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    Archive for April 5th, 2008

    Kuroda’s MLB debut

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 5日 Saturday

    For a back of the rotation guy (on an admittedly very strong rotation) Kuroda faced less pressure than many other Japanese starting pitchers faced in their major league debuts, but he came up way ahead, being super efficient with a 77 pitch 7 inning performance for his first MLB win. It’ll be interesting to see how the opponents adjust to him as the season goes along, and how Kuroda will readapt himself once opposing hitters start to target his weaknesses.

    EWC has a great wrap up on Kuroda’s debut with quotes from a variety of sources around the league. I’m coming off an all-nighter, so this is about the best I can offer for tonight. 

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    NHL の新CM

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 5日 Saturday

    珍しくNHL からセンスの良いCM が出てきました。新旧のヒーローの映像、そして子供の屋内外ホッケーの映像の混ぜ具合が憎いぐらい上手いぞ。そろそろプレーオフです。オタワはやっと開幕ダッシュ以降の長い長~い眠りから、昨日トロントに8-2で大勝して、 やっと目覚めたかっ?!じゃないと第1ラウンドでいきなりスイープとかされちゃいそう…

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    IHWC Div I 2008: Japan NT preparations

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 5日 Saturday

    The Japanese national team has been preparing to host the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I tournament at Sapporo in the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan. The games will run 13 – 19 April against Ukraine, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, and Croatia.Since the end of the Asia League season, the national team has been in training in Hokkaido and has recently played 2 practice matches against Amur of Khavarovsk (an RSL team, but no idea what kind of roster the team brought over, as the box scores only indicate uniform numbers and no names).

    Game 1 ended in a 4-4 tie. All goals were scored by the 34th minute in a flurry of a first half. One of the two remaining university players, standout defenseman Haga was used in the 2nd pairing with Aaron Keller. And High1 defenseman Okubo was used in the 4th pairing, but successfully quarterbacked the power play and assisted on 2 PPGs. Kikuchi (Seibu) allowed 4 goals, though the number of shots was not recorded.

    Japan eked out a 2-1 win in game 2 against an Amur squad that was fresher after a day of rest. Obara (Seibu) scored both goals on the power play this game, and combined with his 2 PP points (1G + 1A) in game 1 and has been playing great. Haruna (Oji) continued his hot play from the AL playoffs where he reeled off 9 straight victories (only allowing more than 2 goals in a single game), as he only let in 1 of the 19 shots he faced. Haruna has the hot hand and the original Japanese NHLer Fukufuji will be tied up in the ECHL playoffs with the Bakersfield Condors, so the Oji veteran should be the starting goalie in the upcoming tournament. AL’s top scorer in recent seasons Nishiwaki who is playing with the Dayton Bombers this season, and if his team loses in the first round of the playoffs (a best of 3 play in series), then he’ll be able to squeak into Sapporo for the start of the tournament.

    JIHL/ALIH and Japanese national team veteran Ryan Kiyoshi Fujita, who always plays way above his size, was nowhere to be seen over the Amur games although he’s listed on the long list of players in training camp. It’s unknown whether he was dropped because of injury, fitness, or team plans. 

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