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[3/1/2013] Seibu, Rakuten, Orix, Lotte

by on Mar.01, 2013 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Dennis SarfateRandy Williams, and Esteban German will likely make the active roster.  Jose Ortiz and Ryan Spilborghs will probably compete for the last spot.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

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Spilborghs stood in the batter's box when Yusei Kikuchi tossed his bullpen session today.  He is expected to bat clean-up in Saturday's practice game against Lotte.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

Spilborghs is the only foreign player that is traveling with the Ichi-gun team right now.

Source: Sponichi 3/1/2013

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The Chiba public prosecutor's office sent 2nd round draft pick Makoto Aiuchi's case to family court under the category of probation.

The Lions announced that they will be holding a press conference in Kochi on Saturday.  They are expected to make some sort of an announcement on Aiuchi.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013Sponichi 3/1/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles were supposed to take a plane to Fukuoka from Miyazaki and then bus down to Nagasaki, but their flight was canceled because of equipment problems and the team instead had to split up into three groups and take a direct four and a half hour bus ride.

Casey McGehee took the change in the travel itinerary in stride and said to reporters, "I have ridden on a bus for seventeen hours [in the US].  This gave me a chance to see Japan."

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013, Sanspo 3/1/2013

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Senichi Hoshino is looking to Koji Aoyama to close out games this year.

"There is on one else other than Aoyama.  I am sure he is thinking the same.  I plan to go with him," said Hoshino.

Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2013

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Takumi Miyoshi and 5th round draft pick Hirohito Shimai will be sent down to Ni-gun for more playing time.  Toshiya Nakashima will be called up.

Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2013

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4th round draft pick Takahiro Shimotsuma was presented with the Japan Student Baseball Associations' Award of Excellence for 2012 on Thursday.

Shimotsuma is currently away from the team.  He will be attending his high school graduation on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Dicky Gonzalez could be used in relief (7th or 8th innings).

Source: Sports Hochi 3/1/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Keiichi Hirano hurt his right calf during workouts today and will likely miss Saturday's game against Hanshin.

Takayoshi Kawabata tweaked his lower back while taking extra fielding practice on February 28.  He may have strained his back.  He kept his workouts light today.

Source: Sponichi 3/1/2013

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Yuki Nishi is scheduled to start Saturday's practice game against Hanshin.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013