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PL News and Notes: January 29, 2012

by on Jan.30, 2012 @ 4:40 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Training camp for the 2011 draft class ends on Monday.

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The Fighters announced on Sunday that Kensuke Tanaka (30) filed marriage papers with TV reporter Chiho Nishimori (26).

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The 2011 draft class may only have two chances to show what they are capable of: intrasquad games on February 7 and 9.

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Yuki Saito had a chance to meet Hideki Matsui during a wedding party on Saturday.

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Team owner Hiroji Okoso would like to see 7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima develop into a player that can star in Nippon Ham commercials.

Past players that have appeared in Nippon Ham commercials: Itsuki Shoda and Tsuyoshi Shinjo.

Seibu Lions

Training camp for the 2011 draft class ended on Sunday.

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Enrique Gonzalez and a number of other foreign players worked out at Seibu 2 Stadium on Sunday.  Gonzalez closed while playing winter ball in Venezuela and could be a candidate to close for the Lions.

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Yusei Kikuchi is thinking about tossing his first spring camp bullpen session on the second day of spring camp -- he wants to avoid pushing himself too hard from the first day of camp.

Orix Buffaloes

Akinobu Okada checked into the team hotel in Miyakojima on Sunday.

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Dae-Ho Lee arrived in Japan on Sunday.

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Okada would like to see Shunta become a hitter like Munenori Kawasaki or Yuichi Honda (SOF) -- get on base and get into scoring position.

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Hayato Terahara wants to avoid the second-year jinx he suffered the year after he was traded from the Softbank Hawks to the Yokohama Bay Stars.

2007 - first year with Yokohama, 12-12
2008 - second year with Yokohama, 3-9
2011 - first year with Orix, 12-10
2012 - second year with Orix, ?-?

Chiba Lotte Marines

Norifumi Nishimura told reporters on Saturday that he would like to see Yuki Karakawa win 15 games this season.  He also said that Karakawa had a chance to win the opening day start.