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[5/14/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Orix

by on May.14, 2013 @ 5:09 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

When 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani makes his pitching debut, there is a good chance it will be at Sapporo Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2013

According to Daily Sports, potential debut dates include the 26th vs Hanshin at Koshien and the 31st vs Chunichi at Sapporo Dome.

Source: Daily Sports 5/14/2013

If Otani makes one outing as a pitcher before June 16, he could make the All-Star ballot as a pitcher.

Source: Sponichi 5/14/2013

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3rd round draft pick Yohei Kagiya's next start could come on the 17th against Yokohama at Yokohama.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2013

Seibu Lions

Takayuki Kishi is scheduled to return to the Ichi-gun starting rotation with a start against Yomiuri on the 18th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2013

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The Lions have not been able to set an everyday clean-up hitter yet and will likely go with a mix that includes Jose Ortiz and Ryan Spilborghs.  Tatsuyuki Uemoto and Yutaro Osaki have also batted clean-up this season -- one game each.  Other candidates could include Takumi Kuriyama, Esteban German, Shogo Akiyama, Ryo Sakata, and Hideto Asamura.

Source: Sanspo 5/14/2013, Sports Hochi 5/14/2013, Daily Sports 5/14/2013, Sponichi 5/14/2013

Softbank Hawks

Yuki Yoshimura has done well against Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda over his career (small sample size): 8-for-22 with four homers and nine RBI.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Yoshio Itoi could end up riding the bench as a pinch-hitter during the Hanshin series (May 14-15 at Koshien) because his right knee is still not fully healed.  Over the last two seasons, Itoi is 10-for-27 with one home run and one RBI against the Tigers (6-for-14 at Koshien).

Source: Sports Hochi 5/14/2013

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Takahiro Okada (left hamstring tightness) played in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin today.  He was the started DH, batted fifth, and went 0-for-3 with an HBP.  He failed to take advantage of two great scoring opportunities: he flied out to first with the bases loaded and one out in the 1st inning and struck out swinging with the bases loaded and no out in the 8th.

Source: Daily Sports 5/14/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/14/2013