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Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: March 29, 2013

by on Mar.29, 2013 @ 5:26 pm, under NPB

Sho Nakata took forty swings during batting practice on Thursday and hit ten over the fence.

Source: Sanspo 3/29/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani will most likely be allowed to throw fifty to sixty pitches as a starting pitcher during his next Ni-gun outing.

Source: Sanspo 3/29/2013Sponichi 3/29/2013

Otani threw thirty-three pitches in his relief Ni-gun outing on Thursday.  He topped out at 156km/h on Seibu Lion radar guns three times.

Otani, Hiroshi Kisanuki, and Masaru Nakamura hopped on a taxi at Kamagaya at around 6:00pm on Thursday and arrived at the team hotel in Tachikawa after 8:00pm.  Cab fare: 24,500 yen.

Source: Sanspo 3/29/2013

The stadium radar gun topped out at 152km/h for Otani on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/29/2013

Twenty-four of the thirty-three pitches Otani threw were fastballs.  Nineteen were clocked at or over 150km/h.

Source: Daily Sports 3/29/2013

Only two first-year players out of high school in franchise history have made the starting line-up on opening day: Noboru Makino on March 21, 1956 (pitcher batting ninth) and Isao Harimoto on April 10, 1959 (left field batting sixth).  Both players struck out in their one plate appearance -- Makino to Atsushi Aramaki and Hairmoto to Tetsuya Yoneda.

Source: Sponichi 3/29/2013

Otani's next outing as a pitcher could come during a Ni-gun three-game series against Lotte that begins on April 9.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/29/2013