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[4/2/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

by on Apr.02, 2013 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Mitsuo Yoshikawa's start was rained out on Tuesday and shifted to Wednesday.  He threw about forty pitches in the bullpen during workouts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/2/2013

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Masaru Nakamura could start the home opener.  Masaru Takeda was the first option, but he strained his left calf during the season opener on March 29.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/2/2013

Seibu Lions

Seibu Holdings received an official reply from Cerberus Capital Management that they never formally advised the team sell off the Seibu Lions or eliminate train lines.

Source: Sponichi 4/2/2013

Softbank Hawks

Akira Nakamura was taken off the active roster on Monday with an avulsion fracture in his right pinky.  He suffered the injury when sliding into first base as a pinch-hitter in the 5th inning of a game against Rakuten on the 31st.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/2/2013

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Wily Mo Pena is planning to continue his home run donation project this season (25,000 per home run with a minimum set at one million yen).  He is also wants to do something for the kids in Japan.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/2/2013

Rakuten Eagles

1st round draft pick Yudai Mori started a Ni-gun game against Lotte and tossed five shutout innings while allowing one hit.  He topped out at 146km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/2/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Dicky Gonzalez was taken off the active roster on Tuesday and will get more work at Ni-gun.

Takahiro Fujioka's start was pushed back a day to Wednesday because of the rain.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/2/2013

Sanspo notes that the Marines may try to avoid pitching Gonzalez at QVC Marine because he has struggled there in the past, especially in the cold.  His next start will likely come against Rakuten at Kleenex Stadium on the 7th.

"[Gonzalez] had a hard time pitching [at QVC Marine] when he played for Yakult and Yomiuri.  We will try to avoid using him outdoors as much as possible," said Tsutomu Ito.  "I am sure things will change when it gets warmer.  If not, we may have to consider other foreign options."

Source: Sanspo 4/2/2013