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[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

[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