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Pacific League News and Notes: January 29, 2011

by on Jan.29, 2011 @ 5:59 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Chiba Lotte Marines

Tae-Kyun Kim wants to start and end the season batting clean-up.  Kim started 2010 batting fourth, but was later dropped down to the 6th and 7th spots in the line-up in September.  In January, Kim spent 2 weeks (beginning on the 9th) working out with the Hanwha Eagles in Hawaii.  And during the 6-hour long practice sessions, he spent most of it running in order to strengthen his lower body.

Orix Buffaloes

Akinobu Okada and the Ichi-gun coaching staff arrived in Miyakojima today.  They arrived early in order to check out the training facilities and to make sure all the coaches are on the same page.

The sponsorship deal the team signed with Han Game is apparently a 1-year deal worth 100M yen.  And in addition to logos on helmets and uniforms, the logo will also show up on the Buffaloes' new electronic advertising billboard behind home plate.  The Buffaloes will also be holding a press conference for Seung-Yeop Lee and Chan Ho Park at a ritzy hotel in Osaka.

Rakuten Eagles

Akinori Iwamura worked out for the second straight day at Kleenex Stadium today.

Iwamura and Kazuo Matsui merchandise (t-shirts, sweat bands, mobile phone straps, and towels) will go on sale beginning on 2/1.  They will be available at the team shops, as well as their online store.

Seibu Lions

Brian Sikorski arrived in Japan today and told reporters that he had already held three indoor bullpen sessions during the off-season.

Yusei Kikuchi threw about 30 pitches to a squatting catcher today and told reporters that his training was coming along just fine.

Softbank Hawks

Koji Akiyama, Sadaharu Oh, team players, and staff (about 100 in all) visited Hakozakigu Shrine today in order to pray for a successful season.  Around 2,500 fans showed up.

Keisuke Katto turned to judo training (Fukuoka University's Women's Judo Team) this winter.

The Hawks held a press conference for Alex Cabrera and Anthony Lerew at Yahoo Dome today.  Cabrera said he his goal for the season was to bat .300, hit 20 homers, and record 100 RBI.