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PL News and Notes: Softbank Hawks to hand out iPads to players

by on Apr.29, 2011 @ 7:28 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Takahiro Mahara worked out with the Ni-gun and San-gun players at Gannosu Stadium yesterday.  It seems Mahara plans on starting over from the beginning with lots of running and lower body exercises.  There is currently no timetable for Mahara's return to Ichi-gun.

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The Hawks have a no tattoo policy.  It's the reason why Alex Cabrera had to wear long-sleeve shirts.  But it seems Koji Akiyama has gaven Cabrera permission to skip the long-sleeve shirt.  Said Akiyama, "I think [the tattoos are fine].  [I mean] it's a difference in cultures.  [He wanted to take the undershirt off because] I think it may have been messing with his swing.  He did start swinging the bat better after [taking the undershirt off]."

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The Hawks plan on giving all their players an iPad 2.  The Hawks handed out special iPhones in 2009 loaded with software that allowed players to check on prior game footage.

Nippon Ham Fighters

The media learned yesterday that the Fighters game against the Orix Buffaloes on 5/15 will be broadcast in Korea on SBS CNBC.  There's also a good chance Yuki Saito could be pitching on that day (based on the current rotation).

Rakuten Eagles

Carrasco was back at Kleenex Stadium running around in the field.  Earlier this month (on the 16th), Carrasco injured his right Achilles tendon while doing a back-flip.