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Pacific League News and Notes: January 24, 2011

by on Jan.24, 2011 @ 4:31 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


Chiba Lotte Marines

Ikuhiro Kiyota participated in the 35th Sanspo Chiba Marathon on Sunday and also had a chance to meet Olympic gold medalist, Naoka Takahashi.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Wirfin Obipso moved into the player dorms at Kamagaya today.

Orix Buffaloes

Evan MacLane will be arriving in Japan tomorrow.  Mike Hessman and Alfredo Figaro will follow on the 26th.  Press conferences for all three players will be held at Kyocera Dome on the 27th.  Chan-Ho Park and Seung-Yeop Lee are also scheduled to arrive in Japan soon.

Tickets to Buffaloes' exhibition games will go on sale on 2/1 at 10amMore information at the team site.

Rakuten Eagles

Satoshi Nagai threw 50 pitches in the bullpen to a standing catcher today.  Nagai worked out with a personal trainer this winter and returned to Sendai on the 23rd.

Senichi Hoshino wants his team to do a lot of running this season and will probably spend some time having the team work on bunting. ... Hoshino is a fan of Golgo 13.

Seibu Lions

Hisanobu Watanabe, in addition to members of the front office, visited Hakone Kuzuryu Shrine and Hankone Shine today to offer his thanks for a successful season last year and to pray for a successful season this year.

Yusei Kikuchi on how he's feeling so far this year:  "I thought too much last year.  This year, I'm not thinking too much and have been able to pitch free and clear. ... I'm not feeling any pain right now and it's getting better every day.  I haven't been able to throw like this in about a year and half.  And I'm beginning to feel that push back I feel when I'm feeling good."

Softbank Hawks

Kenji Otonari wants to ask Alex Cabrera what kinds of things went through his mind when the two faced each other in past seasons in the hopes of giving up fewer home runs this year.

The Hawks like what they see in Yuki Shimooki and could have him start the year at Ichi-gun spring camp.  On Sunday, he threw 50 pitches in the bullpen to a standing catcher.

Team director Itaru Kobayashi told reporters that the team was close to finalizing their deal with Hitoshi Tamura and that an announcement could be made on the 28th.

The Softbank Hawks will hand out points to fan club members that watch games at Yahoo Dome this year, beginning on 3/25.  More information can be found at the official Hawks' site.