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Feb 20, 2015

Otani named Fighters' Opening Day starter

Third-year pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani has been handed his first Opening Day pitching assignment, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama said Friday. A 20-year-old right-hander, Otani was one of the most impressive pitchers in the Pacific League last season, when he went 11-4 with ...

Feb 17, 2015

Iwase cuts short bullpen session

Chunichi Dragons lefty Hitoki Iwase, who has saved more professional games than any other Japanese pitcher, gave up on his second bullpen session of the spring after just 16 pitches on Tuesday. “I didn’t get a good feeling when I was throwing. If I ...

Kokubo names Samurai Japan squad for March games

Feb 16, 2015

Kokubo names Samurai Japan squad for March games

Manager Hiroki Kokubo announced a familiar-looking squad on Monday for Samurai Japan’s March games against a team of players from Europe. The noticeable changes from Kokubo’s team that faced touring major leaguers in November are with the pitching staff, where none of the aces ...

Dice-K could face rocky transition

| Feb 7, 2015

Dice-K could face rocky transition

by Jason Coskrey

Video of Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching in the bullpen on Thursday, posted online by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, revealed nothing spectacular or particularly revelatory. If anything, Matsuzaka resembled the pitcher he’s always been. His mechanics weren’t drastically different from the form he utilized last year ...

Feb 6, 2015

Lions closer Takahashi making adjustments to sinker

Seibu Lions closer Tomomi Takahashi said Friday that a sinker he’s playing around with might keep left-handed hitters more off balance this season. The 26-year-old lefty, who saved 29 games last season for the Pacific League club, threw his first bullpen of spring training ...