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[4/8/2013] Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte, Orix

by on Apr.08, 2013 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura worked out at Seibu 2 Stadium today.  He has been taking soft-toss batting practice since March 30.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/8/2013

Nakamura swung at 100 pitches during soft-toss today.  Depending on his progress, he could begin taking regular batting practice later this month.

Source: Sanspo 4/8/2013

Softbank Hawks

Shota Takeda ate fifteen eclairs (each about eight centimeters long) before hitting the sack on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/8/2013


1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama is scheduled to make his Ichi-gun debut on the 11th against Orix (at YafuOku Dome).

Source: Sponichi 4/8/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles will allow fans to watch pre-game practices on April 13 (vs Seibu at Kleenex Stadium) from seats behind home plate for free.  Interested fans should line-up near the R1 gate at 10:30am.

Source: official announcement via Nikkan Sports 4/8/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tsutomu Ito was not happy about how umpires handled Sunday's called game, especially since the rain stopped after 4:00pm.

"I cannot accept how they delayed the game and then quickly decided to call it," said Ito.  "They had to have known the weather was going to turn out like this.  They should have decided to play through at least five innings the moment they decided to start the game."

Source: Sponichi 4/8/2013

Orix Buffaloes

More Ichiro Suzuki 51 merchandise is coming: home uniforms, t-shirts, caps, and towels.

Source: official announcement via Nikkan Sports 4/8/2013