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[3/21/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte, Orix

by on Mar.22, 2013 @ 1:10 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata and Atsunori Inaba rejoined the team on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013

Seibu Lions

Takayuki Kishi will get the opening day start on the 29th against Nippon Ham at Seibu Dome.  Kishi is slated to start Friday's exhibition game against Yokohama at Yokohama.

Kazuhisa Makita, Hideaki Wakui, and Ginjiro Sumitani returned to workouts on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013

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Masato Kumashiro will no longer be listed as a switch-hitter.  He will be listed as a right-handed hitter.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013

Softbank Hawks

All six players that participated in the WBC, including Seiichi Uchikawa, Tadashi Settsu, and Nobuhiro Matsuda, rejoined the team on Thursday.

Settsu is scheduled to throw about eighty pitches in an exhibition game start against Hiroshima at YafuOkda Dome on the 23rd.

Source: Sponichi 3/21/2013, Sponichi 3/21/2013

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Shota Takeda recorded four of five strikeouts in an exhibition game start against Lotte on Wednesday with a fork ball.  He did not throw the pitch last season and instead used a slider as his out pitch.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013

Takeda got tips on how to throw a fork from rehab coach Kazumi Saito during spring camp.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/21/2013

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Yuya Hasegawa played in his first Ichi-gun game on Wednesday since he suffered a cranial depressed fracture on February 23.  He had a protective pad taped to the right portion of the forehead.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka and Kazuo Matsui returned to practices on Thursday.

Tanaka threw about forty pitches in the bullpen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013Sponichi 3/21/2013

Opening day starter candidates if Tanaka needs more time to rest/prepare: Yoshinao Kamata, Wataru Karashima, 2nd round draft pick Takahiro Norimoto, and Brandon Duckworth.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Masahiko Tanaka was ejected from a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on the 20th for insulting an umpire.  Tanaka was fined 50,000 yen and issued a stern warning by NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Chihiro Kaneko faced Ryoichi Adachi and Takayoshi Kawabata during situational batting practice on Thursday and topped out at 145km/h.  If he does not suffer any setbacks, he might be able return to the Ichi-gun team before the end of April.

Source: Sponichi 3/21/2013

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Yoshio Itoi rejoined the team on Thursday.  He is scheduled to play in Friday's exhibition game against Hanshin at Kyocera Dome.

Source: Sponichi 3/21/2013