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[2/24/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hideki Matsui returned to New York out of Narita Airport on Monday. Source: Sponichi 2/24/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto and Takashi Toritani took extra fielding practice at second and short on Monday. They fielded grounders and worked on making throws to second. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki is set to pitch in a Ni-gun Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • Fumiya Araki missed practices on the 23rd with enteritis. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • The Tigers are interested in Nexxen's thirty-two-year-old closer Seung-Lak Son (KBO) as a possible replacement for Seung-Hwan Oh. The Tigers would like to re-sign Oh, but they are not sure what his plans are after this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015
  • The Tigers are also interested in thirty-year-old pitcher Mario Santiago. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda will start and pitch two innings in an intra-squad game on the 25th. Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Ryuji Ichioka, Allen Kuri, Shota Nakazaki, and Deunte Heath are also set to make appearances in the game. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda is set to toss batting practice on the 25th. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Yusuke Nomura has been using a practice glove during spring camp with a design that makes it look like Mazinger Z. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto will pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015 ... Yamamoto hinted that this might be his last year when he told reporters during a walk on his day off on Monday, "This might be the last of these kinds of things. Not just in terms of this camp, but over thirty-two years." He also said, "Every year I say I'm about ninety percent done," and "No matter how you look at it, this is the end of a chapter. I turn fifty this year. I want to keep things normal because it's going to be the last." Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien is slated to arrive in Japan on March 2. He may not be ready for the active roster until some time in early April. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa and Masanori Ishikawa will most likely get starts during an upcoming two-game exhibition series against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Ogawa will likely start the first game on February 28 and Ishikawa the second game on March 1. The starting line-up, one through nine, for the first game, could be: Tetsuto Yamada at second base, Shingo Kawabata at third, Lastings Milledge at designated hitter, Yuhei in center, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama at first, Yasuhiro Tanaka in left, Keiji Obiki at short, Yuhei Nakamura at catcher, and Tsuyoshi Ueda in right. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015

[2/23/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.24, 2015 @ 7:32 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps had the day off on Monday.
  • Frederich Cepeda worked out for about three hours on his day off on Monday. He is still trying to get over his jet lag. He will most likely play in a practice game against SK (KBO) on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 2/23/2015
  • The Giants held a press conference on Monday to announce that they added Takehiro Donoue to their seventy-man roster. He was assigned the uniform number 91. His new contract is worth an estimated fifteen million yen. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 2/23/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez is slated to play in Tuesday's practice game against Yokohama. He will make the starting line-up at designated hitter and bat bat clean-up. Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Kai Ueda is planning to try his hand at switch-hitting. Ni-gun manager Hideo Furuya made the suggestion because he feels it might help Ueda take better advantage of his speed. Source: Daily Sports 2/23/2015, Sanspo 2/23/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps had the day off on Monday.

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps had the day off on Monday.
  • Takashi Ide will be stepping down as director. The move was approved during a stockholders meeting and board of director meeting on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Monday.

Yakult Swallows

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Monday.
  • Yoshihisa Naruse is slated to start Tuesday's practice game against Hanwha (KBO). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2015

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[2/21/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.22, 2015 @ 6:14 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Miles Mikolas is set to start Sunday's exhibition game against Rakuten. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto will get the start at third and bat sixth in Sunday's Ni-gun practice game against Softbank. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is scheduled to start and pitch about three innings in Sunday's exhibition game against Chunichi. He will most likely make the team as a reliever, but the Tigers are also interested in him as a possible back of the rotation starter. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Mauro Gomez will most likely play in practice game against Yokohama on the 24th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Matt Murton would like about sixty plate appearances before the start of the regular season. He could play in his first game on March 4 against Softbank. Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2015
  • Tsuoyshi Nishioka and Hiroki Uemoto are competing for the everyday job at second base. Yutaka Wada is not in a huge rush to decide which player will be his second baseman this year and feels he does not have to make a final decision until a week or so before the start of the regular season. The loser of the battle could end up competing for a job at third base with Ryota Arai and Ryota Imanari. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015, Sponichi 2/21/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami signed a contract with sportswear maker ONYONE. Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2015, Sponichi 2/21/2015
  • Younger players will most likely be given a chance to win a spot on the active roster during a six-game stretch between February 21 and March 3. The games after that will most likely go to the everyday players. Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroki Kuroda will most likely make starts on five to six days of rest this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Former manager Kenjiro Nomura is attending Red Sox spring training as a visiting instructor for about ten days. Source: Sponichi 2/21/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto is set to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on the 26th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Junki Ito was sent down to Ni-gun camp on Saturday. He was told about the move during practices and continued his workouts at Yomitan Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015

Yakult Swallows

[2/19/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.20, 2015 @ 6:03 am, under NPB
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Yomiuiri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono (right elbow/knee) could play in his first game some time in mid-March. The Softbank (March 11, 12 at YafuOku Dome) or Nippon Ham (March 20, 21 at Tokyo Dome) exhibition games are a possibility. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez could play in a batting practice scrimmage on the 21st. If things are going well, he could play in his first game on the 24th against Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015
  • Takashi Toritani and Tsuyoshi Nishioka took extra fielding practice on Wednesday. Toritani fielded 173 baseballs and at one point gloved twenty-seven straight without an error. Nishioka fielded 182. The session was set to end after the two fielded twenty consecutive baseballs without making an error. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015, Sponichi 2/19/2015, Daily Sports 2/19/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh could pitch in his first exhibition game on March 10 against Hiroshima at Koshien. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015
  • The Tigers will most likely go with Randy Messenger as their opening day pitcher. Shintaro Fujinami was likely scratched as an option since he will be participating in Samurai Japan's Global Baseball Match. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015
  • Fujinami is set to start an exhibition game against Yokohama on the 21st. He will probably pitch in at least two more games before the Global Baseball Match, February 28 against Orix and March 6 against Seibu are possibilities. After that, two more games (possibly March 15 vs Yokohama and once during a three-game series against Orix that begins on the 20th) before the start of the regular season. There is a good chance his first regular season game will come on March 29, the third game of the opening series. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015, Sponichi 2/19/2015, Sanspo 2/19/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars announced on Wednesday that all their home games this season (ten exhibition and 71 regular) will be available at Nico Nico's NPB channel. Source: official announcement

Yakult Swallows

[2/18/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.19, 2015 @ 7:32 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ryuya Matsumoto is currently scheduled to start a Ni-gun pactice game against Lotte (KBO) on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2015
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi is working on a new kind of slider that moves like a cutter. He could throw it during a practice game against Chunichi on the 19th. Source: Chunichi Sports 2/18/2015, Daily Sports 2/18/2015
  • Frederich Cepeda was slated to join Naha camp on the 18th, but his arrival was delayed because of visa issues. Source: ZakZak 2/18/2015 ... Cepeda is currently set to arrive in Japan on the 19th and join the team in Naha on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2015
  • Rakuten senior adviser Senichi Hoshino visited Naha camp on Wednesday. Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are thinking about inviting Hideki Matsui spring camp next year as a special instructor. Source: ZakZak 2/18/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata has so far managed to drop about six kilograms since the start of camp. He currently weighs 93.5 kilograms. Source: Sponichi 2/18/2015
  • Kenshin Kawakami might not be ready for the start of the season because of right shoulder pain. Source: Sponichi 2/18/2015
  • The Gunma Diamond Pegasus (BC League) announced that they hired former Chunichi coach Ken Hirano as a position player coach. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Wednesday.
  • Shun Yamaguchi is slated to pitch in an exhibition game against Hanshin on the 21st and Guillermo Moscoso in a practice game against LG (KBO) on the 26th. Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2015
  • Rakuten senior adviser Senichi Hoshino visited Ginowan camp on Wednesday. Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2015

Yakult Swallows

[2/17/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.18, 2015 @ 7:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camp had the day off on Tuesday.
  • Ryosuke Miyaguni will start Wednesday's practice game against Samsung (KBO). Source: Daily Sports 2/17/2015
  • Tomoyuki Sugano could start an exhibition game against Hiroshima on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroaki Saiuchi and Naoto Nishida were sent down to Ni-gun camp on the 16th. Saiuchi gave up two runs on five hits over two innings against Samsung on the 13th. Nishida went 1-for-9 in three scrimmages/games. Source: Sanspo 2/17/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi will donate 140 game uniforms to the Komzawa University baseball. The uniforms will cost about one million yen. Source: Sponichi 2/17/2015
  • Yutaka Wada experienced some dizziness after waking on the 15th and was examined at a hospital. The media learned on Monday that Wada ended up staying at the hospital over-night as a precaution. He was discharged the following morning. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2015 ... Wada was at camp on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 2/17/2015
  • Ni-gun hitting coach Osamu Hamanaka is out with acute pancreatitis. He is recovering at a hospital in the Kansai region and will probably miss the rest of spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2015
  • A couple of mounds at Ginoza camp were rebuilt with the same kind of mound clay used at MLB stadiums. One mound has a landing area made only of clay. Another has clay blocks buried under clay. The mounds at Koshien could be rebuilt to similar specifications. Mounds at Tokyo Dome and Mazda Stadium have already been converted. Mounds at Jingu Stadium and Kyocera Dome will be redone for the current season. Source: Daily Sports 2/17/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami will be used as a reliever during the Global Baseball Match -- two innings on March 10. The Tigers requested that Fujinami be used early during the two-game series. Source: Sponichi 2/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/17/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camp had the day off on Tuesday.
  • Hiroki Kuroda left Hiroshima for Okinawa on Tuesday. Nearly 200 fans saw him off at the airport. Over in Okinawa, over 300 fans greeted the veteran at Naha Airport. Source: Daily Sports 2/17/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Tuesday.
  • Toshihiro Sugiura is slated to pitch in an exhibition game against Nippon Ham on the 22nd. Source: Sanspo 2/17/2015