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PL News and Notes: January 5, 2012

by on Jan.06, 2012 @ 1:04 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks held a ceremony to start the New Year at Yahoo Dome on Thursday.  About 50 employees took part in the event.

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Shota Oba worked out with Tsuyoshi Wada at Hieizan Enryakuji in Shiga on Thursday.  They ran up hills for about 90 minutes before zazen meditation.  The two will continue their training in Miyazaki, beginning on Friday.

Oba also had his hair shaved down.

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Hiroki Kukubo figures he should be able to reach the 2,000-hit mark some time around 5/13.

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura worked out for about two hours at Seibu 2 Stadium on Thursday.  After some running, he spent about an hour taking BP.

Nakamura used the thinner bat (by about 2mm) he ordered earlier during the winter.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama attended Nippon Ham's Start of the Year Ceremony on Thursday.  About 800 employees attended the ceremony.

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Sho Nakata worked out with Tomoaki Kanemoto and Takahiro Arai (HAN) at Athlete (gym) on Thursday.

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Naoki Miyanishi has appeared in 50+ games in each of the four seasons he has pitched in the pros.  He is hoping to extend that streak to five this year and has his sights set on about 70 appearances.

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Terrmel Sledge would like to win one more championship ring with the Fighters before he retires.  Sledge suffered an inguinal hernia in September and is making good progress in his recovery: he started taking BP in November.

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes and Osaka City Dome held an opening New Year ceremony at Kyocera Dome on Thursday.

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Hirotoshi Kitagawa started his workouts on Wednesday.  Kitagawa is working his way back from a ruptured left Achilles tendon.  He took light BP and started throwing.

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles announced on Thursday that Koji Aoyama's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weight 3,990 grams, earlier in the morning.

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Ginji worked out at Kleenex Stadium on Wednesday.  Workouts included running, soft-toss BP, and about 200 swings in the cages.

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Pitchers like Satoshi Nagai, Kelvin Jimenez, Ryohei Isaka, Kenji Tomura, and Kohei Hasebe are expected to compete for the four open spots in the starting rotation.  Senichi Hoshino is also looking for at least one more left-handed starer to join the staff.

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Masahiro Tanaka is interested in learning more about nutrition and supplements from Yu Darvish.

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Chiba Lotte Marines opened for business on Thursday.

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Yuki Karakawa is aiming to become the quickest Lotte pitcher out of high school to lead the league in victories.  Fumio Narita (25 victories in 1970) and Masaaki Kitaru (24 victories in 1971) both accomplished the feat in their sixth years.

He also told reporters that he is still not yet ready to get married.