (Sports Hochi)
  • Naoki Miyanishi threw sixty-four pitches. (Sanspo)

Saturday

  • Tomoya Yagi threw 105 pitches.  It was his second bullpen since the start of spring camp. (Sports Hochi)
  • Kazuhito Tadano threw 169 pitches.  It was his second session since the start of spring camp. (Sponichi)

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Today was the end of the first block of spring camp for the Fighters.  The team has the day off tomorrow.

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The Fighters held a youth baseball clinic after practices today.  Eleven players coached 228 kids from fifteen different teams.

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Keisuke Tanaka was seen using a slightly larger glove during fielding practice today.

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Eiichi Koyano rejoined the team for general practices today (returning from the flu).

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Yuki Saito originally planned to toss about fifty pitches during his bullpen session today.  After general practices, he did about fifteen minutes of running along the coast.

Saito is currently scheduled to toss batting practice on February 7.

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Pitching coach Masato Yoshii was not thrilled at how many pitches Kazuhito Tadano threw and how he went forty minutes over the limit on Saturday.

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Koyano, Yagi, Otsuka, Takaguchi, Tagami workout at Soka Univ

by on Jan.03, 2011 @ 10:50 pm, under NPB
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Eiichi Koyano (HAM), Tomoya Yagi (HAM), Yutaka Otsuka (HAM), Takayuki Takaguchi (LOT), and Kenichi Tagami (HAN) worked out (fielding practice, soft toss, and weight training) at the Soka University training facilities today.  All five players are graduates of Soka University.

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