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Seibu Lions News and Notes: March 26, 2013

by on Mar.26, 2013 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB

Yusei Kikuchi threw fifty-two pitches in the bullpen today.  He is scheduled to make his first regular season start on the 30th against Nippon Ham.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/2013

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Tatsuya Oishi will likely start out as the team closer this season.  Dennis Sarfate was an option, but the Lions are still a little concerned about his consistency.

Source: Sanspo 3/26/2013

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Takeya Nakamura may not make it back to Ichi-gun until the second-half of the season.  He was originally estimated to return some time in May (at least during the first-half of the season), but the team might decide to err on the side of caution because he had a ligament replaced in his left knee last October.

Nakamura played catch at a distance of about thirty meters on the 23rd.  There is still no timetable on when he will begin taking batting practice.

Source: Sponichi 3/26/2013

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The Lions will be offering free Wi-Fi access at Seibu Dome this year (Lions Wi-Fi).  Team, game, and stadium information will also be made available through the Wi-Fi access site.

Source: official announcementSports Hochi 3/26/2013