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[1/17/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.18, 2015 @ 2:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake is about four kilograms lighter than last year. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/17/2015
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi started cleaning his toilet before his starts when he was in a slump five years ago. In Feng shui, clean toilets can lead to good health and fortune. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers held a moment of silence at the Naruohama facilities on Saturday to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka had a follow-up exam on his right elbow on the 14th. He is making good progress and is close to regaining full-range of movement. He will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki, third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi, and fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sanspo 1/17/2015, Sanspo 1/17/2015
  • Yuya Ando and Kosuke Kato will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp. Ando told pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi that he wanted to start the year at Ni-gun camp because he was taking things slow. Source: Sanspo 1/17/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The 2014 draft class took physical fitness tests on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda is prepared to retired if he fails to record at least ten wins this season. "I need to win at least ten games. At this age and with this kind of contract, there are obligations to consider. If I don't meet those obligations, there will come a time where I will need to make a decision," said Kuroda. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai, Yudai Ono, and Kazuki Yoshimi are among the candidates for the opening day start on March 27. A member of the 2014 draft class is also a possibility, like first round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura and second round draft pick Tomohiro Hamada. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei Takai used a black and brown glove last season. He will change to a brown-only glove this season because brown leather is better quality than black. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015

[1/16/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.17, 2015 @ 5:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp because he is coming off right elbow and right knee surgery. He will be called up to Ichi-gun camp as soon as he is ready. Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone and third round draft pick Hayato Takagi could start out at Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2015
  • The Giants are planning to announce their spring camp assignments on the 19th. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2015
  • There is a chance Hideki Matsui will be unable to visit spring camp this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015
  • Owner Kojiro Shiraishi sees Yoshinobu Takahashi (39) as a future managerial candidate. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama (inflammation, left sternoclavicular joint) resumed throwing on Friday. He threw into a net and played catch at a distance of about ten meters. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki could get a look as a starter. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2015
  • Yuta Iwasada threw twenty-seven pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. It was his first session of the year. He dropped about five kilograms since fall camp. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015, Sponichi 1/16/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to announce their spring camp assignments after a coach meeting on the 23rd. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2015
  • Team official Eiichi Takano returned from his trip to Cuba on Thursday. He did not find any suitable talent for this season. The Tigers will continue checking players in the United States and the Dominican Republic. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to wear a yellow alternate uniform during their Uru-Tora-no Natsu event in late-July. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Sixth round draft pick Tetsuya Iida threw twenty-seven pitches, fastballs and five change-ups, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. The pitching coaches were impressed with both pitches. There is a good chance Iida will be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda on why he decided to return to Japan: "I will be turning forty in February and I'm not sure how many years I have left. I think I might get a better feel for the importance of each pitch by playing for the Carp. ... There is importance in America as well, but I think I don't have a lot of pitches left in me and I felt I might feel more satisfication in pitching [for the Carp]. ... I didn't really set a limit. I'll be okay if the last mound I throw off of [is in Japan]. I don't want to feel any regrets about not pitching in Japan after ending my career." Kuroda said the energy/feeling he got from Carp fans and others involved also played a big role in his decision. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons players association officials, Yohei Oshima, Masato Matsui, Naomichi Donoue, and Yusuke Matsui, and team staff visited Inuyama Naritasan Temple on Friday to pray for a successful season. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015
  • The entire 2014 draft class (excluding Ikusei players) could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp, assuming the training coaches or trainers find no reason to start them at Ni-gun. The Dragons selected the players from higher ranks (college and up) because they were looking for immediate help. Head coach Shigekazu Mori told reporters on Friday that Motonobu Tanishige wants a chance to see the players early on during camp to get a better feel for what they might be able to bring to the table. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015, Sponichi 1/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/16/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

[1/15/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.16, 2015 @ 2:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ryoji Aikawa returned from Saipan on Thursday. He was originally scheduled to arrive on Wednesday night, but there were problems with his flight. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto could make his "debut" during an intra-squad game on February 11 or 12. Source: Sponichi 1/15/2015
  • Ikusei second round draft pick Takuya Kawai ran 3,280 meters during Wednesday's Yo-Yo Endurance Test (twenty meter distance, eighty-two round trips). Source: Sponichi 1/15/2015
  • The Ichi-gun coaching staff met at Giants Stadium on Wednesday to discuss spring camp assignments. The entire 2014 draft class will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015 ... The Giants held a staff meeting in Tokyo on Thursday to discuss plans for the 2015 season and the spring camp schedule. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya is planning to toss a bullpen session some time after the 17th. He ran Monday's 3,000-meter in 14:06 and finished in last place.
  • Shintaro Fujinami interview by ZakZak. You mentioned on TV that you wanted to try [playing in the Majors] when you got to that level. What did you mean? "[I'd like to try] when I become a pitcher that can represent the league and the NPB. There isn't a certain number or standard. I want to be someone everyone recognizes. Like Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka, Kenta Maeda, and Chihiro Kaneko. I want to get to that kind of overpowering level [before I go]." Anyone that becomes overpowering will want to try [the Majors]. "And that's it. Even Darvish said he didn't have to go. This might come out wrong, but players that no longer feel challenged by Japanese yakyu should go. I think it's natural to want to do more." Source: ZakZak 1/15/2015 ... Fujinami added three kilograms since the end of last season and is hoping to add one or two more. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2015
  • Fumiya Hojo will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Yutaka Wada sees Hojo as a possible back-up to Takashi Toritani. Source: Sponichi 1/15/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • General training camp began on Thursday. Thirty-one players, including nine members of the 2014 draft class, worked out at the Ono facilities. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015
  • Allen Kuri threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Thursday. It was his fifth session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • General training camp at Nagoya Stadium started on Thursday. Workouts will run through to the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The 2014 draft class visited DeNA headquaters in the Hikarie building in Shibuya on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015, Daily Sports 1/15/2015
  • Shun Tono has tossed two bullpen sessions so far this year (his first session came on the 10th). He has been working non-stop since January 3. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015
  • The Bay Stars have yet to make an official announcement about Yulieski Gourriel because they have not been able to finalize their contract with him. The regular season has already started in Cuba and the focus is on that. There is a chance Gourriel might not make it to Japan until May. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2015
  • Former Bay Star Norihiro Nakamura (41) is still waiting for an offer from an NPB team. He could set February as his deadline to sign a deal. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2015
  • Senryokugai Kosuke Tomita (26) signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015, Sponichi 1/15/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryo Akiyoshi managed to gain eight kilograms since the end of last season. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2015

[1/12/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.13, 2015 @ 2:27 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura is planning to toss bullpen sessions on consecutive days at some point before the start of spring camp to prepare for his new role out of the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Former Yomiuri Giant Koji Uehara was a guest at a screening for Vancouver-no Asahi on Sunday. An actor from the film, Satoshi Tsumabuki, was at the event and asked Uehara a series of questions. "Do you want to spend the rest of your career in the Majors?" So long as I'm wanted. "Will you return to Japan to play?" I might consider it if there is no interest [in the United States]. "Actors are often asked if they want to become directors. I don't think that's possible for me, but have you ever thought about managing?" I would like to manage high school or college ball, but I never thought at the professional level. I want to manage at the amateur level. When reporters later approached Uehara and asked if he would play for the Giants if/when he returned, he replied, "That's kind of hard to say..." Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takumi Akiyama is working out with Yomiuri's Ryota Katsuki, Yokohama's Tateki Abe, Orix's Yoshihisa Hirano, Mamoru Kishida, and Motoki Higa, and Seibu's Tatsushi Masuda at the NTT Nishi Nihon facilities in Kyoto. Their workouts will run through to about the 20th. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015
  • Yamato told reporters on Sunday that Yutaka Wada called him and told him over the phone that he was going to be used in center this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015
  • Mauro Gomez should make the start of spring camp this year. He is slated to arrive in Japan in late-January. Gomez was given permission to start spring camp on February 6 because his wife's pregnancy. He ended up arriving in Japan on February 10 because of complications with his newborn daughter. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Shinobu Fukuhara and Minoru Iwata signed advisory contracts with Rawlings. Source: official announcement
  • Mondays's 3,000-meter run: second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki - 11:35; fifth round draft pick Kai Ueda - 12:50; third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi - 13:24; first round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama - 13:46; fifth round draft pick Koki Moriya - 14:06. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka should be okay to attend Ichi-gun spring camp. There is no need to rush him, but his rehab is going well and he should be able to handle the workout routine, though there might be some adjustments. He could play in scrimmages or rehab games some time in late-February. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015 ... Nishioka could play in a practice game against Orix on February 28. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma likes to take a lot of soft-toss batting practice using various grips and swings during the pre-season. When he played college ball, he some times hit 2,000 baseballs a day. He hit 145 baseballs after general workouts on Sunday. Noma is planning to spend most of his batting practice time before spring camp with soft-toss because he believes it helps him build a strong foundation for the rest of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015, Daily Sports 1/12/2015
  • Sixth round draft pick Tetsuya Iida could toss a bullpen session on the 15th. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yudai Kawai has been training in Guam with Softbank's Kenichi Nakata and Lotte's Kento Yachi since the 9th. They are slated to return on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki tossed twenty-five pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday. He threw at about seventy percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015 ... Yamasaki used to throw close to 200 pitches in the bullpen on January 6 when he played college ball. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Second round draft pick Ren Kazahari took things a little easy during practices on Monday because of general tightness in his right leg. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • The 2014 draft class ran three 1,000-meter races, with five minutes of rest in between, during workouts on Sunday. Fifth round draft pick Yusaku Nakamoto recorded the best times in all three races: 3:30, 3:24, and 3:18. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2015, Sanspo 1/12/2015
  • Yoshinori Sato left for Okinawa out of Haneda Airport on Sunday. He is planning to toss bullpen sessions on one day of rest during his workouts before the start of spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015 ... Yoshinori will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sanspo 1/12/2015
  • The two through four slots in the batting order could go Shingo Kawabata, Wladimir Balentien, and Yuhei Takai. Keiji Obiki could bat sixth or seventh. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2015

[1/11/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.12, 2015 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto ran the three kilometer on Saturday in twelve minutes and twenty-nine seconds, good for fourth out of eight players. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami might not have a chance to toss a bullpen session before the start of spring camp once he begins workouts with Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda because the training facilities he will be using has no bullpen. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015
  • Yutaka Wada would like to try giving Takashi Toritani another chance to bat lead-off this season. He tried it last season, but had to drop him to third when Tsuyoshi Nishioka got hurt. Kosuke Fukudome could bat third. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015, Sponichi 1/11/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2015
  • Nishioka will be competing with Hiroki Uemoto for the everyday job at second. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015 ... Ryota Arai and Ryota Imanari will be competing for the job at third. The player that loses out at second could join the mix at third. Soure: ZakZak 1/11/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka is planning to assign the 2014 draft class to Ni-gun spring camp because he is worried about them working too hard. Players that appear ready for Ichi-gun spring camp could be called up some time around February 16. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/11/2015

[1/10/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.11, 2015 @ 2:25 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano, Ryuya Matsumoto, and Taishi Ota left Japan out of Narita Airport on Saturday. They will be training in Hawaii. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015
  • Ikusei second round draft pick Takuya Kawai finished a 3,000-meter run in first place with a time of eleven minutes and four seconds on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yutaka Wada told guests at a New Year's event on Friday that he planned to give Shintaro Fujinami a start during the opening series against the Chunichi Dragons (March 27-29). This will allow Wada to give Fujinami two starts against the Yomiuri Giants in April (April 3-5 and April 17-19). Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015 ... Wada is thinking about keeping Takashi Toritani as captain and using Tsuyoshi Nishioka at second. He is also open to the possibility of assigning second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/10/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015
  • With Toritani returning, Nishioka would like to play second. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2015, Sponichi 1/10/2015
  • Sanspo wonders if part of the reason why Toritani ended up staying with the Tigers had to do with his agent, Scott Boras. Or, if the fact that Toritani selected Boras signified a decision to think more about his future than about fulfilling a dream. Bottom line: if he really wanted to play in the United States, he could have. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015 ... Toritani may have agreed to a five-year deal worth an estimated two billion yen. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class began at the Ni-gun facilities in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima on Saturday. Workouts started at 10:00am and lasted about six hours. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class began at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015
  • Top three finishers in Saturday's two-kilometer run: Ikusei second round draft pick Kodai Ishigaki, eighth round draft pick Masashi Yamamoto, and Ikusei third round draft pick Masaru Fujiyoshi. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class started at the Toda facilities in Saitama on Saturday. Ikusei first round draft pick Shogo Nakashima had problems with his left knee and was not a part of the main group. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015
  • Second round draft pick Ren Kazahari was slated to move into the team dormitory on Thursday but could not because his flight was canceled due to bad weather. He arrived on Friday at around 1:00pm. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015
  • Nobuyuki Okumura was training in Kumamoto when he received word that the Swallows selected him as part of their compensation for losing Ryoji Aikawa to the Yomiuri Giants. He had to travel about 1,200 kilometers on Friday to make Yakult's press conference in Kita Aoyama, Tokyo. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015 ... Okumura left Kumamoto by plane at 7:40am and checked-in with the Giants one last time at around 11:00am. He was at the Yakult offices by 12:30pm and the press conference began at 1:00pm. Source: Sponichi 1/10/2015
  • Former Swallow Hiroki Sanada (30) will be a pitcher/coach for the Fukushima Hopes (BC League) this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015

[1/9/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.10, 2015 @ 12:19 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi, Tomoya Inzen, Daisuke Nakai, Harutomo Tsuji, and Seibu's Ryota Wakiya left for Okinawa on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • Shinnosuke Abe shaved portions of Ryosuke Miyaguni and Nobutaka Imamura's heads as a sign of how they need to step up for the team to move forward. Source: Sponichi 1/9/2015
  • Hirokazu Ibata, Chunichi's Shuhei Takahashi, and Yokohama's Shigeo Yanagida worked out for about six hours in Yamaga, Kumamoto on Friday -- weight training in the morning and practices on the field in the afternoon. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • The 2014 draft class (nine players including two Ikusei players) moved into the team dormitory in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima on Friday. Training camp for the 2014 draft class will begin on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 1/9/2015
  • Ryosuke Kikuchi, Yuichi Hisamoto, Takaya Toda, and Shohei Habu worked out in Izu, Shizuoka on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The 2014 draft class (twelve players including three Ikusei players) moved into the team dormitory in Nagoya on Friday. Training camp for the 2014 draft class will start on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015, Sanspo 1/9/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class began on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamzsaki was the seventh player (out of a possible eight) to finish a 3,000 meter run on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2015 ... Fifth round draft pick Koki Yamashita recorded the best time at twelve minutes and thirty-six seconds. Fourth round draft pick Motoharu Fukuchi finished the run in sixteen minutes and fifty-four seconds. Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2015

[1/8/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.09, 2015 @ 1:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura returned to Japan on Thursday. He spent the last month training in Hawaii. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015
  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi is about ninety-one kilograms. He is looking to drop five kilograms because he considers his ideal weight to be eighty-six. Source: Sponichi 1/8/2015
  • Senryokugai Kazuki Mori retired and started working for a security company this year. He plans to take college courses at night to earn a teaching degree. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama has not done any throwing since the 21U World Cup in November last year (about two months). Source: Sports Hochi 1/8/2015, Daily Sports 1/8/2015 ... Yokoyama wants to avoid getting hurt and does not plan on throwing a ball until he feels his body is ready. He does not mind starting out at Ni-gun spring camp, so long as he manages to make it to Ichi-gun for the start of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka has not prepared an outfielder's glove because the Tigers have not approached him about playing the outfield. He is still only focused on playing either second or short. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2015 ... "First, I am thinking about second base. I feel so strongly about playing second or short, I'm almost willing to do it in a back-up role. I have not prepared an outfielder's glove and I have no intention of doing so. I also have no intention of being a back-up player," said Nishioka to reporters on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015 ... A slightly different quote on playing second: "When I joined Hanshin, they needed me at second, but I got hurt and [Hiroki] Uemoto stepped up and got the everyday job. When I was with Lotte, there were players like Makoto Kosaka, but when they got hurt, I won the job. Perhaps that kind of competition is good for the team. If I end up in the back-up role, then that's that. Of course, I don't intend to be a back-up player." Source: Sanspo 1/8/2015 ... Yutaka Wada would like to be the first person to talk to Nishioka about where he might be playing this season. Said Wada, "I'm sure he's already thinking about where he wants to play, but I have nothing to tell him at this point. But I things are going in a direction where that will change over the next few days and I'd like to be the first to tell him." Source: Sanspo 1/8/2015
  • Takashi Toritani could provide the Tigers with an answer some time early next week. Source: Sanspo 1/8/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • If Kenta Maeda gets the opening day start on March 27, Hiroki Kuroda could start the third game of the season on March 29. "I would [ideally] like to give [Hiroki Kuroda] a chance to make his first start at Mazda Stadium. There's the fans to consider. It might also make it easier for him to get into the season. The first step is really important. I want to help him get into a good rhythm," said pitching coach Tatsumi Une. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015, Sponichi 1/8/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows have informed the Yomiuri Giants about their compensation for losing Ryoji Aikawa. They have reportedly asked for a player and money. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2015

[1/7/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.08, 2015 @ 2:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei, Fuminori Yokogawa, Itaru Hashimoto, and Ryusei Kitanosono left for Miyazaki out of Haneda Airport on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka began workouts with Naoto Nishida, Nippon Ham's Sho Nakata and Haruki Nishikawa, Softbank's Ryuma Kidokoro, and Lotte's Naoya Emura. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015 ... Nishioka had been working out in Los Angeles between the end of last year and the start of the new year. Source: Sponichi 1/7/2015
  • Yamato is preparing to play both the infield and outfield. He has also ordered infield and outfield gloves. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015
  • The five members of the 2014 draft class participated in their first practices at Naruohama on Wednesday. 2014 draft class training camp will begin on the 8th. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015
  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama moved into the team dormitory on Tuesday with only baseball equipment and clothes. He left everything else, including his car, to the Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima baseball team. He also left the glove he used last year and purchased a new one. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Battery coach Mitsuo Tatsukawa's wife died of colon cancer on December 29, 2014. She was fifty-three. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Six members of the 2014 draft class -- first round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki, second round draft pick Kenta Ishida, fifth round draft pick Koki Yamashita, sixth round draft pick Hiroki Momose, seventh round draft pick Satoshi Iizuka, and Ikusei first round draft Toi Kamei -- moved into the team dormitory in Yokosuka on Wednesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/7/2015, Daily Sports 1/7/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015
  • Shun Tono worked out with mixed martial artist Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015
  • Senryokugai Takuro Ito signed with the Gunma Diamond Pegasus (BC League). He hopes to make it back to the NPB. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuichi Matsumoto and Shinichi Takeuchi left Japan out of Narita Airport on Wednesday. They will be training in Saipan. Source: Sponichi 1/7/2015
  • Third round draft pick Koji Yamakawa and seventh round draft pick Izumi Hara moved into the team dormitory in Toda, Saitama on Wednesday. Yamakawa moved in with a special order pillow and blanket that cost about 250,000 yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015, Sponichi 1/7/2015

[1/6/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.07, 2015 @ 12:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The eight members of the 2014 draft class moved into the team dormitory on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015 ... First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto left his home in Gojo, Nara at 5:00am with his parents and grandmother and arrived at the dorm past noon. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015
  • Shinosuke Abe, Hisayoshi Chono, and Hayato Sakamoto began their workouts at Paseo Stadium in Guam on the 6th. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015
  • Shuichi Murata, Kazunari Sanematsu, and Masaki Sakaguchi left for Okinawa out of Haneda Airport on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2015
  • Yuki Koyama, Yuya Kubo, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Tetsuya Utsumi, Shoki Kasahara, Nobutaka Imamura, Ryosuke Miyaguni, and Hiroshima's Jumpei Ono left for Guam on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015, official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Koichi Ogata still considers Kenta Maeda the leading candidate for the opening day start. Hiroki Kuroda could join the mix, depending on feedback from the pitching coaches. Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2015
  • Takahiro Arai leg pressed 600 kilograms during workouts on Monday (one set of ten reps). Arai's dream scenario for 2015: hitting a home run while batting clean-up in a game Hiroki Kuroda started. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao will be training in Guam for about ten days. He will be working on his inner and trunk muscles. He will continue his off-season workouts in Tottori when he returns. Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shun Yamaguchi left Japan out of Narita Airport on Monday to begin workouts with Chunichi's Takuya Asao in Guam. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Morioka dropped three kilograms in one month by cutting back on carbohydrates. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Tetsuya Terada got a tour of the dorm facilities in Toda on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Yusaku Nakamoto and Ikusei first round draft pick Shogo Nakashima moved into the team dormitory in Toda, Saitama on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015