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Around the NPB Horn: Sledge, Castillo, and Bootcheck arrive in Japan

by on Jan.29, 2010 @ 11:14 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...In celebration of their 75th anniversary, the Tigers are working on a project called Dream Link.

Dream Link is the codename for a series of promotions that Tigers are planning on holding during the season, like giveaways (Dream Link Day) and seat packages that include Tigers-themed scarves / mufflers and towels (Dream Link Seats).

Hiroshima Carp

...The Carp held a press conference for Justin Huber, Carlo Alvarado and Jeff Fiorentino on Thursday.

They were also assigned their numbers:

Justin Huber - 11
Jeff Fiorentino - 43
Carlo Alvarado - 91

...The Carp players had the day off on Thursday.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Atsunori Inaba and Kensuke Tanaka worked out for about 4 hours in Nago, Okinawa on Thursday.  They're training included batting practice and playing catch.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes' Junior Baseball School (for elementary school kids) will hold a baseball clinic at Kyocera Dome on 3/6 after an exhibition game against the Chunichi Dragons.  There will be batting , fielding, and tee-ball practice.

The clinic will begin 30 minutes after the end of the game and will run for about 90 minutes.

Rakuten Eagles

...Juan Morillo dropped by Kleenex Stadium on Thursday to check out his new digs.  Seems he also took a liking to Sendai.

Seibu Lions

...A class on drug abuse was held in a police station in Tokorozawa on Thursday.  About 150 players and team personnel attended the 30-minute class.

...The Lions held a talk event at the main Seibu Railways Building on Thursday that featured Yusei Kikuchi and Kimiyasu Kudo.  It was also the first time the two players met.

5,250 people showed up for the event, which also included the Lions' send-off ceremonies.

...The Lions held a press conference for Dee Brown on Thursday.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Takao Obana has said that the manager has three jobs: assemble the team, set the tone of the games, and help shape the players.  He has also said that he won't use players that can't sacrifice themselves.

...Terrmel Sledge, Jose Castillo, and Chris Bootcheck all arrived in Japan on Thursday.

...Takehiro Ishikawa ended his training in Arizona and returned to Japan on Wednesday.  He was in Yokosuka at Bay Stars Stadium on Thursday to continue his workouts.

Yomiuri Giants

...Norihito Kaneto held his first bullpen session of the year on Thursday and tossed 28 pitches.

...Micheal Nakamura worked out on his own at Kawasaki on Thursday.  He told reporters that he wants to work at his own pace and that he just wants to be ready to throw a bullpen session by the 2/1 or 2/2.