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[11/10/2014] Rumors: Yokohama, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Softbank

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 5:07 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in Orix senryokugai Shun Tono (28) after watching him during the Twelve-team tryouts on Sunday. A number of other teams, including Hiroshima and Lotte, could also be interested in Tono. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Hiroshima Carp are interested in Tono, Nippon Ham senryokugai Shoma Sato (25), Yokohama senryokugai Futoshi Kobayashi (31), and Softbank senryokugai Shintaro Ejiri (37). They will probably keep it to one signing, if any. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Daily Sports 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima signed Sato to a contract on Monday. A press conference will be held on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Tono is not planning to attend the second tryout. He is currently only thinking about playing in the NPB next year. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/10/2014

Chunichi general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai is interested in Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Dragons are planning to give former Softbank Hawk Kyohei Kamezawa (26) a tryout during fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi and could give him a tryout. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Softbank Hawks are going to give Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) a tryout during fall camp, from the 11th until the 14th. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are going to give Chunichi senryokugai Daisuke Tanaka a look during fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2014

Yoshiyuki Kamei (32) was offered a multi-year deal but wants a one-year contract because he feels it will keep him motivated. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Hiroshima's Eishin Soyogi (34) decided not to exercise his FA option after meeting with team officials for the fifth time on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014 ... Soyogi may have agreed to a one-year deal worth 100 million yen. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima also posted an announcement of his decision. Source: official announcement

The Yomiuri Giants could meet Ryoji Aikawa (38) as early as the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Giants are planning to sign Chunichi senryokugai Daiki Yoshikawa (22). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Hanshin Tigers could sweeten their offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by diverting money they were planning to use for Naoki Miyanishi (three year, 500 million yen). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Keiji Obiki (30). Source: Sanspo 11/10/2014

[11/10/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 5:02 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda threw forty pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. He forgot his uniform and had to borrow one from Akira Iwamoto. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada could be shifted to the bullpen. A lot will depend on how the starting rotation fills out. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to add Ikusei pitcher Hiroya Shimamoto to the seventy-man roster. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2014
  • Fumiya Hojo could be an option to replace Takashi Toritani at short. Hojo has been a pleasant surprise at the 21U Baseball World Cup: 3 G, 4-for-10, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 R, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014
  • Kazuhito Futagami returned to Osaka on Sunday because of tightness in his left hamstring. He was supposed to attend fall camp in Kochi, but will instead rehab at the Naruohama facilities. Source: Sanspo 11/10/2014
  • Two players from France, Rene Leveret (29) and Frederic Hanvi (25), arrived at Kansai Airport on Monday. They will be participating in fall practices. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Taiki Sekine has plans to work out with Norichika Aoki in December. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014
  • Kiyoshi Nakahata wanted to drop his weight from ninety-five to ninety during fall camp, but has so far seen it rise to ninety-six. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2014
  • Ichi-gun equipment manager Yusaku Iriki likes to fish for eels out of a river near the team's fall camp facilities in Amami, Okinawa. The city is interested in renaming the river to the Iriki Yusaka River next year as a way to boost interst in the area. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka will most likely go with two catchers on the active roster. However, he is concerned that two might not be enough and hopes one of the back-up position players is willing to learn how to catch. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

[11/9/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 4:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura will be used out of the bullpen next season. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Former players Shigeo Nagashima, Kazunori Shinozuka, Shoji Sadaoka, and Tadashi Matsumoto held a baseball clinic for about 250 elementary school children in Sakura, Chiba on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Kyosuke Takagi (25) will file marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman from Ishikawa before the end of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are looking within for starting pitcher candidates. Options include: Kazuyuki Kaneda and 2nd round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki. Daiki Enokida and Hiroaki Saiuchi will most likely be used in relief. Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014 ... Other options include: Suguru Iwazaki, Yuta Iwasada, amd 1st round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Hanshin is not planning to pursue senryokugai players this winter. Source: Sanspo 11/9/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Sunday's practice game against Seibu was canceled due to poor field conditions. Workouts ended after morning sessions. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014
  • Yusuke Nomura threw from the wind-up during a bullpen session on Saturday. He also tested a forkball. He threw sixty-eight pitches. Nomura switched over to a no-wind-up delivery and added a shuto this season, but struggled with balance and control issues. He is in the process of finding his ideal weight. He started at seventy-eight kilograms in his first year and was at eight-four kilograms this year. He felt he increased his weight too much and is now at about eighty-one kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014
  • Koichi Ogata sat Takahiro Iwamoto, Hayato Shoji, and Kosuke Nakamura down in the dugout after workouts on Saturday because he felt they were not trying hard enough. The three could be sent back to Hiroshima on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige spent about three hours hitting close 800 baseballs during fielding practice on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata required pitchers to throw twenty fastballs low and away in the bullpen on Saturday -- right-handed pitchers low and away to right-handed hitters and left-handed pitchers low and away to left-handed hitters. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Saturday. He faced seven hitters, threw twenty-seven pitches, allowed one hit, walked two, struck out two, and topped out at 150km/h. It was his first outing against hitters in about two months. He is scheduled to pitch two innings during a practice game against the Ehime Mandarin Pirates (Shikoku Island League) on the 16th. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/9/2014
  • Yuto Koyama also pitched in Saturday's batting practice scrimmage. He faced eight hitters, did not allow a hit, and struck out five. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

[11/8/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 4:32 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp played an intra-squad game on Friday that ended in a 7-7 tie. Shota Dobayashi got the start at third and batted sixth for the Whites. He hit a solo home run off Jumpei Ono in the 6th. Hiroshima is scheduled to play a practice game aginst Seibu on the 9th. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014 ... Daichi Osera tossed two shutout innings in relief and allowed two hits. He mixed in a splitter and told reporters he felt he was getting a better feel for the pitch. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014 ... Yoshihiro Maru got the start at center and batted lead-off for the Whites. He went 2-for-4 with four RBI: two out, two-run single to right off Kenta Maeda in the 2nd and a two-run triple off Ono in the 6th. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014 ... Maeda gave up two runs on three hits over three innings of work for the Reds. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Nobumasa Fukuda (26) filed marriages papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Fukuoka. Source: Sanspo 11/8/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yuta Kakita threw ninety-six pitches in the bullpen on Friday. Kakita told reporters it took him sixty-five pitches to throw twenty pitches to the inside corner for right-handed hitters. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014
  • Kiyoshi Nakahata is planning to continue giving Yoshitomo Tsutsugo chances to bat clean-up next season. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014

Yakult Swallows

[11/7/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Workouts on Thursday included: for position players: ten sets of stairs (thirty-eight steps) and fourteen hills (about twenty meters in distance); for pitchers: thirty foul poles (180 meters in distance) and five tire pushes (roughly thirty meters in distance). Source: Sanspo 11/7/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda started an intra-squad game on Friday. He gave up two runs on three hits over three innings of work. He used an MLB baseball during his outing. Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata injured his left ankle during fall camp on the 5th. He was doing lighter workouts with hopes of returning to the main group, but will now focus on rehabbing the ankle. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014
  • Iori Katsura had to field about 900 grounders during workouts on Thursday. The session took place over a period of two-and-a-half hours (including breaks). Motonobu Tanishige and battery coaches Mitsuo Tatsukawa and Masatoshi Ogawa took turns hitting baseballs to Katsura from a distance of about fifteen meters. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014
  • Yusuke Matsui's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 3,010 grams, on October 3 at a hospital in Nagoya. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014
  • Nobumasa Fukuda (26) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Fukuoka on October 3 in Nagoya. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata spent forty minutes hitting grounders to Hiroki Minei and another forty minutes hitting grounders to Hiroshi Kobayashi, Tomoya Mikami, Kazuki Mishima, Shingo Hirata, and Yuta Kakita on Thursday. Kakita pulled out early after he developed a cramp in his right calf. Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2014 ... Nakahata hit over 350 baseballs in about eighty-five minutes. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014
  • Shun Yamaguchi is working on a cutter. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

[11/6/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.07, 2014 @ 5:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hiroshima Carp

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Batting practice pitcher Hirotsugu Maeda will also become a manager's assistant. Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014

[11/5/2014] Rumors: Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.06, 2014 @ 5:42 am, under NPB
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Daisuke Matsuzaka

  • The Softbank Hawks could offer Matsuzaka a four-year deal worth 400 million or more a year plus incentives and the number eighteen. The Hawks could be the front runners for a number of reasons, including: Softbank has deep pockets, Matsuzaka's wife is from Fukuoka, Matsuzaka may prefer the less media intensive Fukuoka over Tokyo. Source: ZakZak 11/5/2014

Hiroyuki Nakajima

  • The Seibu Lions could offer Nakajima a three-year deal worth a total of about 800 million yen. The Hanshin Tigers are expected to offer something more. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014
  • The Lions are also willing to discuss options with Nakajima past their current offer. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014, Sports Hochi 11/5/2014
  • The Lions are slated to speak to Nakajima over the phone on the 5th. They could offer three or more years at 200 or more million yen. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014

Takahiro Arai

Naoki Miyanishi

  • Miyanishi will most likely spend all the time he has until the 8th to decide on his option. A number of teams are interested in his services, including Hanshin and Orix. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014
  • Miyanishi could be planning to announce his decision to stay in Sapporo on the 8th. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014

Yoshihisa Naruse

  • The Yakult Swallows are interested in Naruse. The Tigers were rumored to be preparing a three-year offer in the area of 600 million yen. Yakult could be putting together a package in the same range. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014

Keiji Obiki

  • Obiki is planning to exercise his FA option. He is expected to make an announcement on the 6th. The Fighter could be open to returning to the negotiating table after he becomes a free agent. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014

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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are interested in Kyuji Fujikawa (34) and Munenori Kawasaki (33). These could be considered alternates to Yoshihisa Naruse (29) and Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai (36) decided not to exercise his FA option. He finalized his contract on Wednesday. He agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 120 million yen each year (or 360 million yen total). The 120 million yen is up 60 million over what he made this season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars have an interest Kam Mickolio (30). They see him as a candidate to close. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014

[11/4/2014] Rumors: Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks

by on Nov.05, 2014 @ 3:54 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Matt Murton (33) told reporters he should be able to return to Japan next year. Source: Sporst Hochi 11/4/2014, Sponichi 11/4/2014
  • If Takashi Toritani (33) decides to leave, the Tigers could look at players like Munenori Kawasaki (33), Keiji Obiki (30), and Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) to replace him. Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2014
  • The Tigers could offer Nakajima up to four years at over one billion yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2014
  • The Red Sox and Blue Jays were the only two MLB teams that had scouts checking on Toritani during the Nippon Series. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tatsuhiko Kinjo (38) filed paperwork to exercise his FA option on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014
  • Masanori Hayashi decided not to exercise his FA option after his six-year-old daughter asked him not to. It also probably helped that he got a three-year deal worth an estimated forty-one million yen next season (up fifteen million from this year). Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles are interested in Keiji Obiki (30). They feel he could be their everyday shortstop if they move Kazuo Matsui to the outfield on a permanent basis. Source: Sponichi 11/4/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks could offer Daisuke Matsuzaka a contract that runs three or more years. Source: Sponichi 11/4/2014

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Hiroyuki Nakajima = Seibu, Hanshin, Orix, Lotte, Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 11/4/2014

[11/4/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.05, 2014 @ 3:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Nobuyuki Okumura will be working out with Hirokazu Ibata in January next year. Source: Sponichi 11/4/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh is planning to add more weights to his off-season workouts this winter. He also plans to return to Japan at some point during the winter to use the natural spas. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014
  • Daiki Enokida threw 100 pitches during his first fall camp bullpen session on Monday. Sanspo 11/4/2014
  • Yutaka Wada visited Hanshin headquarters in Osaka on Tuesday and gave owner Shinya Sakai his end-of-season report. Team president Nobuo Minami indicated that Wada's contract will likely be year-to-year. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Allen Kuri tossed batting practice to Yoshihiro Maru, Ryuhei Matsuyama, Takahiro Iwamoto, and Ko Shimozuru on Tuesday. He threw sixty-nine pitches, all fastballs, and allowed fourteen could-be hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2014
  • Koichi Ogata felt Matsuyama was not focused enough during his batting practice session on Monday and assigned him a session of soft-toss that lasted about forty-five minutes (roughly 800 baseballs, nonstop). Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014, Nikkan Sorts 11/4/2014
  • Kenta Maeda has been practicing his splitter with an MLB baseball. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014
  • The Carp received fifteen kilograms of Miyazaki beef from Nichinan city on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yuta Muto started Tuesday's practice game against the Hyogo Blue Sandars (Baseball First League) and gave up five runs on twelve hits over six innings of work. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takehiro Ishikawa will not attend fall camp in Amami, Kagoshima because of tightness in his right thigh. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2014

Yakult Swallows

[11/3/2014] Rumors: Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.04, 2014 @ 12:44 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers could offer Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) a three year deal worth about one billion yen plus incentives. Source: Sanspo 11/3/2014
  • Takashi Toritani (33) could be planning a trip to the United States soon. If timed properly, he might also be able to speak to some MLB teams while he is there. He is expected to file his international FA option before leaving. Source: Sanspo 11/3/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Masanori Hayashi (31) has decided not to exercise his FA option. He likely agreed to a three-year deal. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2014
  • Hitoshi Tamura (37) is not planning to exercise his FA option. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2014
  • Tatsuhiko Kinjo (38) has decided to exercise his FA option. He is expected to file the necessary paperwork on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2014, Sponichi 11/3/2014 ... When team officials met Kinjo in September, they asked him if he was going to retire and offered a coaching position. Kiyoshi Nakahata was expecting Kinjo to return next season as an active player and did not find out about the team's offer until after the veteran reached out to him for advice. Nakahata and the front office continue to have problems communicating. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are interested in Keiji Obiki (30). They like his glove and his leadership abilities. They are also looking for a shortstop. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2014