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[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

[2/24/2015] Spring Camp Games from February 24

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:55 am, under NPB
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[2/24/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hideki Matsui returned to New York out of Narita Airport on Monday. Source: Sponichi 2/24/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto and Takashi Toritani took extra fielding practice at second and short on Monday. They fielded grounders and worked on making throws to second. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki is set to pitch in a Ni-gun Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • Fumiya Araki missed practices on the 23rd with enteritis. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • The Tigers are interested in Nexxen's thirty-two-year-old closer Seung-Lak Son (KBO) as a possible replacement for Seung-Hwan Oh. The Tigers would like to re-sign Oh, but they are not sure what his plans are after this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015
  • The Tigers are also interested in thirty-year-old pitcher Mario Santiago. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda will start and pitch two innings in an intra-squad game on the 25th. Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Ryuji Ichioka, Allen Kuri, Shota Nakazaki, and Deunte Heath are also set to make appearances in the game. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda is set to toss batting practice on the 25th. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Yusuke Nomura has been using a practice glove during spring camp with a design that makes it look like Mazinger Z. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto will pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015 ... Yamamoto hinted that this might be his last year when he told reporters during a walk on his day off on Monday, "This might be the last of these kinds of things. Not just in terms of this camp, but over thirty-two years." He also said, "Every year I say I'm about ninety percent done," and "No matter how you look at it, this is the end of a chapter. I turn fifty this year. I want to keep things normal because it's going to be the last." Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien is slated to arrive in Japan on March 2. He may not be ready for the active roster until some time in early April. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa and Masanori Ishikawa will most likely get starts during an upcoming two-game exhibition series against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Ogawa will likely start the first game on February 28 and Ishikawa the second game on March 1. The starting line-up, one through nine, for the first game, could be: Tetsuto Yamada at second base, Shingo Kawabata at third, Lastings Milledge at designated hitter, Yuhei in center, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama at first, Yasuhiro Tanaka in left, Keiji Obiki at short, Yuhei Nakamura at catcher, and Tsuyoshi Ueda in right. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015

[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

[2/21/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.22, 2015 @ 6:14 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Miles Mikolas is set to start Sunday's exhibition game against Rakuten. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto will get the start at third and bat sixth in Sunday's Ni-gun practice game against Softbank. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is scheduled to start and pitch about three innings in Sunday's exhibition game against Chunichi. He will most likely make the team as a reliever, but the Tigers are also interested in him as a possible back of the rotation starter. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Mauro Gomez will most likely play in practice game against Yokohama on the 24th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Matt Murton would like about sixty plate appearances before the start of the regular season. He could play in his first game on March 4 against Softbank. Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2015
  • Tsuoyshi Nishioka and Hiroki Uemoto are competing for the everyday job at second base. Yutaka Wada is not in a huge rush to decide which player will be his second baseman this year and feels he does not have to make a final decision until a week or so before the start of the regular season. The loser of the battle could end up competing for a job at third base with Ryota Arai and Ryota Imanari. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015, Sponichi 2/21/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami signed a contract with sportswear maker ONYONE. Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2015, Sponichi 2/21/2015
  • Younger players will most likely be given a chance to win a spot on the active roster during a six-game stretch between February 21 and March 3. The games after that will most likely go to the everyday players. Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroki Kuroda will most likely make starts on five to six days of rest this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Former manager Kenjiro Nomura is attending Red Sox spring training as a visiting instructor for about ten days. Source: Sponichi 2/21/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto is set to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on the 26th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015
  • Junki Ito was sent down to Ni-gun camp on Saturday. He was told about the move during practices and continued his workouts at Yomitan Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015

Yakult Swallows