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[3/25/2013] Seibu, Rakuten, Lotte, Orix

by on Mar.25, 2013 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Kazuhisa Makita is slated to make his first regular season start of the year on April 2 against Softbank at Seibu Dome.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2013


Ryan Spilborghs, Yosuke Okamoto, and Ryo Sakata will begin the year at Ni-gun.

Source: Sanspo 3/25/2013

Rakuten Eagles

2nd round draft pick Takahiro Norimoto attended his university graduation on Saturday.  He could make his first regular season start on the 31st against Softbank at YafuOku Dome.

Source: Daily Sports 3/25/2013


Renovations at Kleenex Stadium were finalized on the 22nd.  Changes include the new E-Wing section, increased seating capacity, and new netting behind home plate and around the infield areas.  The updates to the stadium cost about 400 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yuki Karakawa will likely make his first regular season start during the second series of the year (Nippon Ham at QVC Marine, April 2-4).

Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2013


A Lotte themed Shin Keisei train will run for about two months beginning on March 28.  Karakawa, Yoshihisa Naruse, Naoya Masuda, Tomoya Satozaki, Tadahito Iguchi, Toshiaki Imae, Kazuya Fukuura, Saburo, Takashi Ogino, Yoshifumi Okada, Ikuhiro Kiyota, Katsuya Kakunaka, and Tsutomu Ito will appear on the outside and inside of the train.

Source: official announcement


The Chiba Lotte Marines Fan Knowledge Exam will take place at QVC Marine on July 15 (first 300 fans to apply).  Applications will be due between March 29 and June 30.  Additional information will be made available at the official team site.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013, Daily Sports 3/25/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The team has not been able to set a timetable on Takahiro Mahara.  Mahara was diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder earlier this month and while it has improved, doctors have yet to give him the green light to move forward with his rehab (he still feels some tingling in the area).  He has not done any throwing and has focused most of his time on lower body workouts.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2013