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[5/25/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

by on May.26, 2013 @ 1:32 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

TV ratings for 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani's debut game as a starting pitcher on the 23rd (vs Yakult at Sapporo Dome) averaged 28.7% (peaked at 33.8%).  That eclipsed the 25.3% for the season opener against Seibu at Seibu Dome on March 29 and established a new high for the current season.

Source: Sanspo 5/25/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2013

Seibu Lions

Hisanobu Watanabe spent about thirty minutes throwing roughly 130 pitches to ten hitters during bunt practices on Friday (each hitter was required to lay down three successful bunts).  He suffered a right leg cramp and popped a blister on his right middle finger during his outing.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/25/2013, Sponichi 5/25/2013

Softbank Hawks

Masahiko Morifuku missed the team plane to Tokyo on Friday and apologized to teammates before practices.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/25/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Ryo Hijirisawa set a new PL record on Saturday by extending his OF errorless streak to 660 chances -- he set a new record at 659.

Source: Daily Sports 5/25/2013

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Atlanta Braves scout Philip Dale is scheduled to watch a Rakuten-Hanshin game at Koshien on the 29th.  Based on the current rotation, there is a good chance Masahiro Tanaka will get the start on the 29th.

Source: Daily Sports 5/25/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tsutomu Ito plans to use Takahiro Fujioka as a reliever for the time being.

"Starters can make themselves anxious if they start thinking about things in between outings.  If [Fujioka] is in the bullpen every day, he will not have the time [to think too much]," said Ito.

Source: Sponichi 5/25/2013