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[02/26/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.27, 2015 @ 9:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Yokota is slated to join the Ichi-gun team on the 27th and play in a practice game against Orix on the 28th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka practiced at third on Wednesday for the first time during spring camp. He mishandled one grounder. Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2015 ... Nishioka fielded thirty-six grounders. Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2015 ... Yutaka Wada told reporters that the decision to move Nishioka to third was not final and that they were simply exploring options that would help them win. Nishioka's response to the move, "The manager has final say. If I'm not going to listen, then I should leave the team. But I have no intention of leaving. I want to consider what is necessary to win." Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015 ... Nishioka also had this to say about the move, "After joining Hanshin, I really felt like there wasn't much competition going on within the team. [Ryota] Imanari, Ryota [Arai], and [Naomasa] Yokawa have all been working hard. I felt if I went along with the move to third right off the bat, it would kill the energy. I wanted to help promote competition within the team. I didn't want to take anyone's motivation away by going along with the manager's decision to change positions right away." Source: Sponichi 2/26/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi's next outing will come on March 4 against Softbank at Koshien. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami gained two kilograms (from ninety to ninety-two) and increased his chest size by five centimeters (from 100 to 105) since the end of last season. Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2015

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takehiro Ishikawa was in left, third round draft pick Toshihiko Kuramoto at short, and fifth round draft pick Koki Yamashita at second during fielding practice on the 25th. If Ishikawa gets the start in left, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo can move from left to right. Source: Sponichi 2/26/2015

Yakult Swallows

[2/25/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.26, 2015 @ 8:16 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers closed out Ginoza camp on Wednesday. They drew 67,800 fans during camp, up from the 56,500 from last year. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015
  • The Tigers also closed out Kochi camp on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015
  • Matt Murton is slated to play in his first game on March 4 (exhibition vs Softbank at Koshien). Source: Sanspo 2/25/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki was scheduled to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5, but is now slated to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on the 28th. Source: Sanspo 2/25/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is set to start an exhibition game against Softbank on March 3. Source: Sponichi 2/25/2015
  • Hiroki Uemoto most likely won the starting second base job after Yutaka Wada recently told Tsuyoshi Nishioka that he was going to play third this year. Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2015
  • Yamato developed a fever on the 24th and was taken to the hospital for an evaluation. He was diagnosed with the flu and did not participate in practices on the 25th. He will stay behind in Ginoza until he is feeling better. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015, Sanspo 2/25/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki is set to start a practice game against LG (KBO) on the 26th. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshihisa Naruse is set to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Seibu on March 4. Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2015

[2/24/2015] Spring Camp Games from February 24

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:55 am, under NPB
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[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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[2/22/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.23, 2015 @ 7:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants are planning to add Takehiro Donoue (29) to the seventy-man roster. An announcement could be made shortly. He could be assigned the uniform number 91. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015, Daily Sports 2/22/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • The opening day starting rotation is coming together. The first three spots will go to Randy Messenger, Minoru Iwata, and Shintaro Fujinami. The fourth spot will go to Atsushi Nomi. If Suguru Iwazaki is healthy/ready, he could get the sixth spot. The fifth spot is still up for grabs. Source: Daily Sports 2/22/2015
  • Ryoma Matsuda is set to join the Ichi-gun team in time for a practice game against Orix on the 28th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2015
  • The media learned on the 21st that the Tigers decided to pass on Juan Jaime after giving him a tryout in the Dominican Republic. No reasons were mentioned. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yoshihiro Maru will most likely be the everyday center fielder. Brad Eldred, Jesus Guzman, and Ryuhei Matsuyama are competing for spots in left and at first. First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma and Seiya Suzuki are in the mix for the job in right. Ko Shimozuru is also an option in the outfield. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2015
  • First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma hit a home run in Hiroshima's first exhibition game of the year on Saturday and became the first rookie in franchise history to accomplish the feat since Takehiko Kobayakawa on February 25, 1984. The last player to accomplish the feat in NPB history was Yakult's Yusuke Matsui on February 20, 2010. Source: Sponichi 2/22/2015
  • NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki visited Okinawa camp on Sunday. He had a chance to meet Hiroki Kuroda and shook his hand. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Third round draft pick Toshihiko Kuramoto has been using a 920-gram Hiroyuki Nakajima model bat since January last year. Source: Sponichi 2/22/2015

[2/20/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.21, 2015 @ 8:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Frederich Cepeda joined the Giants on Friday. Source: Sponichi 2/20/2015
  • Shinnosuke Abe is not planning to play in any exhibition games during Okinawa camp because of discomfort in his right calf. Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2015
  • Kazuto Taguchi is set to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camp had the day off on Friday.
  • Suguru Iwazaki (left shoulder) and Yuya Yokoyama are slated to toss batting practice on the 23rd. Source: Sanspo 2/20/2015, Sanspo 2/20/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroki Kuroda could make his first regular season start on March 29 against Yakult at Mazda Stadium. Source: Sponichi 2/20/2015 ...The addition of Kuroda could have a positive economic impact of about 5.2 billion yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2015 ... Kuroda's first pre-season game could come on March 8 against Yakult. Source: Sports Hochi 2/20/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ni-gun camp had the day off on Friday.
  • The Gunma Diamond Pegasus announced that they signed former Yokohama Bay Star Kazumasa Kikuchi (32) as a player/pitching coach. Kikuchi attended a tryout with Nippon Ham earlier this month, but failed to make the cut. Source: official announcement