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[6/6/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Jun.07, 2013 @ 12:18 am, under NPB

Yuki Saito turned twenty-five on Thursday.

"I start out not being able throw.  I then started throwing into a net, moved on to bullpen sessions, and then began mixing in off-speed pitches.  The next thing is facing hitters," said Saito.  "I am also beginning to feel a little more at ease."

Saito is expected to tossing live batting practice before the end of the month.

Source: Sponichi 6/6/2013


Dai-Kang Yoh hit the JR sign in left at Tokyo Dome in the 3rd inning on Wednesday and became the first player to hit a sign with a home run since Josh Whitesell on July 19, 2010.

Source: Sanspo 6/6/2013


1st round draft pick Shohei Otani threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen during pre-game practices on Wednesday.  He could pitch in a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri at Kamagaya on the 11th.  That would allow him to make his next Ichi-gun start on about six days of rest.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/6/2013