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[3/6/2014] Masahiro Tanaka, Ichiro Suzuki, Yoshinori Tateyama

by on Mar.06, 2014 @ 6:14 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 3/5 NYY 4
TBR 5
CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 .200
Batted third. 1B9 (R), G5, L3 (DP). Replaced on defense in the 6th. Nikkan Sports 3/6/2014, Sponichi 3/6/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 3/5 PIT 6
TOR 4
3B-2B-LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Entered the game in the 6th on defense at third. He moved over to second in the 7th and left in the 9th. G6. Daily Sports 3/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/6/2014, Sponichi 3/6/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 3/5 COL 8
TEX 2
DH 3 1 0 0 1 2 1 .167
Batted sixth. G3, Ks, BB (R), Ks. Daily Sports 3/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/6/2014, Sponichi 3/6/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 3/5 NYY 4
TBR 5
  7 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the 6th with New York down 5-4. Nikkan Sports 3/6/2014

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Name Type Date NP Notes
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 3/5 25 Sponichi 3/6/2014, Sanspo 3/6/2014

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[3/4/2014] Tsuyoshi Wada, Masahiro Tanaka, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Mar.04, 2014 @ 4:28 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 3/3 WSN 2
NYY 4
RF 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 .143
Batted seventh. E6 RBI (R), F7, BB. Replaced on defense in the 7th. May have taken an HBP during his third at bat, but the home plate umpire did not make the call. The catcher was apparently laughing, according to Ichiro. Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014, Daily Sports 3/4/2014, Sponichi 3/4/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 3/3 KCR 7
CWS 9
RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 .182
Batted lead-off. G5, G3, F8. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 5th. Daily Sports 3/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 3/3 TOR 2
MIN 12
SS-LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Entered the game on defense at short in the bottom of the 5th. Moved from short to left in the bottom of the 7th. F8. Committed a throwing error in the bottom of the 6th (the expanded replay system was used on the play, original call was Kawasaki's throw pulled the first baseman off the bag, play stood after review). Played the outfield for the first time in his MLB career. Daily Sports 3/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014, Sponichi 3/4/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 3/3 WSN 2
NYY 4
  5 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the 8th with New York up 4-2. Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014, Daily Sports 3/4/2014
Koji Uehara BOS 3/3 BOS 6
PIT 7
  3 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 4th with Boston down 6-1. Sponichi 3/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014
Junichi Tazawa BOS 3/3 BOS 6
PIT 7
  4 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 5th with Boston down 6-1. Sponichi 3/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 3/3       2.0 2 2 2   2 1  
Practice game against Giants. Entered the game in the 7th with Chicago up by four runs. Gave up a two out, two-run home run to Roger Kieschnick in the 7th. He retired the side in order in the 8th. Topped out at 92mph. Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014

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Name Type Date NP Notes
Masahiro Tanaka Bullpen 3/3 31 Sponichi 3/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa Bullpen 3/3 29 All fastballs, third session. Sponichi 3/4/2014

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[2/28/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Masahiro Tanaka, Norichika Aoki

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 5:11 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 2/27 PIT 8
NYY 2
RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 
Batted third. F7, G4. Replaced on defense in the 6th. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 2/27 TEX 11
KCR 7
RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Batted lead-off. Ks, G6(E)+SB, G4. Replaced on defense in the 6th. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yu Darvish TEX 2/27 TEX 11
KCR 7
29-23 8 2.0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0.00
Started the game; topped out at 96mph. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 2/27 PIT 8
NYY 2
  4 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 6th with a runner on first and two out. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
Shunsuke Watanabe BOS 2/27 NEU 2
BOS 5
  3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the 5th. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014

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Name Type Date NP Notes
Daisuke Matsuzaka ISG 2/27   Pitched two innings in an intra-squad game, beginning in the 3rd. Gave up two runs on a hit in two innings of work. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
Kyuji Fuijkawa Bullpen 2/27 28 All fastballs; second session. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014

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Seattle Mariners

The latest on Hisashi Iwakuma, from MLB.com's Greg Johns:

... Iwakuma will see a doctor on Friday to have his finger reexamined after injuring the tendon in the middle digit of his throwing hand when he caught it in a net while doing drills prior to the start of camp. The initial estimate was that the standout right-hander would be out 4-6 weeks and manager Lloyd McClendon is waiting to see where that stands.

"We'll keep our fingers crossed, no pun intended," he said. "It would be great [if he is ahead of schedule], but we'll just wait and see."

Source: MLBlogs 2/27/2014

And from a separate article posted on Sunday by Johns:

Injured Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma did some dry work on a bullpen mound Sunday, going through his throwing motion first without a ball and then using a towel wrapped around his hand.

... Sunday's drills were designed to at least help keep his arm in throwing shape.

Source: MLB.com 2/23/2014

New York Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka had dinner at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar with a number of reporters from New York on the 26th. GM Brian Cashman also made a surprise appearance. The total cost was under 2,000 US dollars. The reporters paid for the dinner this year. Tanaka will foot the bill next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014, Tokyo Sports 2/28/2014, Zak Zak 2/28/2014

[2/26/2014] Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka, Kensuke Tanaka

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 7:39 pm, under MLB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Norichika Aoki 2/25   Played in an intra-squad game; started in right and batted lead-off; went 0-for-1 (ground out to pitcher, former Hawk Brad Penny).  Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
Munenori Kawasaki 2/25   Played in an intra-squad game; was a designated hitter and batted eleventh; went 1-for-1 (single to left in the 3rd); moved to left in the 4th.  Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Yoshinori Tateyama BP 2/25 17 Faced 4 hitters; allowed one could-be hit.  Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
Tomo Ohka ISG 2/25   Pitched in an intra-squad game; tossed one inning and retired the side in order (F7, G5, F9).  Sponichi 2/26/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa Bullpen 2/24   Threw 20-25 pitches; first session since he had Tommy John surgery last June.  Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014, MLB.com 2/25/2014

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Boston Red Sox

Shunsuke Watanabe is scheduled to pitch in a practice game against a college team on the 27th.  He tossed batting practice to minor league hitters on the 25th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

Chicago Cubs

Tsuyoshi Wada will pitch in an intra-squad game on the 26th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

New York Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka will make his spring training debut on March 1.  From Newsday's Erik Boland:

Masahiro Tanaka's spring training debut will come the same day as CC Sabathia's and Hiroki Kuroda's.

... Joe Girardi disclosed after Tuesday's 8-3 victory over Florida State in the Yankees' exhibition opener that the trio would all pitch Saturday afternoon against the Phillies at Steinbrenner Field.

Sabathia will start the game, followed by Kuroda and Tanaka, whose every move this spring has been extensively chronicled by the Japanese and American media.

... Each pitcher will be limited to two innings or 35 pitches, whichever comes first.

Source: Newsday 2/25/2014

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The Yankees played pool after after workouts on the 24th.  Tanaka was paired up with Francisco Cervelli.

Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014

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Yoshinori Tateyama is slated to pitch in an exhibition game against the Tigers on the 28th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

Texas Rangers

Ron Washington officially told Yu Darvish on the 25th that he was going to be the opening day starter.  From the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant:

This isn’t exactly breaking news, but Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington officially informed Yu Darvish he’d be the club’s opening day starter against Philadelphia on March 31.

... “He doesn’t show much excitement ever,” Washington said. “So when he shrugged his shoulders a little, I took that for excitement. I wanted to get it out of the way early so he could just prepare. The message that goes along with it is that he’s our horse.”

Source: Dallas Morning News 2/25/2014

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Kensuke Tanaka did not show up on the field for practices on the 25th because he was getting treatment for some tightness in his lower back.  He told reporters he felt some discomfort in the area during practices on the 24th.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

[2/24/2014] Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka, Yoshinori Tateyama

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 2:50 pm, under MLB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 2/23 31 Before general workouts; from wind-up and set positions; spoke to coaches for about twenty minutes after the session.  Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
Yoshinori Tateyama BP 2/23 23 Faced three hitters; first outing as batting practice pitcher.  Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
Tomo Ohka BP 2/23 34 Faced four hitters; mixed in some fastballs; second outing as batting practice pitcher.  Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
Shunsuke Watanabe BP 2/23 15 First outing as batting practice pitcher.  Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
Yu Darvish BP 2/22 34 Face three hitters; mixed pitches; fourteen swings; two hit into play, one could-be hit; threw at about eighty percent; third outing as batting practice pitcher.  Sanspo 2/24/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014, Sponichi 2/24/2014

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Boston Red Sox

  • Shunsuke Watanabe is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 25th.  He could also pitch in a practice game against a college team on the 27th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014

New York Mets

New York Yankees

Texas Rangers

[2/20/2014] Shunsuke Watanabe, Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui

by on Feb.20, 2014 @ 7:30 pm, under MLB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 2/19 30 Third session.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014
Tomo Ohka Bullpen 2/19 35 First session; mostly knuckleballs.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014
Yoshinori Tateyama Bullpen 2/19 40 First session.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014
Shunsuke Watanabe Bullpen 2/19 38 Including breaking pitch; using minor league baseball.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014

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Shunsuke Watanabe met former teammate Julio Zuleta and posted some thoughts on his blog.  He mentions that Zuleta is interested in returning to Japan.

Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2014

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Ichiro Suzuki told the Associated Press he did not get frustrated with the news of the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran.  His reaction, was "oops."  Asked about reaching 3,000 hits, he said it was not a goal he was thinking about right now, but might should he ever get closer to it.  He added that he was taking things one year at a time.

Source: Associated Press 2/19/2014 (Washington Post)

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo will be celebrating Ichiro's 4,000th NPB+MLB hit with a special exhibition that will open on February 22 and run for about year.  Various memorabilia, including uniforms from the three organizations he has played for (Orix, Seattle, New York), will be put on display.

Source: official announcement

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Masahiro Tanaka could toss some batting practice on the 21st.

Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2014

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Funai Electric extended their partnership agreement with the Boston Red Sox.

Source: Press Release 2/19/2014 (Funai)

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The New York Daily News' Christian Red has written a piece on Hideki Matsui.

“The timing of when I retired and when (my son) was born was pretty much the same time. It was a big turning point in my life,” Matsui says. “My life is so drastically different, to where (my son) almost makes you forget about baseball, or that I was even playing baseball. It’s been great. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with my family and my son. It’s been a wonderful experience so far. I feel I’m very lucky to spend this much time with my family.”

Source: New York Daily News 2/18/2014 via Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014

Matsui flew from his home in New York to Tampa on the 19th.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/20/2014

[2/18/2014] Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Feb.18, 2014 @ 4:26 pm, under MLB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Daisuke Matsuzaka Bullpen 2/17 43 Everything except the forkball.  Sanspo 2/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014
Shunsuke Watanabe Bullpen 2/17 29 Including breaking pitches.  Sanspo 2/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014

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Yu Darvish spent some time signing autographs after workouts on the 17th.  He is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 18th.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014

Sanspo has posted a portion of Darvish's interaction with the media on the 16th.

How is the hip you hurt last season feeling?

It took a while.  I felt some discomfort until about mid-January.  But I think it got better after going to Hawaii in February.

Did the warmer weather help?

Yeah.  Japan was cold, so I was worried about heading to spring training straight from there.  But there's nothing in Arizona and I thought Hawaii, with its beaches, might be the better option.

Were you able to relax?

I felt good emotionally, but more than that, I was able to do a lot of running.

Your body seems leaner.

I get that a lot, maybe it's the hair and the facial hair.  But I have definitely gotten leaner, or at least, my fat percentage dropped.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014

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Tomo Ohka did not participate in workouts on the 17th because he was getting a physical.  He is expected to join workouts on the 18th.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014

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Shunsuke Watanabe could pitch in a practice game against a college team on the 27th.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014

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General workouts for Masahiro Tanaka on the 16th started at 10:45am and ended at around 12:00pm.  The schedule included playing catch (with Hiroki Kuroda), infield drills, fielding practice, and running (about forty meters, eight times).  He also did some weight training before general workouts.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014

Sanspo has posted portions of Tanaka's interaction with the media on the 16th.

How was the running?

It wasn't a long distance, so I managed it.

Hiroki Kuroda helped explained the workouts to you.

Even if the coaches explain it to me, I don't understand a word they say, so that really helped.

Do you know when you will start facing hitters?

We have not spoken about that yet.  I have no idea.

You were joking around with teammates in English. (Referring to the ribbing he received from teammates about his one-mile run on the 15th)

There are some things I can make out, but that was kind of messing around.  I sort of knew what was going on.

There are Japanese fans.

I can more or less tell by how they pronounce my name, like if they were Japanese, but I don't know if they are from Japan.  But it makes me happy if there are people [that come to see me from Japan].

Fielding practice in the bullpen is rare in Japan.

It is the same as taking grounders on the mound.  It really didn't feel any different.

What are your thoughts on fielding?

Doing the things that I can, this kind of thinking applies on defense as well.  If I can record an out, then I want to make sure I can do it.  I feel defense is very important.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014

On-the-field general workouts on the 17th lasted about an hour (according to Tokyo Sports, they started at 10:30am and ended around 11:20am).  Tanaka is scheduled to toss his third bullpen on the 18th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014, Tokyo Sports 2/18/2014

Yoshinori Tateyama joined workouts on the 17th as planned.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014

[2/17/2014] Yu Darvish, Shunsuke Watanabe, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.17, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under MLB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Yu Darvish Bullpen 2/16 34 Second session; including breaking pitches.  Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 2/16 33  Threw everything except cutter.  Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014

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Yu Darvish told reporters he had discomfort in his hips until early January and that it did not fully go away until he went to Hawaii in February.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014

ESPN's Richard Durrett has a bit more:

... Darvish told the Japanese reporters shortly after his 34-pitch bullpen session -- his first of spring training and ninth this offseason -- that his trainer recommended he quit lifting heavy weights and that the hip felt better starting in mid-January.

Darvish said he trained mostly in Japan this offseason, but did spend some time in Hawaii and that the warm weather also helped him physically. He was given an injection right after the season for pain in his back, but reports shortly after that were that his back felt better.

Source: ESPN 2/16/2014

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Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa played some catch and did some long toss on the 16th.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014

Shunsuke Watanabe was assigned the number thirty-one.  He posted a photo of his jersey on his blog.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014

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Norichika Aoki made his way to Arizona from Los Angeles on the 15th and worked out at the Royals' spring training facilities on the 16th.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014

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Munenori Kawasaki has been working out at the Blue Jay's spring training facilities.  His locker is next to Tomo Ohka's.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014

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Workouts for Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka on the 16th were mostly centered around fielding drills.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014

Joe Girardi told reporters on the 16th that he heard Yoshinori Tateyama was going to start workouts on the 17th.

Source: Sanpso 2/17/2014

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Sanspo has posted addition more of Tanaka's interaction with the media from the 15th.

Your first day is done.  How different are things compared to Japan?

In general, practice times are shorter.

GM Brian Cashman mentioned he considered you the team's third starter.

Once you get on the mound, it no longer matter where you pitch in the rotation.  I just want to think about winning when I take the mound.  I do not care where I pitch in the rotation.

How different are the balls and mound?

There are obviously differences, but I will never be able to pitch if I keep on talking about those things.  There are even differences in mound heights from stadium to stadium in Japan.  Right now, those things aren't really stressing me out.

Will you be able to adjust?

I have to.

How do you relax?

I like to relax in my own room, that was the case in Japan too.  I also like golf, so if I can get some time in here, that would be nice.

Were you embarrassed to change in a clubhouse full of reporters?

I just changed as I normally do today.  If people want to watch, feel free.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014

According to a report by ZakZak, Tanaka did not apply for an international drivers license and is relying on his PR assistant, Yoshiki Sato, to drive him around.  He apparently does not like driving.

Source: ZakZak 2/17/2014

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Hideki Matsui is scheduled to join the Yankees as a special spring training instructor on the 20th.  Matsui left for New York out of Narita Airport on the 17th.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014

[2/16/2014] Yoshinori Tateyama, Koji Uehara, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.17, 2014 @ 1:36 am, under MLB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Masahiro Tanaka Bullpen 2/15 32 Sanspo 2/16/2014
Hiroki Kuroda Bullpen 2/15 36 Sanspo 2/16/2014

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Kyuji Fujikawa and Tsuyoshi Wada did some light workouts on the 15th that included fielding practice and running.  Wada is scheduled to toss another bullpen session on the 16th.

Source: Sponichi 2/16/2014

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Yoshinori Tateyama is scheduled to arrive in Florida on the 16th and will join workouts on the 17th due to visa delays.

Source: Sponichi 2/16/2014

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Koji Uehara arrived in Florida in the middle of the night on the 14th because of flight delays caused by snow and cold weather.  He missed pitcher workouts on the 15th, but still did some stretching, played some catch, threw the ball a max distance of about seventy meters, and tossed some pitches off a mound to a standing catcher for about two minutes.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/16/2014

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About 100 members of the media (United States and Japan) covered Masahiro Tanaka on the 15th.

Sanspo has posted portions of Tanaka's interaction with the media from the 14th and 15th.

From the 14th

Anything you will be careful of during camp?

Camp has not started yet, so I can't really say, but I do believe I will have to adjust to everything.  Not what in particular, but I think everything in general.

Did you bullpen session from the day before go as planned?

It was the first time I really threw the ball, so I think I did okay.  But it was more about getting a feel for things.

How is your communication in English going?

I can't really speak English.  But I will try to do my best to communicate with people.  Obviously, this is something I am working on.

Do you feel any jet lag?

A little.  I still get a little tired when it is early in the morning [in Japan].

Any memorable event take place in the United States yet?

The paparazzi showing up all of a sudden a number of times while I was in Manhattan.

What about in Tampa?

They were chasing my car in Tampa too.  It has been difficult.

Source: Sanspo 2/16/2014

From the 15th:

Things began with you getting a lot of attention.

I did not overdo things.  Being in this kind of situation is great for a player, but I have not proven anything on the mound yet.  I want to make sure I prepare myself for that.

What are the differences between spring training here and spring camp in Japan?

Practice times are shorter.  The one-mile run was pretty tough.

You went through the same routines as Hiroki Kuroda.

He has been doing this for a number of years in the Majors and he has managed to keep his spot in the Yankee rotation.  I am grateful for the opportunity to work out with him.  This is really a great environment.

Do you feel pressure to get out there as fast as possible and do well?

Winning will be the most important thing once I get on the mound.  Hopefully that kind of thinking will allow me to do well early on.

Source: Sanspo 2/16/2014

Tokyo Sports has also posted portions of Tanaka's interaction with the media on the 15th.

How was your bullpen session?

It was just the second time I really threw the ball, but it was better than my first session and I think it was okay, I do not think it went badly.

It didn't upset your stomach?

No, nothing like that.

What did it feel like throwing in between Hiroki Kuroda and C.C. Sabathia?

I didn't really have much time to think about that.  I knew Sabathia was behind me, but I felt like I had to hurry up and pitch.

What about differences with the ball and mound?

There are obviously differences, but I don't think I'd be able to compete if I kept thinking about those things.  There are differences, but each stadium in Japan had different mounds and the ball isn't really given me too much stress at this point.

Do you think you will be able to adjust?

This isn't really about whether I will be able to, but rather something I have to do.

The tempo seemed a bit fast, how is the pacing for you?

I was still able to carefully throw each pitch and it was an okay session, I do not think it went poorly.

How was the meeting?  Did you say anything?

I do not think it was all that different from Japan.  I did not have a chance to speak.

How are you relaxing?

I think I can relax when I have time to spend in my own room.  That was the case when I was in Japan.  I also like golf so I'd like to do some of that if I have the time.

What are you looking forward to most?

I think the thing I look forward to most is baseball.  That is why I came over here.  Everything is connected.  Hopefully I can work everything out in my head during the season.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/16/2014

Tanaka's day on the 15th:

  • Players were scheduled to gather at the facilities at 9:15am for a 9:30am meeting.  Tanaka was told he could arrive at any time, so long as he made the meeting in time.  He arrived at 9:04am.
  • Tanaka showed up on the practice field wearing his training clothes at 10:47am.
  • He started off by playing catch with Hiroki Kuroda.  About five minutes later, the two began throwing in the bullpen.  GM Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi were present.  That was followed by four laps around the field.  Tanaka headed to the clubhouse to continue his workouts in the training room at around 11:30am.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/16/2014

Four Japanese companies have taken out ads at the Yankee Florida facilities: Sunstar, THK, Toshimaya, Sato Seiyaku.  Three agreed to deals after Tanaka signed.  Each company is probably paying about twenty million yen.

Source: Sponichi 2/16/2014

[2/14/2014] Tsuyoshi Wada, Yoshinori Tateyama, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.14, 2014 @ 3:57 pm, under MLB
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Tsuyoshi Wada will be late to camp because of delays in obtaining his visa.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2014

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Yoshinori Tateyama is also apparently experiencing some delays with his visa and may not be able to make camp until the 16th (17th Japan time), at the earliest.

Source: Sponichi 2/14/2014

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Masahiro Tanaka tossed a bullpen session on the 13th: five to a standing catcher and twenty-three to a squatting catcher (including breaking pitches).  Pitching coach Larry Rothschild watched over the session; Francisco Cervelli caught the session.

Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2014Daily Sports 2/14/2014, Daily Sports 2/14/2014

Comments from Rothschild and Cervelli, via the New York Posts' Dan Martin:

... “He only threw 25 pitches,” Cervelli said. “We have to see the whole spring training.’’

... Asked what he thought of the splitter, Cervelli said: “It was good. Today was windy and a little chilly. … In spring training, we’re going to see more of Tanaka.”

... “The fastball comes out so well,” said Cervelli, who will be fighting for a backup job this spring. “His mechanics are so smooth.”

... “I think the adjustments are going to be made, it’s just a question of how long it takes,” Rothschild said. “I’m trying right now to moderate his schedule according to what he’s done in the past because he’s stayed healthy throughout his career.”

... “We’ve got plenty of time,” Rothschild said. “He’s got to get into games and into the season and [see] just how he reacts to the different schedule. It’s not an overnight thing. It’s a process.”

That process will include not only a new schedule, but a different sized ball and different mounds. As long as Tanaka continues to be open to making changes, Rothschild is confident he will be fine.

Source: New York Post 2/13/2014

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Former Softbank Hawk Yao-Hsun Yang has signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates that includes an invite to major league spring training.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2/13/2014 via Sponichi 2/14/2014

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Hideki Matsui will be a spring training instructor for the Yankees.  From the New York Post:

Hideki Matsui will join the Yankees as a spring-training instructor, The Post has learned. The beloved former player was scheduled to arrive in Tampa on Tuesday.

... The 39-year-old Matsui should be able to help newly signed Masahiro Tanaka in the transition from Japan to the Yankees. The two spoke briefly during the Yankees’ recruitment of Tanaka. Matsui is expected to remain with the Yankees until spring training games begin.

Source: New York Post 2/11/2014