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Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: March 25, 2013

by on Mar.25, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB

Ten players, including Sho Nakata and Atsunori Inaba, will make special appearances on five different Hokkaido news programs on Tuesday, between 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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Keisuke Tanimoto could make his first regular season start on the 31st against Seibu at Seibu Dome.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani has a shot at becoming the first player out of high school in franchise history to make the opening day line-up in his first year since Isao Harimoto in 1959.

Source: Sanspo 3/25/2013

Daily Sports figures Otani will start the year at Ni-gun.  While the team does have an opening in right, there is a good chance Hideki Kuriyama will have the rookie take things slow.

"In considering the future of players, we need to use them carefully.  We will not use players that do not have to be rushed," said Kuriyama.

Source: Daily Sports 3/25/2013

Sports Hochi claims that Otani will be in the opening day starting line-up in left batting seventh.  He could then go on to make his debut as a pitcher on April 29 vs Orix at Sapporo Dome.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2013

If Otani makes the Ichi-gun roster, there will probably days he pitches in Ni-gun games during the day before playing in Ichi-gun games as a position player in the evening.

Source: Sanspo 3/25/2013

Otani went 12-for-45 in various pre-season games (from spring camp in February through to Sunday).  He went 4-for-22 in the exhibition games he played.

Source: Sponichi 3/25/2013

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3rd round draft Yohei Kagiya got a new prescription for his contact lenses after he had trouble seeing signs from the catcher during a game against Orix on the 10th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013