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Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: March 1, 2013

by on Mar.01, 2013 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB

The 10th Season Home Ceremony took place outside of Sapporo Station today.  About 1,260 fans were in attendance.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

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The Fighters announced that Saturday's exhibition game against Yakult was pushed back to 3:00pm.  Stadium gates will still open at 12:30pm.

The Swallows had difficulty with their flight into Sapporo because of bad weather.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

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The Fighters announced that Atsushi Kita had successful surgery on his left shoulder (fracture dislocation).  He will begin a rehab program at Kamagaya after he is discharged from the hospital on the 4th.

Kita hurt the shoulder while playing defense in the 1st inning of a practice game against Yokohama on February 16.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

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Masaru Takeda threw seventy-three pitches in the bullpen on Thursday.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/1/2013

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Yuki Saito will remain at Ichi-gun at least until the 5th (there are various functions he has to attend).

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

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Reporters are still not allowed to hang around 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani for a sound bite.  They are expected to wait until the end of practices to speak to him.

"I am very sorry, but [the interview rule] will remain in effect.  This next month will also be very important.  I would to ask for everyone's cooperation, this way we will all be able to see Shohei pitch and hit on the same day as soon as possible," said Hideki Kuriyama.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013

Otani threw forty-one pitches during batting practice on Thursday.  He threw twenty pitches to Takahiro Imanami and allowed three could-be hits.  He threw twenty-one pitches to Atsushi Ugumori and allowed one could-be hit.

Otani could play in the following games: as a hitter during a Kyoiku League game against Yomiuri on March 3, in right batting third in an exhibition game against Yomiuri on March 6, and as a pitcher during a Kyoiku League game against Yakult on March 10.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013

Of the forty-one pitches Otani threw during batting practice: three were swinging strikes, five were called strikes, seven were fouled off.  Of the twenty-six strikes thrown, eleven were hit into fair territory, including the four could-be hits.

Otani took forty-one swings during batting practice on Thursday and collected twenty-two hits, including five that went over the fence.

Source: Sponichi 3/1/2013

Otani could pitch in an Kyoiku League game against Yakult on March 10.  Depending on his progress, he could pitch in an Ichi-gun exhibition game against Rakuten on March 21.

Otani graded his spring camp a perfect 100%.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

Otani left Kamagaya today to attend his high school graduation.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

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2nd round draft pick Tatsuya Morimoto attended his high school graduation today.  He returned to Kamagaya later in the day and will return to practices on Saturday.  He is expected to play in a Kyoiku League game against Yomiuri on Sunday.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/1/2013

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Kuriyama graded spring camp a -10% on Thursday.

"I wanted to show [the players] how hard I was working to create a good environment, but I think I may not have been able to get that feeling across. ... I really wanted [younger players] to step up.  But it is what it is. ... You are expected to do you best in this business.  You need to put up results while doing your best," said Kuriyama.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013