Borrowed Yomiuri outfielder, ’97 home runs’ Yamakawa-Murakami 3-4, Sasaki’s first practice match starting sortie

The Japanese national team, which is missing three major league outfielders, uses temporary support players. Seiya Matsuhara (Yomiuri) plays right fielder in a practice match against Softbank Hawks held at Sunmarine Stadium in Miyazaki on the 25th. 30 players from the Japanese national team brought players who were not on the roster.

The World Baseball Classic (WBC) Japan national team has a total of five outfielders. Among them, Seiya Suzuki (Chicago Cubs), Masataka Yoshida (Boston), and Las Nutba (St. Louis), who belong to major league clubs, did not attend the camp training. They will complete their team schedule and join in early March. Because of this, a situation arose where they had to play practice games without a professional outfielder.

On the 24th, the day before the practice game, Japanese national team coach Hideki Kuriyama announced the starting lineup for the Softbank game in advance. Left fielder Kensuke Kondo (Softbank), center fielder Shuto Ukyo (Softbank), and right fielder Matsuhara filled three outfield positions. Shooto is a utility resource that travels between the infield and the outfield, but was classified as an outfielder when the national team was announced.

Kazumi Okamoto (Yomiuri), whose main position is third baseman, has been training in left field, and will play first base for the first practice game. First baseman Yamakawa Hotaka (Seibu) is the designated hitter.

It is the first actual game of the Japanese national team aiming for the championship. 바카라

Rocky Sasaki (Chiba Lotte), the youngest protagonist of the “Perfect Game,” will start, and Munetaka Murakami (Yakult), who won the youngest “triple crown” in batting, will play as the fourth hitter.

The Pacific League and Central League, home run kings of both leagues are lined up in the 3rd and 4th batting order. Number 3 Yamakawa hit 41 homers last year, Murakami hit 56. Okamoto, the home run king of the Central League in 2020-2021, enters the 7th batting order.

The Japanese national team will move to Nagoya after two practice matches against Softbank on the 25th and 26th. March 3-4 against Chunichi Dragons in two consecutive matches, March 6-7 in Osaka against Hanshin Tigers and Orix Buffaloes are scheduled for evaluation matches. He will play a total of 6 matches and enter the 1st round of the WBC. Our first opponent on March 9 is China. Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) is a strong starter for the opening game.

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