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[3/16/2013] Nippon Ham, Rakuten, Lotte

by on Mar.16, 2013 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Masaru Takeda started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama today and gave up two runs on four hits over two innings of work.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani threw sixty-seven pitches in the bullpen on Friday and took forty swings during batting practice and hit two over the fence.

Source: Sanspo 3/16/2013

Otani played in today's exhibition game against Orix.  He started in right and batted seventh.  He went 0-for-3: struck out swinging, lined out to the pitcher, struck out swinging.

Source: Sanspo 3/16/2013, Daily Sports 3/16/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Brandon Duckworth has not allowed a run over his last nineteen innings of work (four pre-season games).

Source: Sponichi 3/16/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshihisa Naruse, Takahiro Fujioka, and Shunsuke Watanabe are the only pitchers that have a spot in the starting rotation.  Yuki Karakawa and Seth Greisinger would be included in the group, if not for problems with their right elbows.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2013