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Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: February 19, 2013

by on Feb.19, 2013 @ 11:28 pm, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani: bullpen, fifty-two pitches, including slider, curve, and change
  • Masaru Nakamura: bullpen, 140 pitches, all fastballs
  • Yusuke Uemura: bullpen, fifty-eight pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013, Sponichi 2/19/2013, Sponichi 2/19/2013


Hideki Kuriyama is waiting for younger players to step up (particularly at second and right), but none have so far.  At least not to a point where he feels there is a clear cut winner.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013


Yusuke Uemura was called up; Keisaku ItokazuTomohisa Nemoto, and Yodai Enoshita were sent down.

Source: Sponichi 2/19/2013


1st round draft pick Shohei Otani is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 21st.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013

Otani could make his debut as a pitcher and hitter during an exhibition game against Yomiuri at Sapporo Dome on March 6.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/19/2013

2 comments on “Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: February 19, 2013

  1. Chris

    Hey Gen, this is a completely random question, but how is the name Mariko pronounced? Is it MarEEko or MAHriko? I didn’t know where else to ask this so thanks for answering such a random request!

  2. fighting ham


    Japanese doesn’t function like English. Mariko? The easiest advice is, try to give equal weight to every syllable.

    When a word ends in a vowel, which many Japanese words inevitably do, English (and probably many other European languages) speakers unconsciously tend to put emphasis on the penultimate syllable. Don’t do that in Japanese.

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