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[3/20/2013] Nippon Ham, Rakuten, Lotte

by on Mar.20, 2013 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Mitsuo Yoshikawa is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Seibu at Kamagaya on the 26th.  His first regular season start could come against Lotte on April 2.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/2013


1st round draft pick Shohei Otani's schedule on Tuesday included a twenty-six pitch bullpen session, an icing session that lasted about forty minutes, batting practice, and then an appearance as a pinch-hitter in an exhibition game against Lotte at QVC Marine.

Source: Sanspo 3/20/2013

If Otani makes the opening day active roster, he will be the first player out of high school in franchise history to do so since Akiyoshi Toyoshima in 2008.  If he makes the opening day starting line-up, the first since Isao Harimoto in 1959.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/20/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka and Kazuo Matsui got the day off today.  They are scheduled to rejoin the team on Thursday.

Source: Daily Sports 3/20/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Kazuya Fukuura was out with gastroenteritis earlier this month and was down four to five kilograms at one point.  He returned to Ichi-gun on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 3/20/2013


Actor Takeru Sato is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the opening day game on the 29th against Orix at QVC Marine.

Source: Sponichi 3/20/2013