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Softbank, Orix, Lotte: December 10, 2012

by on Dec.10, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Yuya Hasegawa visited Iizuka Hospital today in Fukuoka today and met about seventy patients.  He gave everyone an autographed baseball.  Hasegawa has been visiting the hospital every year since 2009.

"The patients give me strength with their smiling faces," said Hasegawa.  "At first, I did not know how to approach people in hospitals, but now I am having fun speaking to everyone.  The hospital staff also supports me.  I can feel the excitement."

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2012


Tu-Hsuan Lee met with the Hawks at Yahoo Dome today and placed a fifty percent raise (from 4.8 million yen to 7.2 million yen) on hold because he was not satisfied with their evaluation of his season.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2012


Takahiro Mahara worked out at the Saitozaki training facilities on Sunday.  He is working his way back from the right shoulder surgery he had in February.  He started tossing bullpen sessions to a standing catcher in November.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2012

Mahara feels he will be able to get himself to 100% by the start of spring camp.   He plans to work out with Tadashi Settsu and Hayato Terahara next month.  He also is not stuck on closing.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 12/10/2012


There is apparently a way of hitting that involves breaking down stances into four main groups: on your toes with force leaning inward (A1), on your toes with force leaning outward (A2), on your toes with force leaning inward (B1), and on your toes with force leaning outward (B2).  Toru Hosokawa is a B2 type and is modifying his stance accordingly.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2012


The Hawks announced that Naoki Matoba (35) joined the staff as an advance scout.  Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/10/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Yuki Nishi got a special one million yen bonus for tossing a no-hitter against Softbank on October 8.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2012


The Buffaloes will continue to make improvements to their team through the winter until the start of spring camp.  Additional foreign players and potential trades will be considered.  Source: Sanspo 12/10/2012


The Buffaloes are not be in any rush to decide on which unprotected Softbank player they will select as compensation for losing Hayato Terahara.  They hope to select a young player without any injuries.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2012

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines are currently/still waiting to hear back from Seth Greisinger.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2012