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Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines: February 24, 2013

by on Feb.24, 2013 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Kenshi Sugiya would like to play second.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani handled three fly balls without any difficulty after taking over in right in 5th inning of Saturday's exhibition game against Hanshin.  Hideki Kuriyama thought about letting him play another inning, but pulled him after the 6th.

Source: Sponichi 2/24/2013

Otani also fielded a single to right with runners on first and second and one out in the 6th.  His throw to the cut-off man was off-mark and rolled toward the catcher at home plate.  There was no error on the play.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2013

Otani participated in evening practices on Saturday night (about an hour beginning at 7:30pm).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2013

Otani threw sixty-two pitches in the bullpen today.  He threw catchers Shinya Tsuruoka, Shota Ono, and Kensuke Kondo.  Mitsuo Yoshikawa and Hirotoshi Masui tossed sessions at the same time.

Otani hit five over the fence during batting practice.

Source: Sponichi 2/24/2013, Sports Hochi 2/24/2013

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Tomohiro Nioka and Kazuya Murata are tourism ambassadors to Rumoi, Hokkaido.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2013

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Tokyo Gakugei University presented Hideki Kuriyama (an alumnus) with their first Honor Award.

Source: Sanspo 2/24/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions collected fourteen hits and six walks during an exhibition game against Softbank on Saturday.  Thirteen of fourteen hits were singles.  The one extra base hit was a double by Hideto Asamura in the 5th.  Eight batters came to the plate in the 1st inning and got the pitcher to throw forty-one pitches.

Source: Sponichi 2/24/2013

Softbank Hawks

Hayato Terahara threw fifty-one pitches in the bullpen today.  He will toss another session on the 26th before starting a practice game against WBC Brazil on the 28th.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Including today's exhibition game start against Yomiuri, 2nd round draft pick Takahiro Norimoto has not allowed any runs over eleven pre-season innings (four games, including intra-squad).

Source: Sponichi 2/24/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Takahiro Fujioka has been working on a new change-up this off-season.  He was planning to test it during today's exhibition game start against Yokohama, but only threw it once (bounced in from the catcher and was ruled a wild pitch) because he did not have a good feel for it.

Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2013

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Yasuhiko Yabuta was sent to Ni-gun spring camp in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima today since the team has no plans of using him in a game.

Source: Sanspo 2/24/2013