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[2/26/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

by on Feb.26, 2013 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Masaru Takeda will become the first left-handed pitcher to get an opening day start in franchise history since Kazumi Takahashi in 1982.

He will also become the first left-handed, home-grown pitcher to get an opening day start in franchise history.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2013

Hideki Kuriyama wrote two letters on Shigeo Nagashima's birthday (February 20): one to Takeda to let him know he was the opening day starter, and another to Mitsuo Yoshikawa to let him know that while he was not selected as opening day pitcher, he was a necessary part of the rotation.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2013

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Hiroshi Kisanuki was told on Sunday that he made the opening day starting rotation.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2013

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

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2013

Otani could make a start during a Kyoiku League game against Yakult on March 10.  He is scheduled to attend his high school graduation on March 2 and rejoin the Ichi-gun team in Sapporo for a rookie fan event on March 6.  After that, he will report to Ni-gun Kamagaya.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2013

Otani took forty swings during pre-game batting practice today and hit none over the fence.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2013

Seibu Lions

Yasuyuki Kataoka still feels some pain in the right wrist he had surgery on last fall and will take things day-by-day for the rest of February.  He may not play in a game until some time in March.

Source: Sponichi 2/26/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks closed out spring camp in Miyazaki today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2013

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The players worked out for about two hours indoors after their practice game against Seibu was canceled due to poor ground conditions.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2013

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Hayato Terahara is scheduled to pitch in a practice game against Brazil on the 28th; 1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama in a practice game against WBC Cuba on March 1.

Source: Sanspo 2/26/2013

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Brian Falkenborg did not pitch in Sunday's exhibition game against Seibu because of discomfort in his right elbow.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2013

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Vicente Padilla had a difficult time with the signals during practices on Monday -- the interpreter had to be called on a number of times to makes sure everything was ok (the Hawks have over ten signals for various pick-off plays).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2013, Sports Hochi 2/26/2013

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The new big screen at YafuOka Dome was unveiled to reporters today.

Source: Sanspo 2/26/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Takashi Saito is scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game on the 28th.  The right calf he injured is doing better.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2013

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Yoshinao Kamata spent about an hour throwing 135 pitches in the bullpen on the 23rd.  He also made minor adjustments to his mechanics throughout the course of the session.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2013

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Senichi Hoshino feels Wataru Karashima could be an interesting option if Masahiro Tanaka is not able to make the opening day start.

Source: Sponichi 2/26/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yuji Nishino's practice game start against Rakuten was canceled today because of the rain.  He is now scheduled to pitch in a practice game against Doosan on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2013

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