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[3/28/2013] Seibu, Rakuten, Lotte, Orix

by on Mar.28, 2013 @ 11:45 pm, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Players in the line-up on opening day could include: 3rd round draft pick Yuji Kaneko in right, batting seventh and Kyohei Nagae at short, batting ninth.

Yasuyuki Kataoka will likely bat lead-off, Shogo Akiyama second, Esteban German fifth, and Hideto Asamura sixth.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2013

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Takumi Kuriyama plans to continue making donations toward reconstruction/revitalization efforts in northern Japan.  This year, he will donate money based on things like the number of hits he records and the number of games he plays in.

Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2013

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The Chiba Family Court ruled to place 2nd round draft pick Makoto Aiuchi on probation for speeding and driving without an appropriate license.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/28/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles held workouts at YafuOku Dome today.

Source: Nikkan Spots 3/28/2013

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Senichi Hoshino was upset that pitching coach Ryoji Moriyama got the flu and concerned it might now spread to other players on the team.  He is asking everyone to avoid crowded areas.

Source: Sponichi 3/28/2013

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Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee will donate 50,000 yen to a fund that helps support children affected by the Tohoku earthquake for every home run they hit this season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshihisa Naruse will become the first pitcher in franchise history to start an opening day game four years in a row since Satoru Komiyama (1991-1994).

Naruse is back to black hair for the first time in eight years.

Source: Sanspo 3/28/2013, Sanspo 3/28/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Shingo Nonaka made the opening day roster primarily for his speed.

Source: Sponichi 3/28/2013

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Chihiro Kaneko threw fifty-five pitches in a situational batting practice outing on the 21st.  He has not faced any live hitters since then.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2013