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[3/2/2013] Nippon Ham, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

by on Mar.02, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Masaru Takeda is scheduled to start an exhibition game against Yomiuri on the 6th.  After that, he will spend most of his time working out at Kamagaya, which is close to home.  His pre-season tune-up starts will also take place in games nearby: Kyoiku League game against Rakuten on the 14th at Kamagaya, exhibition game against Rakuten on the 21st at Tokyo Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani attended his high school graduation today.  He was given a special merit award.

Source: Sanspo 3/2/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/2/2013

Otani will be the starting DH in a Kyoiku League game against Yomiuri on the 3rd.  He is also scheduled to toss a bullpen session before the game.

Source: Sanspo 3/2/2013, Sports Hochi 3/2/2013

The Fighters are planning to make an announcement if they decide to play Otani during an exhibition game against Yomiuri on the 6th.  The coaches will likely decide on his availability by the 4th.  Depending on how things go, they may continue to make subsequent announcements before each game he plays in.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2013

Otani is thinking about donating medical treatment equipment -- like an oxygen capsule or an ultrasonic therapy device -- to his high school.

Source: Sponichi 3/2/2013

Softbank Hawks

Kodai Senga was scheduled to make a relief appearance against Yomiuri today, but could not because he had a fever.  His test for the flu came back negative.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2013

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1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama's next outing will likely be in an exhibition game against Yokohama on the 7th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2013

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Ryota Igarashi topped out at 152km/h during his outing agaisnt WBC Cuba on Friday.

Source: Nikklan Sports 3/2/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Yasunori Kikuchi is scheduled to start Sunday's exhibition game against Yokohama.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2013

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1st round draft pick Yudai Mori attended his high school graduation on Friday.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/2/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Naoya Masuda is scheduled to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Rakuten on the 4th.  If he has a good outing, he could pitch in an exhibition game against Hanshin on the 7th.

Source: Sanspo 3/2/2013

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The final twenty-seven members of the 2013 cheer-leading squad have been selected.  Eleven new members have been added (out of the 140 for that submitted applications).  The squad will be unveiled on the 13th (exhibition game vs Seibu at QVC Marine).

Source: Sponichi 3/2/2013