Category: International

[2/25/2017] Seiichi Uchikawa leaves games early with bruised right shoulder

Seiichi Uchikawa suffered an injury when he crashed into Ayatsugu Yamashita at first base during today’s practice game against the Softbank Hawks. Uchikawa could not catch a low throw from catcher Seiji Kobayashi on a bunt and was attempting to retrieve the ball when he crashed into Yamagshita running toward first.

A stretcher was brought out onto the field, but Uchikawa was able to get up and walk with help from a trainer. He was taken to a hospital in Miyazaki for tests (x-ray and MRI) and was diagnosed with a bruised right shoulder. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2017, Daily Sports 2/25/2017Nikkan Sports 2/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2017, Sponichi 2/25/2017, Sponichi 2/25/2017


Softbank Hawks 2 – Samurai Japan 0 (February 25, 2017)

Softbank Hawks vs Samurai Japan @ Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Softbank 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 4 0
Samurai Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2

Attendance: 27003 | Time: 3h4m



[2/24/2017] February 25 Samurai Japan Starting Line-up

Softbank vs WBC Japan on February 25

Starting line-up

  1. Tetsuto Yamada dh
  2. Ryosuke Kikuchi 2b
  3. Hayato Sakamoto ss
  4. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo lf
  5. Sho Nakata 1b
  6. Seiya Suzuki rf
  7. Nobuhiro Matsuda 3b
  8. Shota Ono c
  9. Shogo Akiyama cf
  10. Shota Takeda sp

(Kodai Senga is scheduled to follow Takeda)

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2017


[2/18/2017] Nikkan Sports: Ishikawa could get start against Cuba

According to Nikkan Sports, there is a good chance Lotte’s Ayumi Ishikawa will get the first start of the World Baseball Classic on March 7 against Cuba. He could then be followed by Yomiuri’s Tomoyuki Sugano on March 8 against Australia and Softbank’s Shota Takeda on March 10 against China. Rakuten’s Takahiro Norimoto could be available to pitch out of the bullpen on March 7 with his first start on either March 11 (tiebreaker, if necessary) or first game of the second round on March 12.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2017


[2/17/2017] Akio Ishii selected to manager Samurai Japan amateur team

The Japan Amateur Baseball Association announced on February 17 that they selected former Tokyo Gas Manager Akio Ishii as the next manager for the Samurai Japan amateur team. Tsuyoshi Ando was manager of the team, but he recently accepted a job at Tokai University.

Source: Sponichi 2/17/2017


[2/11/2017] Samurai Japan New and Notes

News and notes from February 10 and 11.

  • Takahiro Norimoto could get the start against Cuba on March 7, then pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the tournament. Source: Sponichi 2/11/2017, Sanspo 2/11/2017 … Or, the start against Cuba could go to either Ayumu Ishikawa or Shota Takeda, with Norimoto in the bullpen. Depending on how things go, he could then get a start on March 11 (tiebreaker game, if necessary) or March 12 (first game of the second round). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/11/2017
  • Yuki Matsui could be used in the seventh, eighth, or ninth innings. Source: Sponichi 2/11/2017
  • Tetsuto Yamada could be used as a designated hitter to make room for Ryosuke Kikuchi at second. Norichika Aoki, Yamada, and Kikuchi will most likely be used at the top of the order. If Yamada and Kikuchi both make the starting line-up, they could be split up in the order. Kikuchi could bat second behind Aoki and Yamada could bat sixth. Hiroki Kokubo likes Kikuchi’s glove and Yamada’s speed/bat. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/10/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/10/2017, Sponichi 2/10/2017Sponichi 2/10/2017

[2/9/2017] Final Samurai Japan World Baseball Classic Roster

Final Samurai Japan roster with designated pitchers pool. Also a list of other NPB players participating in the World Baseball Classic.



[2/5/2017] Samurai Japan New and Notes

Samurai Japan news and notes from February 5:

  • Hiroki Kokubo is planning to use Tomoyuki Sugano, Takahiro Norimoto, Ayumu Ishikawa, and Shota Takeda as his main starters.
  • Norimoto appears to be the favorite to get the first start of the tournament on March 7 against Cuba.
  • There were plans to use Shintaro Fujinami, Kazuhisa Makita, Kodai Senga, and Hirotoshi Masui as long relievers, but that changed after Shohei Otani was taken off the roster. The four pitchers will now most likely be used as ordinary relievers with an eye on pitch counts.
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda will most likely get the start at third and bat ninth.
  • Seiichi Uchikawa will most likely be used as either a designated hitter or a right-handed bat off the bench.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2017, Sports Hochi 2/5/2017, Sports Hochi 2/5/2017, Daily Sports 2/5/2017, Sanspo 2/5/2017, Sponichi 2/5/2017


[2/4/2017] Shota Takeda takes final spot on WBC roster

Samurai Japan announced today that Shohei Otani will be replaced by Shota Takeda on the World Baseball Classic roster. He will wear the uniform number 30.

Source: Samurai 2/4/2017


[2/3/2017] Samurai Japan News and Notes

News and notes from February 3:

  • The batting order may taking shape. Hayato Sakamoto could bat third, followed by a combination of Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Sho Nakata in the four and five spot. Seiichi Uchikawa is a candidate to bat sixth.
  • The first two spots in the order could go to Norichika Aoki and Ryosuke Kikuchi.
  • Shintaro Fujinami could move from bullpen to rotation, now that Shohei Otani is out of the picture.
  • Tomoyuki Sugano could get the opening game start against Cuba on March 7. He will most likely become the ace of the staff. Nikkan Sports seems to think Sugano  could get the game two start against Australia with Takahiro Norimoto getting the opening game start. 

Source: Chunichi Sports 2/3/2017, ZakZak 2/3/2017, Daily Sports 2/3/2017, Daily Sports 2/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 1/3/2017, Sponichi 1/3/2017, Sponichi 1/3/2017

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Softbank 143 83 54 6
Lotte 143 72 68 3
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Rakuten 143 62 78 3
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