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[5/17/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

by on May.17, 2013 @ 4:27 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

If 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani makes it into one Ichi-gun game as both a pitcher and a position player this season, he will be the first to do so since Yozo Nagabuchi in 1968.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2013

Otani worked out at Kamagaya today -- did some running, played some catch, weight training.  He told reporters he felt a little tightness in his right shoulder, but was otherwise ok.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2013

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Brian Wolfe did some light workouts (played some catch, did some running) at the indoor training facilities in Sapporo on Thursday.  It was his first day back after spending the last ten days resting and recovering from sinusitis.

Wolfe will get checked out again on the 21st.  If he gets the green light, he will slowly begin to ramp up his training.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2013

Seibu Lions

Thursday's Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham:

Fumikazu Kimura (former pitcher turned outfielder) started at short and batted first.  He went 2-for-3: HR8, K, HR7, BB, BB.  Both home runs came off Shohei Otani.  Source: Sanspo 5/17/2013

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Atsushi Okamoto is planning to file marriage papers with his fiance later this month on his birthday (May 20).

Source: Sponichi 5/17/2013

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Cerberus Capital Management has decided to extend their tender offer period until May 31 in the hopes of reaching their 44.7 percent target.

Source: Reuters 5/16/2013

Softbank Hawks

1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama wants to throw a harder fastball and is currently working on strengthening his trunk muscles and lower body.  He is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Orix on the 19th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2013

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Koji Akiyama took thirty swings during batting practice on Thursday.

Source: Sponichi 5/17/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka has started one game on five days of rest, four games on six days of rest, and one game on seven days of rest so far this season.  Beginning with his last start on the 14th (vs Yokohama), all his starts through to June 1 (vs Yokohama at Kleenex) will likely be on five days of rest.  Depending on his level of fatigue, his next start after June 1 could come on four days of rest on June 6 (vs Yakult at Jingu).

Over his career, Tanaka has pitched in twenty-six games on five or fewer days of rest.  Of those twenty-six, twenty-four has been as a starting pitcher.  Of the twenty-six, twenty-five have been on five days of rest.  He is 12-5 with one save in those twenty-five games.

Source: Sponichi 5/17/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines are 10-0 when they use five or more pitchers in a game and 13-15 when using four or less.

Of the ten games they have won when using five or more pitchers, eight have been come-from-behind victories.

Source: Sponichi 5/17/2013