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[4/11/2013] Nippon Ham, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

by on Apr.11, 2013 @ 9:10 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

After today's Ni-gun start, 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani will likely pitch in two more games this month (one every ten days or so, depending on the weather) before making his Ichi-gun debut as a pitcher in May.

Source: Daily Sports 4/11/2013

Otani will throw all his pitches today, including his fork, change, and cutter.

Source: Sponichi 4/11/2013

Softbank Hawks

1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama threw fifty pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday.  He is slated to start today's game against Orix.

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2013


Kitakyushu Stadium underwent about 120 million yen in renovations over the winter (outfield seating area was improved).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Yoshinao Kamata had another rough outing on Wednesday and has now given up thirteeen runs on fourteen hits, five walks, and three HBPs over 8.1 innings of work.  He will likely get another chance at Ichi-gun since, according to a quote by pitching coach Yoshinori Sato, "there is no one else."

Source: Daily Sports 4/11/2013


Kenji Tomura is out with the chicken pox.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/11/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

G.G. Sato took fielding practice at first base during workouts on Wednesday.

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2013