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[4/20/2013] Nippon Ham, Softbank, Rakuten

by on Apr.20, 2013 @ 5:36 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hisashi Takeda, Bobby Keppel, and Masaru Takeda all pitched in a Ni-gun game against the Futures today.  H. Takeda and Keppel each tossed an inning and retired the side in order.  M. Takeda gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits, including one home run, over three innings of work.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2013


After winning the first game of the first series of the year, the Fighters have dropped the first game of each series since (six series so far).

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2013


1st round draft pick Shohei Otani's outdoor workouts on Friday included running and playing catch.  Before taking his swings against two different indoor pitching machines set a different velocities, he switched over to cleats for the first time since he sprained his right ankle.  He swung the bat against sixty-nine pitches.

Otani could begin running and fielding practice some time between the 23rd and 25th.  Depending on his condition, he might then be allowed to play in a rehab Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Kamagaya on the 27th -- there was talk he might play in a rehab game on the 23rd, but they decided not to rush him because his ankle is still swollen.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/20/2013

Hideki Kuriyama told reporters on Friday that he does not want to think about calling Otani back up until he is capable of tossing bullpen sessions.

Source: Sanspo 4/20/2013

Softbank Hawks

1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama was sent back to Ni-gun on Friday for an indefinite amount of time -- he will probably pitch about once every ten days as he continues to build-up his body.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/20/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Senichi Hoshino was ejected from Friday's game for using excessive language while arguing balls and strikes.  It was the sixth time (four times with Chunichi) he was ejected from a game as a manager, first since August 23, 2002 (Hanshin manager vs Yomiuri).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2013

Hoshino's six ejections is good for a third place tie on the all-time list for managers, behind Marty Brown's twelve and Sadayoshi Fujimoto's seven.  Masaichi Kaneda, Keiji Osawa, and Hiromitsu Ochiai are all tied for third with six.

Source: Sponichi 4/20/2013, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2013