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[11/15/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:37 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kyosuke Takagi threw sixty-three pitches during a bullpen session at Giants Stadium on Saturday. Takagi got tips on how to throw the shuto from pitching coach Kazuya Tabata on Friday. He worked on throwing the pitch during his session on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014
  • Chunichi senryokugai Takehiro Donoue's tryout began on Saturday at Giants Stadium. He took sixty-seven swings during batting practice and hit five over the fence and recorded forty-one could-be hits. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014
  • The Giants and Tigers announced an Old Timers Charity Auction to raise money for Tohoku earthquake victims. Uniforms and baseballs autographed by players participating in Sunday's Hanshin-Yomiuri Old Timers Game will be on the block. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Intra-squad game on Saturday: Masahiro Nakatani got the start in center and batted third for the Reds. He recorded a run-scoring double in the 3rd with runners on first and second and two out. Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Yamato got the start at short and batted lead-off. He went 1-for-4. Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Ryoma Matsuda tossed a shutout inning in relief. Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • Ryoma Matsuda is working on his change-up. Fall camp instructor Yutaka Ono was surprised to learn that Matsuda was using a similar grip to his and has been giving him advice on how to throw it. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • The Tigers could move Tsuyoshi Nishioka to center and use Yamoto at short and Hiroki Uemoto at second. If they manage to sign Hiroyuki Nakajima, they can plug him in at third. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014
  • Suguru Iwazaki returned to Osaka on Friday because of tightness in his left elbow. His workouts at Naruohama will focus on running. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata spent forty minutes hitting baseballs to Toshiki Kurobane on Friday. He also spent thirty minutes hitting grounders to pitchers Kisho Kagami, Kenjiro Tanaka, Yuki Kuniyoshi, Atori Ota, and Yoshiki Sunada. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Naomichi Nishiura and Takahiro Araki are in the mix for the everyday job at short. Both players recorded three hits during a practice game against a team of Shikoku Island League players on Friday. Assuming Keiji Obiki signs, he will also be in the mix at short. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • Mitsuru Manaka wants the team to be aggressive in the early innings and is planning to stay away from the bunt. He will become more conservative as the game heads into the later innings. He also wants players to be aggressive on the base paths. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

[11/13/2014] Rumors: Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.14, 2014 @ 1:59 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers re-signed Kojiro Tanabo (23) to an Ikusei contract. Source: official announcement

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed Takahiro Arai (37) to a contract. A press conference will be held in Hiroshima on Friday. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014 ... The contract will most likely be worth an estimated twenty million yen (down from 200 million yen he made this season and down from the eighty million yen offered by Hanshin). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014

The Hiroshima Carp re-signed Yuichi Hisamoto (35) to an Ikusei contract. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars could be preparing to offer Daisuke Matszuaka (34) a three-year deal worth a total 1.05 billion yen and the uniform number one. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014

Scott Boras told reporters on Wednesday he expected Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) to sign with a Japanese team. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014, Daily Sports 11/13/2014

The Bay Stars could offer 300 million yen for Yulieski Gourriel (30) next year, three times the amount they paid this year. Their offer to Matsuzaka could be four years at about one billion yen. Source: Sanspo 11/13/2014

Tsutomu Ito would like to see the Chiba Lotte Marines to put the money they planned to use for Yoshihsa Naruse toward making sure Alfredo Despaigne returns to the team next year. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014

[11/11/2014] Rumors: Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 4:17 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers are prepared to carry negotiations with Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) into the new year. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014 ... The Seibu Lions are going to let team official Haruhiko Suzuki handle negotiations with Nakajima. Suzuki was Ni-gun manager when Nakajima first joined the organization in 2001. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014

The Chunichi Dragons are planning to sign Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi (31). Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014

Former Softbank Hawk Kyohei Kamezawa (26) joined Chunichi fall camp at Nagoya Stadium for the start of his tryout on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will most likely sign Orix senryokugai Shun Tono (28). Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Tono may have been offered a deal worth twelve million yen. An announcement of a deal could be made within the next couple of days. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they are going to give Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26) and Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24) tryouts during Kamogawa fall camp. Their tryouts will take place on the 16th and 17th. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

The Seibu Lions re-signed Ryo Hayashizaki to an Ikusei contract and assigned him the number 120. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Hayashizaki dislocated his left shoulder during a game against Lotte on April 17 and had surgery to treat it in October. He is currently rehabbing the shoulder. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

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

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 4:04 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe is trying to lose weight this winter to improve his mobility. He has already lost two to three kilograms by cutting back on carbohydrates and eating salads and proteins for dinner. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014
  • Shuichi Murata was seen wearing a Jose Lopez uniform during practices on Monday because he forgot his at home. He told reporters the uniform was a little tight. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014
  • About 200 fans watched practices at Giants Stadium on Monday. Tatsunori Hara allowed them onto the field and invited a number of elementary school kids to do some running with Abe and Murata. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers could move Yamato back to the infield and give him a look at short if Takashi Toritani decides to leave for the Majors. Source: ZakZak 11/11/2014
  • The Tigers will most likely add Ikusei pitcher Hiroya Shimamoto to the seventy-man roster some time after fall camp. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014
  • Hanshin is planning to use uniforms next season that are based on a version worn by the team in 1985. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014
  • Former Hanshin Tiger Haruki Yoshitake will manage the Fukui Miracle Elephants (BC League) next year. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tomoya Mikami threw about twenty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Monday. It was the first time he had the catcher squat during fall camp this year. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014

[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