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Pacific League News and Notes: January 28, 2011

by on Jan.28, 2011 @ 10:43 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


Chiba Lotte Marines

Shen-Fu Tsai arrived in Japan today.

Tae-Kyun Kim worked out at Chiba Marine Stadium today.  He also spent about 2 weeks working out in Hawaii during the winter (lots of running).

Norifumi Nishimura visited Naritasan Shinshoji Temple today in order to pray for a successful season.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Wirfin Obispo told reporters yesterday that he tossed 3-4 bullpen sessions while he was back home in the Dominican Republic (even had the catcher sit).  For yesterday's session, he said he threw at about 80%.

Orix Buffaloes

Evan MacLane told reporters yesterday that he looked forward to facing Alex Cabrera again.  The two faced each other at the Venezuelan Winter League in 2007 and 2008.

The Buffaloes announced that SBS Business Network in Korea purchased broadcast rights to 72 home games.  The Buffaloes also announced that they signed a sponsorship deal with Han Game (their logo will show up on home batting helmets and uniforms.  And beginning on 1/30 at 8pm, their official website will also be offered in Korean (by the sounds of it, they'll be using an automatic translation program).

Rakuten Eagles

Takeshi Yamasaki lost 6-7kg by running and walking 30km during his training in Hawaii (he weighed as much as 111kg and dropped that down to 103kg before returning to Japan at 104kg).  And today, Yamasaki dropped by the children's ward at Sendai Red Cross Hospital.  He also gave money he raised at various event to a child support organization and handed out autographed baseballs to the kids.

The Eagles announced today that Spring camp will be broadcast live over Nico Nico Douga.  They will also provide a live stream (beginning at 1:30pm) of their 2011 Season Rakuten Eagles Uniform Presentation ceremony that's scheduled to take place on 1/30.  That stream will be carried by Ustream.

Softbank Hawks

Alex Cabrera, Jose Ortiz, Brian Falkenborg, Dennis Houlton, and Anthony Lerew arrived in Japan today.

Seiichi Uchikawa worked out at the Saitozaki training facilities yesterday.  The coaches are currently on planning on having Uchikawa work out in both the infield and outfield during spring camp.  In response to this, Uchikawa told reporters that he'll win a starting job at any position he's needed in.  Uchikawa also worked out Saitozaki today (running, playing catch, BP) and said that he's been actively seeking out his new teammates to learn more about them.

Tsuyoshi Wada was a station master for the day at Fukuoka Subway Hakata Station today.