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[3/11/2012] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Orix

by on Mar.11, 2013 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

3,450 fans attended Sunday's Kyoiku League game at Kamagaya Stadium -- the outfield area had to be opened because there were not enough seats.  Source: Sanspo 3/11/2013

111 members of the media covered Sunday's game.

Source: Sponichi 3/11/2013

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Hideki Kuriyama told reporters today that 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani will play in an exhibition game against Rakuten at Tokyo Dome on the 21st.  He is expected to see time as both a pitcher and a position player.

Source: Sponichi 3/11/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/11/2013

Seibu Lions

2nd round draft pick Makoto Auichi joined the Ni-gun team for workouts today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2013

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3rd round draft pick Yuji Kaneko could become the first rookie in franchise history to make the opening day starting line-up since Taketoshi Goto in 2003.

Source: Sponichi 3/11/2013

Softbank Hawks

The mounds at YafuOku Dome were re-made using the same kind of black dirt used last season, but packed in a little tighter.  The roof was also opened to allow the mounds to dry.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2013

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Ryota Igarashi has yet to give up a run in any of the eight pre-season games he has pitched in (exhibition, practice, and intra-squad).

Brian Falkenborg has not pitched recently because he scraped/cut his right ring finger while at home.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2013

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Yuki Yanagita shaved his hair down on Sunday after going 0-for-6 with four strikeouts in two games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Senichi Hoshino, Motohiro Shima, Ryo Hijirisawa, Koji Aoyama, and Teppei participated in a memorial service for the Tohoku Earthquake that took play in Matsuyama, Ehime today.  They all took a moment of silence at 2:46pm, the time the earthquake struck.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes are selling an Ichiro 51 BlueWave Legend uniform.

Source: official announcement, product page