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[4/4/2013] Nippon Ham, Softbank, Orix

by on Apr.04, 2013 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Bobby Keppel started throwing again on Wednesday -- twenty-three pitches to a squatting catcher.  It was the first time he threw ten or more pitches in a bullpen session since February 12.  His next session will come on the 6th.  Beginning on the 9th, he will toss three more bullpens with a day of rest in between.  He could pitch in his first rehab game later this month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2013


1st round draft pick Shohei Otani threw 101 pitches in the bullpen today (a new high since turning pro).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2013

Softbank Hawks

6th round draft pick Hirofumi Yamanaka will be sent down to Ni-gun to improve on his pitches from the set position.

1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama started a Ni-gun game against Orix today and gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings of work.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/4/2013

Higashihama is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun team on Friday.

Source: Sponichi 4/4/2013


Ayatsugu Yamashita hit an inside-the-park home run during a Ni-gun game against Orix today -- with two out in the 6th, he hit a fly ball to center that Hiroki Nishikawa dove for and missed.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Child actress Kanon Tani is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Bs Kids Day on May 3 (vs Lotte at Kyocera Dome).

Source: official announcementDaily Sports 4/4/2013