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[3/23/2016] Yakult Swallows 2016 Opening Day Roster

by on Mar.24, 2016 @ 11:16 am, under NPB, Roster Updates
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Uni Pos Name JPN Name ENG
13 P L.ペレス Perez, Luis
14 P 秋吉 亮 Akiyoshi, Ryo
18 P 杉浦 稔大 Sugiura, Toshihiro
19 P 石川 雅規 Ishikawa, Masanori
26 P 久古 健太郎 Kyuko, Kentaro
29 P 小川 泰弘 Ogawa, Yasuhiro
40 P 古野 正人 Furuno, Masato
53 P J.ルーキ Lueke, Josh
58 P L.オンドルセク Ondrusek, Logan
62 P 徳山 武陽 Tokuyama, Takeaki
30 C 西田 明央 Nishida, Akihisa
52 C 中村 悠平 Nakamura, Yuhei
1 INF 山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto
2 INF 大引 啓次 Obiki, Keiji
3 INF 西浦 直亨 Nishiura, Naomichi
5 INF 川端 慎吾 Kawabata, Shingo
7 INF 田中 浩康 Tanaka, Hiroyasu
10 INF 森岡 良介 Morioka, Ryosuke
24 INF 荒木 貴裕 Araki, Takahiro
33 INF 畠山 和洋 Hatakeyama, Kazuhiro
59 INF 今浪 隆博 Imanami, Takahiro
0 OF 比屋根 渉 Hiyane, Wataru
41 OF 雄平 Takai, Yuhei
42 OF 坂口 智隆 Sakaguchi, Tomotaka
50 OF 上田 剛史 Ueda, Tsuyoshi
91 OF 鵜久森 淳志 Ugumori, Atsushi

26 players

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[3/24/2016] Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Mar.24, 2016 @ 3:20 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshihisa Naruse started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on March 23. He gave up five runs on nine hits (including a three-run home run to Tomo Otosaka) over six innings of work. Source: Sanspo 3/23/2016
  • The Swallows are planning to go with Logan Ondrusek as their closer. Source: Sanspo 3/23/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers visited Hirota Shrine in Nishinomiya on March 23 to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 3/23/2016
  • Shintaro Fujinami pitched three shutout innings in relief against the Shikoku Island League's Kagawa Olive Guyners on March 23. He gave up a hit and walked/hit three. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2016
  • Kosuke Fukudome will be the primary clean-up hitter for the time being. If he falters, Mauro Gomez will get a shot. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2016
  • Takumi Akiyama and Yuta Iwasada are competing for the sixth spot in the starting rotation. Source: Sanspo 3/23/2016
  • Yuto Morikoshi (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Mie on March 18. Source: Sanspo 3/23/2016
  • Former Tiger Taiyo Fujita joined the Roki Techno Baseball Club (Industrial League). He started an exhibition game against Fuji University on March 21 and tossed two shutout innings and allowed two hits. He topped out at 138km/h and struck out three. Source: Sponichi 3/23/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • Bradin Hagens and Jason Pridie will start the season at Ni-gun. Source: Daily Sports 3/23/2016
  • Yusuke Nomura started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on March 22. He gave up three runs (one earned) on seven hits over eight innings of work. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/22/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons visited Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya on March 23 to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 3/23/2016
  • Dayan Viciedo returned to Japan on March 20. He played in team's last exhibition game of the year on March 21 against Lotte. He is scheduled to play in two Ni-gun games against Hiroshima (March 22 and 22) before opening day. Source: Tokyo Sports 3/21/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Shota Imanaga started a Ni-gun game against Yakult on March 23 and tossed three shutout innings. He threw forty-eight pitches and allowed one hit. Source: Sanspo 3/23/2016
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[3/4/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons

by on Mar.05, 2016 @ 3:17 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The first five pitchers in the starting rotation could be: Yasuhiro Ogawa, Masanori Ishikawa, Shohei Tateyama, Kyle Davies, and Toshihiro Sugiura. Source: Sports Hochi 3/4/2016
  • A real estate agency in Tokyo is promising to give away one house to anyone that hits their advertisement at Jingu Stadium. There is a catch: the ad is about 200 meters away from home plate. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/4/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • There were discussions about giving Scott Mathieson a shot at the starting rotation this year, but it now seems the Giants want to use him out of the bullpen because they value him more as a reliever. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/4/2016
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi is thinking about using first round draft pick Toshiki Sakurai in the starting rotation at least until Miles Mikolas is ready. Source: Sanspo 3/4/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • Nelson Perez went 2-for-3 with three RBI during a Kyoiku League game against Orix on March 3. Source: Sanpso 3/4/2016
  • First round draft pick Shun Takayama tested three bats weighing different amounts (880 grams, 890 grams, and 900 grams) during rookie workouts in January. He narrowed his options down to the 880 gram bat during spring camp. Source: Sponichi 3/3/2016
  • Probable starters for the first two series of the season: against Yomiuri at Kyocera Dome: Randy Messenger, Minoru Iwata, Kyuji Fujikawa; against Yakult at Jingu Stadium: Shintaro Fujinami, Atsushi Nomi, and another pitcher. Source: Sanspo 3/3/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on March 4. He faced twelve hitters, threw thirty-seven pitches, allowed two could-be hits, walked two, and struck out one. He topped out at 141km/h. Source: Tokyo Sports 3/4/2016
  • Masahiro Yamamoto signed a one-day contract with Chunichi and was assigned the uniform number 0. The organization has scheduled a retirement game for Yamamoto on March 5 (vs Yakult at Nagoya Dome). Source: Daily Sports 3/4/2016, Sponichi 3/4/2016 ... He will start the game on March 5 and face one hitter. Source: Sports Hochi 3/4/2016
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[3/2/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Mar.03, 2016 @ 1:59 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Jingu Stadium spent about four million yen to install air conditioning units in the bullpen waiting areas on the first and third base sides. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2016

Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers prayed for a successful season at Nishinomiya Shrine on March 2. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2016
  • Pitching coach Isao Koda would like Kyuji Fujikawa to be at around six innings and eighty pitches by the start of the regular season. Source: Sanspo 3/2/2016
  • The organization might be willing to send the team overseas for spring camp next year, but only if they win a championship. Possible locations include Florida, Arizona, and Hawaii. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2016
  • Sanspo Tigers' Promise: If the Ni-gun team makes the Sanspo front page three times during the season, Masayuki Kakefu will get a one-year supply of Aojiru (a type of vegetable drink). If the Ni-gun team fails to make the front page three times, Kakefu will give one Sanspo reader a game-worn autographed uniform. Source: Sanspo 3/2/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kris Johnson is set to get the opening day start on March 25 against Yokohama. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2016, Sponichi 3/2/2016, Daily Sports 3/2/2016
  • Hiroki Kuroda tossed batting practice at Mazda Stadium on March 2. He pitched three innings, faced fourteen hitters (combination of Batista, Mejia, and Naoki Nakahigashi), threw fifty pitches (four hitters and fifteen pitches; five hitters and ninteen pitches; five hitters and sixteen pitches), allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out two. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2016
  • The players wamted a harder field at Mazda Stadium because things would often get messy when it rained. Grounds crew spent about a year testing different mixtures of dirt and sand. They discovered an effective combination and the entire field was redone during the off-season. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2016
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[3/1/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Mar.02, 2016 @ 3:30 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows prayed for a successful season at Meiji Jingu on March 1. Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2016
  • First round draft pick Juri Hara could make his Ichi-gun regular season debut on March 31 against Hanshin at Jingu Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe's position was changed from infielder to catcher on March 1. Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tomoaki Kanemoto expects younger players to hold extra training sessions until about the second week of March. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2016
  • Second round draft pick Seishiro Sakamoto, Nelson Perez, and Masahiro Nakatani were reassigned to Ni-gun. Yuta Iwasada (left shoulder tightness) and Suguru Iwazaki (back tightness) will rehab at the Naruohama facilities. Yuya Ando, Kosuke Fukudome, and Matt Hague were reassigned to Ichi-gun. Fukudome, Mauro Gomez, and Takashi Toritani will remain in Kansai when the Ichi-gun team travels to Fukuoka for two games against Softbank (March 3 and 4). Source: Sanspo 3/1/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is preparing to play a number of positions other than left (for emergency purposes): first, third, and right. He spent most of his first three seasons at first and third and played some right in 2012. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
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[2/29/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Mar.01, 2016 @ 3:49 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa will most likely get the opening day start. Source: Sanspo 2/28/2016 ... Masanori Ishikawa is slated to start the second game of the season. Source: Sanspo 2/28/2016

Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers closed out Ginoza camp on February 29. They drew 113,100 fans this year, up 45,300 from last year. Source: Daily Sports 2/29/2016, Daily Sports 2/29/2016
  • First round draft pick Shun Takayama took fielding practice at third base on February 26. When Takayama first started playing baseball, it was a short. He was converted to the outfield during his first year in high school. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2016 ... Takayama committed three errors in twenty-one chances during fielding practice on February 26. Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2016, Daily Sports 2/27/2016
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto is thinking about adding Ikusei Fumihito Haraguchi to the seventy-man roster. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2016
  • Kyuji Fujikawa told Kanemoto during spring camp that he is not confident about pitching on consecutive days without rest. Source: ZakZak 2/27/2016

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

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[2/26/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.27, 2016 @ 3:41 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Senior director Junji Ogawa and deputy director of international scouting Masayuki Okumura are in Cuba checking on talent. Source: Sanspo 2/26/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • Hugo Kanabushi, Jun Hasegawa, and Yohei Yajima were called up to Ni-gun camp. Keigo Tahara and Shinpei Shinohara were sent down to San-gun camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2016
  • Former Giant John Bowker reached an agreement with the BC League's Fukushima Hopes. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger is scheduled to pitch two innings against Samsung (KBO) on February 27. Shintaro Fujinami is set to pitch four innings in an intra-squad game on February 28. Both pitchers are candidates to start the opening day game. Messenger could be the front-runner because the Tigers are still concerned about pushing Fujinami too hard (he is coming off inflammation in his right shoulder). Source: Sponichi 2/26/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • General practices at Ginowan camp ended on February 26. Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2016
  • Alex Ramirez named Hyuma Matsui and first round draft pick Shota Imanaga his spring camp MVPs (Matsui for non-pitchers and Imanaga for pitchers). Source: Sponichi 2/26/2016
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[2/25/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.26, 2016 @ 4:56 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows closed out Urasoe camp on February 25. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2016
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa and Masanori Ishikawa are the top two candidates for the opening day start. They will be tested during their next outings: Ogawa on February 27 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome and Ishikawa on February 28 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. The opening series is against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2016
  • Shohei Tateyama is scheduled to pitch in a Kyoiku League game on March 2 against Lotte. His first regular season start could come during the home opening series at Jingu Stadium that begins on March 29 against Hanshin. Source: Sanspo 2/25/2016

Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Matt Hague is planning to review film of pitchers from other teams as he continues his training/rehab at the Naruohama facilities. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2016
  • The Ni-gun Tigers closed out Aki camp on February 24. Practices will resume at the Naruohama facilities on February 26. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2016
  • Sanspo Tigers' promise: Akifumi Takahashi promises to record forty-one strikeouts this season (the same as his uniform number). If he succeeds, Sanspo will write a full report on his family's Japanese sweets store. If he fails, he will present Sanspo readers with his favorite Japanese sweets. Source: Sanspo 2/25/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons could go with the following six pitchers as their main exhibition game starters: left-handed pitchers Yudai Ono, Jordan Norberto, and Tatsuro Hamada, and right-handed pitchers Daisuke Yamai, Shunta Wakamatsu, and Drew Naylor. Other starting rotation candidates, like Yudai Kawai, Tomoya Yagi, Junki Ito, and Ryosuke Oguma, could get to pitch in Kyoiku League or Ni-gun games. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

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[2/19/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.20, 2016 @ 1:52 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows could go with three foreign relievers (Logan Ondrusek, Josh Lueke, Luis Perez) on the active roster at one time. Source: Sanspo 2/18/2016
  • SSK's Multi Speed Tester 2 measured Wladimir Balentien's swing speed at 158km/h. Source: Sponichi 2/17/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo and pitching coach Hiroshi Gondo visited the Swallows on February 17. Source: Sponichi 2/18/2016

Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tomoaki Kanemoto would like to see Mauro Gomez hit at least forty-one home runs this season. Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2016, Daily Sports 2/18/2016, Sanspo 2/18/2016 ... Gomez is using a lighter bat this season, from 32 onces to 31.5 ounces. Source: Sanspo 2/18/2016
  • Sanspo Tigers' Promise: Randy Messenger promised to hit two home runs this season. If he succeeds, he wants a Gogatsu Ningyo (a traditional ornamental doll displayed on Boys' Day in May). If he fails, he will give Sanspo readers some candid photos. Source: Sanspo 2/18/2016
  • Opening day tickets (March 25, against Chunichi, at Kyocera Dome) sold out in about an hour. Tickets to the rest of the series are also selling extremely well. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • First round draft pick Akitake Okada is set to pitch two innings in relief during an exhibition game against Yomiuri on February 21. Source: Daily Sports 2/19/2016
  • The Carp closed out Nichinan camp on February 18. Okinawa camp begins on February 20. Source: Daily Sports 2/18/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hitoki Iwase, Takuya Asao, and Kazuki Yoshimi will be limited to outings in domed stadiums in March because of the cold weather. Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2016
  • Pitchers complained about the mound at Nagoya Dome getting soft during games last season. The mound will be rebuilt in time for exhibition games in March. Source: Sanspo 2/18/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Chatan camp on February 19. Source: Sanspo 2/19/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ikusei first round draft pick Keisho Amiya joined Ichi-gun practices on February 18. Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2016
  • Daisuke Miura skipped his morning walk and morning workouts on February 18 to get a little rest. Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2016
  • Kazuki Mishima is scheduled to start the first exhibition game of the year on February 20 against Yomiuri at Naha. Source: Sports Hochi 2/17/2016

[2/18/2016] Yakult Swallows: Tokyo EMPower Uniform

by on Feb.19, 2016 @ 12:02 am, under NPB
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The Swallows unveiled the 2016 Tokyo EMPower Uniform they will be wearing for the Tokyo Series, Tokyo ENProject, and Tokyo ENNichi events this year. The uniform was designed by Masashi Larry Oiwa. Tetsuto Yamada, Shingo Kawabata, and Kazuhiro Hatakeyama modeled the uniforms for the press on February 17.

Source: official announcement

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