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[3/12/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Rakuten, Orix

by on Mar.13, 2013 @ 2:54 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Dai-Kang Yoh returned to the team on Tuesday.  He is expected to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against Rakuten.

Source: Sanspo 3/12/2013, Sponichi 3/12/2013

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Masaru Takeda is scheduled to start an exhibition game against Rakuten at Tokyo Dome on the 21st.  1st round draft pick Shohei Otani will likely follow and pitch an inning in relief before moving to the outfield.

Source: Sponichi 3/12/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/12/2013

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Otani played in a Kyoiku League game against Yokohama at Kamagaya on Tuesday.  He was the starting DH and batted third.  He flied out to right in his first at bat in the 1st, hit a single to right in his second at bat in the 4th, and struck out swinging his his third at bat.

Source: Dailiy Sports 3/12/2013

Otani went 1-for-4.  His pre-game bullpen session was canceled and shifted to Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2013

Seibu Lions

Four players collected donations for northern Japan after Monday's Kyoiku League game against Rakuten at Seibu 2 Stadium.

Source: Sanspo 3/12/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Akihisa Makida is moving away from the high leg kick when swinging the bat.

Source: Sanspo 3/12/2013

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The Eagles held a press conference for Tatsuro Iwasaki in Matsuyama on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 3/12/2013, official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

Mamoru Kishida joined Ichi-gun practices on Tuesday and told reporters that he no longer had any concerns about his left hamstring.

"Things are going well.  I feel good.  I am not worried [about my left leg]," said Kishida to reporters.

He added, "I will get some work as a batting practice pitcher.  I plan to climb each step along the way as I get myself back into shape. ... I am not thinking about opening day.  I just have to keep getting better and see how it goes.  I do not think it will take much time, but I also do not want to rush myself."

Source: Sanspo 3/12/2013, Sports Hochi 3/12/2013, Daily Sports 3/12/2013

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Kei Igawa (left elbow surgery last October) is scheduled to toss situational batting practice on the 14th and then on five days of rest, pitch two innings in relief in a Kyoiku League game against Hiroshima on the 20th.

Source: Daily Sports 3/12/2013

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About 1,100 people attended a pep rally for the team at an Osaka hotel on Tuesday.  Sumo wrestler Harumafuji Kohei was a special guest.

Source: Sanspo 3/12/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/12/2013

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The team received permission from Ichiro Suzuki for the retro Ichiro uniforms they are selling.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2013

Merchandise for other players from the past will also be released moving forward.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/12/2013