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[2/28/2013] Nippon Ham, Rakuten, Lotte

by on Feb.28, 2013 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters closed out Nago spring camp today.  The Fighters still need to figure out who will play right and second.

Source: Sponichi 2/28/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani faced Atsushi Ugumori and Takahiro Imanami during batting practice today.  He threw forty-one pitches and allowed four could-be hits.  He topped out at 150km/h.

Otani also took some batting practice.

Source: Sanspo 2/28/2013Nikkan Sports 2/28/2013Sports Hochi 2/28/2013

The Fighters are not planning to use Otani as both a pitcher and position player in one game until he gets some more experience under his belt.

Otani is expected to pitch in a Kyoiku League game at Kamagaya some time on or after March 10.

Otani did not lose or gain any weight during spring camp -- he started at eighty-seven kilograms and finished at eighty-seven kilograms.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2013

Four of the twenty pitches Otani threw in the bullpen on Wednesday were curves.

Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2013

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Pitching coaches Takeshi Shimazaki and Tomohiro Kuroki and head coach Eijiro Ai gave players an opportunity to sit down and meet with them during workouts on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2013

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Dustin Molleken will leave the team for the US on March 1 and meet up with WBC Canada.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Takahiro Shiomi did not pitch in today's practice game against Doosan because of discomfort in his left shoulder.

Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2013

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Ryo Hijirisawa will likely be the lead-off hitter this season, but could also see some time in the two-hole.

Source: Sponichi 2/28/2013

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In seven pre-season practice games (through Wednesday), Ginji has gone 12-for-25.  He has also collected at least one hit in each of the seven games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2013

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Former manager Katsuhiro Nomura will become a guest professor at Nippon Taiiku University.  An official announcement will be made on March 4.

Source: Sanspo 2/28/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Wil Ledezma left for the US out of Narita Airport today.  He will join WBC Venezuela in Los Angeles.

Source: Sponichi 2/28/2013