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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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


Dae-Ho Lee arrived in Japan on Sunday.


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


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.