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[4/23/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte, Orix

by on Apr.23, 2013 @ 5:46 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

There is a chance 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani makes the All-Star ballot as an outfielder.

Source: Sponichi 4/23/2013

Otani started running dashes today.  He also played a light game of catch on flat ground without cleats and took some indoor batting practice.  He spoke to reporters and said he felt no pain and that he experienced no problems.

Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2013

Seibu Lions

Takumi Kuriyama is slated to earn his domestic FA option on the 25th.  He spoke to reporters on Monday and said, "There are some things I cannot say and things do change. ... I do want to stay here.  I do not think my feelings will change."

Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2013

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3rd round draft pick Yuji Kaneko has reportedly lost about three kilograms and now weighs about sixty-seven kilograms.

Source: Sponichi 4/23/2013

Softbank Hawks

Nobuhiko Matsunaka reported to the Saitozaki training facilities for workouts today.  His rehab, right calf strain, has been going well.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2013

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The Hawks will be giving away lucky Wily Mo Pena frog stickers to customers that spend 4,000 yen or more at their team shop over a six day period beginning on May 1.

Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Andruw Jones reported to workouts on Monday, even though it was optional for foreign players.  He also spent about fifteen minutes talking to Senichi Hoshino.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/23/2013

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Takashi Saito is slated to pitch in his first game on the 28th against the Ni-gun Seibu Lions at Kleenex Stadium.  If everything goes well, he could make the active roster some time early next month.

Saito has been working on making his delivery more efficient with less strain.  His right shoulder is doing better.

Source: Sponichi 4/23/2013, Sponichi 4/23/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yuji Nishino does not have a car or a drivers license and will take the train from the player dorm in Saitama to Seibu Dome today.  It will take him about an hour.

Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2013

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Two new food items inspired by Daichi Suzuki's three-game triple streak will be appearing on QVC Marine menus on the 27th: ramen with soup made of three kinds of miso topped with three pieces of chashu; and an alcoholic beverage made of three kinds of flavors (ume-shu, orange, and lemon).

Source: Sponichi 4/23/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Kei Igawa is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Softbawnk on the 24th.  He was initially assigned today's start, but he turned it down because of the early start time (10:10am).  Last year, he started a morning Ni-gun game on April 24 and gave up four runs on seven hits over five innings of work.

Source: Sponichi 4/23/2013, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2013

Igawa tossed sixty-one pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  About seventy percent were out of the strike zone.  He made some adjustments to his mechanics (in particular, his upper body) with help from pitching coach Takashi Nishimoto.

Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2013, Sports Hochi 4/23/2013