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[3/3/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.04, 2015 @ 8:17 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto was the starting designated hitter and batted sixth in a Kyoiku League game against Rakuten on March 3. He went 2-for-3: single to left off Kazutomo Aihara in his first at bat and a double to right off Hiroyuki Fukuyama in his fourth at bat. It was his first multi-hit game since turning pro. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama could pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Orix on March 7. Source Nikkan Sports 3/3/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Kai Ueda attended his high school graduation on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2015
  • Yamato will be using the same exact bat as Hiroki Uemoto -- color, material, shape, weight. He borrowed a bat from Uemoto during spring camp and liked the way it felt. Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2015
  • Randy Messenger prefers pitching on four or five days of rest. However, the Tigers might use him on five to seven days of rest because they want to start him in games against Yomiuri and Hiroshima. If scheduled properly, he could pitch in up to eight games against the two teams during the first two months of the season: Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome on April 3, six days of rest, Hiroshima at Koshien on April 10, six days of rest, Yomiuri at Koshien on April 17, seven days of rest, Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium on April 25, six days of rest, Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome on May 2, five days of rest, Hiroshima at Koshien on May 8, six days of rest, Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome on May 15, five days of rest, Yomiuri at Koshien on May 21. Source: Sponichi 3/3/2015 ... The last two starts could be Yakult on May 14 and Yomiuri on May 20, for a total of up to seven games against Hiroshima and Yomiuri. Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2015
  • The group working out at Koshien played some futsal as part of warm-ups on Monday. It was pitchers versus position players. The pitchers won 1-0 on a kick from the penalty mark by Yuya Ando. Matt Murton told reporters it was the first time he played soccer in his life. Source: Sponichi 3/3/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroki Kuroda could start an exhibition game against Yakult at Mazda Stadium on March 8. Source: Sponichi 3/3/2015 ... Kuroda will pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on March 4. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2015
  • Third round draft pick Atsuya Horie left the team on March 3 to attend his high school graduation on March 5. Horie donated a portion of his signing bonus to his alma mater -- the money was used to pay for one pitching machine and rubber fences for the infield. Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2015
  • Nikkan Sports' starting pitchers for the first nine games of the season: Kenta Maeda, Kris Johnson, Hiroki Kuroda, Daichi Osera, Yusuke Nomura, Maeda, Johnson, Kuroda, Yuya Fukui. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Seventh round draft pick Issei Endo got the start in left and batted third in a Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 3. He handled two fly balls without any difficult. He recorded a single to center with the bat. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2015
  • Actress Ryoko Yonekura will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ni-gun Yokohama played a practice game against Yokohama Shoka University on March 3. Kentaro Takasaki started the game and gave up two runs on five innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshihisa Naruse is slated to start a Kyoiku League game against Seibu on March 4. Source: Sponichi 3/3/2015
  • Wladimir Balentien resumed batting practice in mid-January. He can also do some light jogging. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2015 ... Balentien currently weighs 110 kilograms, about three kilograms over his ideal weight. Source: Sponichi 3/3/2015 ... Balentien began rehab in early December, started taking soft-toss batting practice in mid-January, and resumed live batting practice in February. He is still unable to run dashes and he took two light fielding practice sessions. Source: Chunichi Sports 3/3/2015 ... Balentien sat down with Mitsuru Manaka on March 3 and confirmed that the focus should be on health over the opening day roster. Source: Sanspo 3/3/2015

[3/2/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.03, 2015 @ 2:39 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano sat down with three pitching coaches on March 1 to review film of his delivery and discuss possible adjustments to his mechanics. His next outing will be pushed back from March 7 to either March 11 or 12. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015, Sanspo 3/2/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki will start an exhibition game against Softbank on March 3. He will pitch five innings. Akira Iwamoto will follow and pitch four innings in relief. If Iwamoto pitches well, he could pitch in another exhibition game on the 8th against Yomiuri. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh will most likely pitch in an exhibition game against Hiroshima on the 10th. He will probably pitch in two more exhibition games before the start of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami on the mound at Kyocera Dome: "I don't really have any good memories. If you were to ask if I liked it or not, I'd say I don't really like it. It's hard and there isn't much of an incline, so my pitches tend to rise. It's a different kind of mound, unlike Koshien. But it isn't a major game changer." Source: Daily Sports 3/2/2015
  • Kazuya Tsutsui, Kazuhito Futagami, and Shoya Yamamoto returned to Osaka on March 1. They will get some playing time at Ni-gun (Kyoiku League). Source: Sanspo 3/2/2015
  • Former Tiger Ken Nishimura (28) signed with the Ishikawa Million Stars (BC League). Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Seventh round draft pick Issei Endo was drafted as an infielder. The Dragons may be planning to convert him to an outfielder. He worked out in right during pre-game fielding practice on Monday. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien arrived at Narita Airport on Monday. He told reporters he would rather focus solely on rehabbing until he is 100 percent instead of rehabbing while being used as a bat off the bench. Source: Chunichi Sports 3/2/2015, Sponichi 3/2/2015 ... Balentien arrived with his wife and daughter. His doctor told him he should be okay for a full return in early April or May. He does not feel it will take that long. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2015
  • Toshihiro Sugiura could start the third game of the opening series (March 29 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium). Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015
  • Yoshinori Sato is scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Orix on March 11. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015
  • Ryohei Kiya, fourth round draft pick Tetsuya Terada, Naomichi Nishiura, Ryota Yachi, and Wataru Hiyane were sent down to Ni-gun on March 2 for more work. Takahiro Imanami was called up to Ichi-gun. Source: Sanspo 3/2/2015

[3/1/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.02, 2015 @ 4:49 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto will continue his training at Ni-gun for the time being. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015
  • The Giants are hoping Hisayoshi Chono (right elbow and knee) will be ready to play rehab games in mid-March. He has resumed batting practice and is throwing at distances of up to seventy meters. Kenji Yano and Leslie Anderson, also in the middle of rehab, are hoping to play in games in late-March. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Akira Iwamoto's practice game start against Seibu on March 1 was rained out. He is now scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Softbank on March 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh's first appearance could come on March 10 against Hiroshima at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015
  • Minoru Iwata pitched in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on February 28. He tossed four shutout innings and allowed four hits. His next appearance could come during an exhibition game against Seibu at Koshien on March 7. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki will most likely start a Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5 and pitch five innings. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami's next appearance will most likely be in relief against Seibu on the 6th. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015 .. Fujinami could pitch about three innings. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Takaya Toda did not meet expectations and will be sent down to Ni-gun for more work. Ryuhei Matsuyama and Shota Dobayashi will be sent down to Ni-gun to get more playing time in Kyoiku League games. Matsuyama and Dobayashi will rejoin the Ichi-gun team on the 5th. Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are eighty-eight games from 10,000 games and twenty-eight victories from 5,000. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka selected Yasuhiro Ogawa as his opening day starter. Manaka notified Ogawa of his decision during Saturday's exhibition game against Yomiuri. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015, Chunichi Sports 3/1/2015 ... Ogawa's next start will most likely come during an exhibition game against Rakuten on March 6. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015

[3/1/2015] Yakult and Yomiuri: Tokyo Series

by on Mar.01, 2015 @ 4:07 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows and Yomiuri Giants held a press conference today to release information about the Tokyo Series.

Tokyo Series

The Tokyo Series will take place over the following six games in April:

  • Aprli 10 (Friday) at Tokyo Dome
  • April 11 (Saturday) at Tokyo Dome
  • April 12 (Sunday) at Tokyo Dome
  • April 24 (Friday) at Jingu Stadium
  • April 25 (Saturday) at Jingu Stadium
  • April 26 (Sunday) at Jingu Stadium

The two teams will wear uniforms with Tokyo across the chest -- the Giants will wear their Invicinblu Tokyo uniforms and the Swallows will counter with their En-Power uniforms.

Source: official announcement (Yakult), official announcement and official page (Yomiuri), images taken from respective official websites

[2/28/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.01, 2015 @ 7:51 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yamato rejoined the team for practices at Koshien on the 28th after missing some time with the flu. Source: Sanspo 2/28/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki pitched in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on Saturday. He entered the game in the 5th and tossed two perfect innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2015
  • Shintaro Yokota is slated to play in three practice games: Orix on February 28, Seibu on March 1, and Softbank on March 3. His performance will determine whether or not he stays or gets sent back down to Ni-gun. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroshima was scheduled to distribute numbered tickets at 10:00am on Saturday. About 2,500 fans lined-up at Mazda Stadium, some from the night before, a number from a few days earlier. The Carp decided to begin distribution at 6:45am because of the large number of fans. The numbered tickets will be used when ticket offices begin selling regular season tickets on March 1. Hiroshima reportedly prepared about 5,000 numbered tickets this year, up from the 1,700 they handed out last year. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015, Sponichi 2/28/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai, Kazuki Yoshimi, and Yudai Ono are scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Lotte on March 1. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015
  • The Dragons added automated pitching machines to their indoor training facilities near Nagoya Stadium. They also replaced the artificial turf and installed new netting. Total construction cost about 150 million yen. Source: Sponichi 2/28/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien is set to arrive in Japan on March 2. Source: Sanspo 2/28/2015
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa ate ice cream at least three times a week last year. He skipped on his favorite desert and fried foods this off-season and dropped his weight from eighty to seventy-eight kilograms. He also lowered his fat percentage by two points to sixteen percent. Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2015, Daily Sports 2/28/2015, Sponichi 2/28/2015
  • The artificial turf at Toda Stadium was replaced for the first time in seven years. The new turf was unveiled during a ceremony on Friday. Construction cost about fifty million yen. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015
  • The artificial turf at the Jingu indoor training facilities was replaced with turf that was used at Jingu Stadium. Construction took about two weeks and ended a few days earlier. Source: Sponichi 2/28/2015

[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