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[3/17/2013] Nippon Ham, Softbank, Rakuten

by on Mar.17, 2013 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Masaru Takeda is expected to throw about 100 pitches or go seven innings during his last tune-up start before the start of the regular season on the 21st against Rakuten at Tokyo Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/17/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani played in an exhibition game against Chunichi today.  He started in right and batted seventh.  He went 1-for-4: fly out to left, solo home run to right, strikeout swinging, ground out to third.  The home run came in his tenth exhibition game trip to the plate.

Source: Sponichi 3/17/2013

Otani took forty-five swings during pre-game batting practice and hit four over the fence.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/17/2013

Softbank Hawks

Bryan LaHair has played in all fourteen exhibition games so far.  He has collected at least one hit in all but two.

Source: Sanspo 3/17/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Construction for the E-Wing at Kleenex Stadium was recently completed.  The Ni-gun team had first crack at workouts on Saturday -- 4th round draft pick Takahiro Shimotsuma had the honors of hitting the first "E-Wing" home run during early batting practice.

The new dimensions at the stadium will reportedly lead to an increase of about ten home runs.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/17/2013