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[3/3/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Mar.04, 2014 @ 12:34 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi (left shoulder) threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  Pitching coach Kazuya Tabata stood in the batter's box.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • Hisayoshi Chono has managed to get his Spanish up to a point where he can joke around a little with Leslie Anderson.  Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers visited Nishinomiya Shrine on Monday to pray for a successful season.  About 500 visitors were also at the shrine.  Source: Sanspo 3/3/2014
  • Seung Hwan Oh does not want to use mound differences as an excuse, since there are also differences in mounds between stadiums in Korea.  He plans to check as many mounds as he can before the start of the regular season.  Source: Sanspo 3/3/2014, Daily Sports 3/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • Mauro Gomez will have his right knee re-evaluated on Wednesday.  The Tigers hope he will be ok to begin playing some time around the 15th.  Nothing will be certain until after they receive his test results. Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami could face Nippon Ham's Shohei Otani at Koshien on March 8.  Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2014, Daily Sports 3/3/2014, Sponichi 3/3/2014
  • In ten pre-season games through Sunday, Ryota Imanari is 13-for-31.  Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp closed out Okinawa camp on Monday.
  • Yuki Iwami, Jumpei Ono, Masamitsu Suzuki, and Seiya Suzuki will be sent down to Ni-gun.  Eishin Soyogi and Tomohiro Abe will be called up to Ichi-gun.  Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Daichi Osera, 2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri, 3rd round draft pick Kosuke Tanaka, and 4th round draft pick Keita Nishihara will continue workouts with the Ichi-gun team.  Source: Sponichi 3/3/2014

[3/2/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Nobutaka Imamura (left shoulder tightness) told reporters on Sunday that he was fine and that he felt no discomfort in his shoulder.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014
  • Takayuki Terauchi (right shoulder discomfort) joined general workouts at Giants Stadium on Sunday.  Terauchi did not do any throwing during fielding practice to keep strain off the shoulder.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Assistant Batting Coach Thomas O'Malley has been helping Mauro Gomez as he makes his way back from right knee pain.  Source: Daily Sports 3/2/2014 ... Gomez took live batting practice indoors on Sunday.  It was his first round of live BP since February 23.  Source: Sanpso 3/2/2014
  • Takumi Akiyama is slated to pitch in an exhibition game against Softbank on March 4.  Source: Sanspo 3/2/2014
  • Yuya Ando is scheduled to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5.  Source: Sanspo 3/2/2014
  • 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki will likely get a chance to start and pitch three innings during his next outing.  Source: Sanspo 3/2/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Name Type Date NP Notes
Daichi Osera Bullpen 3/2 131 Sports Hochi 3/2/2014

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  • Kenta Maeda practice game outing on Sunday was rained out.  An intra-squad game was added to Monday's schedule.  Maeda is scheduled to pitch in the game.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

[3/1/2014] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 1:54 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Tetsuya Utsumi Bullpen 2/28 58 Sponichi 3/1/2014
Tomoyuki Sugano Bullpen 2/28 48 Sponichi 3/1/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Tomoyuki Sugano and Tetsuya Utsumi are slated to pitch in Sunday's exhibition game against Yakult at Tokyo Dome.  Sugano will start the game.  Source: Sanspo 3/1/2014
  • Kan Otake will use Kan Kimura's Ai-wa Katsu as his intro music.  Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2014
  • 4th round draft pick Nobuyuki Okumura attended his high school graduation on Saturday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014

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The Giants announced on Saturday that they added Ikusei player Mizuki Tsuchida to the seventy-man roster.  His uniform number will change from 018 to 93.  His salary will be an estimated 4.2 million yen.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 3/1/2014

[2/28/2014] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Mar.01, 2014 @ 6:20 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Chris Seddon Bullpen 2/28 15 Sanspo 2/28/2014
Kan Otake Bullpen 2/27 46 Sanspo 2/28/2014

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Quick Notes

  • The Giants closed out their workouts in Naha on the 27th.
  • Kan Otake is scheduled to start Saturday's exhibition game against Yakult at Tokyo Dome.  Source: Sanspo 2/28/2014
  • Shinnosuke Abe resumed batting practice on Thursday.  He told reporters he should be ok to play defense on Saturday (perhaps about six innings).  Source: Sanspo 2/28/2014, Daily Sports 2/28/2014
  • The Giants will continue to give 1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi some playing time during exhibition games in March.  Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2014
  • Yuki Koyama was not feeling well on Friday morning.  He was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with influenza A.  He will remain in Miyazaki until he is better.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014

[2/27/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 5:12 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yuki Egarashi hurt his right hand when he tried to reach for a batted ball during a Ni-gun practice game against Hiroshima on Thursday.  There was some bleeding, but the injury does not appear to be serious.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014
  • Hirokazu Sawamura and Nobutaka Imamura could pitch in games in mid-March.  Sawamura threw about fifty pitches, including breaking balls, to a squatting catcher on Friday.  Imamura is expected to begin throwing breaking balls during his next session on the 28th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Kakita will break away from Ichi-gun and continue his workouts at Ni-gun.  He is coming back from inflammation in his right elbow.  Source: Sanspo 2/27/2014
  • Hisanori Takahashi's next appearance will likley be against Orix on March 4.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2014

[2/26/2014] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Feb.27, 2014 @ 4:29 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Tetsuya Yamaguchi Bullpen 2/26 34 Standing catcher; first session since Okinawa camp began on the 14th.  Sanspo 2/26/2014
Nobutaka Imamura Bullpen 2/26 50 Standing and squatting catcher.  Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Scott Mathieson rested at the team hotel and did not attend practices on the 26th because he was not feeling well. Source: Sponichi 2/26/2014
  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi did not have any discomfort in his left shoulder (inflammation) while throwing in the bullpen on Wednesday.  Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014
  • Yuki Koyama will be send down to Ni-gun after another bad outing on Tuesday.  He has given up eleven runs in six innings.  Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014
  • Tatsunori Hara rounded up pitchers in the bullpen on Tuesday for an emergency meeting behind closed doors.  He was apparently frustrated at their performance and self-awareness levels since their arrival in Okinawa.  Source: Sponichi 2/26/2014
  • The Giants will wear the number nineteen, in honor of Eiji Sawamura, during an exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers on March 10.  Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2014

[2/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:49 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Hirokazu Sawamura Bullpen 2/25 50 Most he has thrown in a session during camp this year; 20 to standing catcher, 5 to half-squatting catcher, 25 to squatting catcher.  Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014

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Quick Notes

  • The Giants unveiled their 2014 Tokon uniforms on Monday.  Tetsuya Utsumi and Yasuyuki Kataoka modeled the uniforms for the media.  Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014
  • Tetsuya Matsumoto was sent down to Ni-gun camp to make room for Taishi Ota.  Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014
  • Utsumi and Tomoya Sugano could make their next appearances during exhibition games on either March 1 or 2 (both vs Yakult at Tokyo Dome).  That could put them in line to pitch in an exhibition game against Hanshin at Koshien on March 9.  Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2014
  • Shogo Shibata was taking things slow after coming back from appendicitis.  He rejoined the rest of the players for workouts at Ni-gun camp on Tuesday.  He is planning to toss a bullpen session on the 26th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014

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Cheer songs for Kataoka, Hirokazu Ibata, and Kan Otake have been completed.  The songs could be performed for the first time during an exhibition game against Yakult on March 1.  Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014 ... Cheer songs for the three new faces, in addition to Daisuke Nakai, were made available for download as ring tones at the G-Melo Kyojin-Gun site on Monday (membership required).  Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014

[2/24/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toru Anan and Yuki Koyama are slated to pitch in Tuesday's practice game against Samsung (KBO).  Source: Sponichi 2/24/2014
  • Taishi Ota will join Ichi-gun camp for workouts on Tuesday.  Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

[2/23/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 1:30 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Name Type Date NP Notes
Nobutaka Imamura Bullpen 2/23 30 Standing catcher; resumed throwing after having problems with tightness in his left shoulder.  Nikkan Sports 2/23/2014

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  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps have the day off on Monday.
  • Kentaro Nishimura took a batted ball off his left chest in the 9th inning of Sunday's exhibition game against Rakuten.  He was taken to a hospital in Naha and diagnosed with a bruise.  Source: Sponichi 2/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Name Type Date NP Notes
Bryan Bullington BP 2/21 30 Faced Jun Hirose and Yoshihiro Maru; allowed 6 could-be hits; also hit Hirose in the back with a pitch.  Daily Sports 2/22/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ichi-gun camp has the day off on Monday.
  • Sho Aranami hurt his right ring finger while playing defense in the 4th inning of Sunday's exhibition game against Nippon Ham.  He is scheduled to return to Tokyo on the 24th for an examination.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2014

[2/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Feb.23, 2014 @ 3:12 am, under NPB
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Quick Notes

  • Kazuhiro Kiyohara visited Naha camp on Friday and was decked out in a white suit.  Source: Tokyo Sports 2/22/2014
  • Shinnosuke Abe took a pitched ball off his left calf while catching in the 2nd inning of Saturday's exhibition game against Yokohama.  He left the game on defense in the 4th and might sit out Sunday's game as a precaution.  Source: Sanspo 2/22/2014
  • Daisuke Nakai started feeling pain in his right elbow during fielding practice scrimmages on Friday.  He will be shutdown (no throwing or hitting) for the time being.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014
  • Nobutaka Imamura (left shoulder) has the green light to toss a bullpen session on Sunday.  He played catch on flat ground at a distance of about twenty meters on Saturday and threw all his pitches.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014
  • Tatsunori Hara spent about forty minutes giving Leslie Anderson advice on hitting on Friday.  Source: Sponichi 2/22/2014