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[6/11/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Orix

by on Jun.11, 2013 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 13th.  He will face two hitters and throw thirty to forty pitches.

Source: Sanspo 6/11/2013

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The PL started using the DH rule in 1975.  Since then, Nippon Ham designated hitters have slugged 989 home runs.  Only nine players have hit forty or more home runs as a DH -- seven in the 1980s and one each in the 1990s and 2000s.  Charlie Manuel set the NPB high for home runs in a season by a DH with forty-eight in 1980.  Highs from the last three years: nineteen by Takeshi Yamasaki in 2010, twelve by Jose Fernandez in 2011, and eighteen by Wily Mo Pena in 2012.  The last player to hit forty or more was Nobuhiko Matsunaka with forty in 2005.

At fourteen home runs as a DH so far this year, Michel Abreu has a shot at becoming the first DH to hit forty or more since Matsunaka.

Source: Sponichi 6/11/2013

Seibu Lions

Tatsuya Oishi was taken off the active roster today because he has not been pitching well.

Source: Sponichi 6/11/2013

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The Lions decided to promote 1st round draft pick Tatsushi Masuda after Hisanobu Watanabe had a chance to watch him toss thirty-four pitches in the bullpen today.

Source: Sponichi 6/11/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/11/2013

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Ikusei player Abner Abreu is a candidate to join the seventy-man roster.  The Lions currently have sixty-four players on the seventy-man roster and need to bump that to sixty-five before the end of July.

Source: Daily Sports 6/11/2013

Softbank Hawks

Wily Mo Pena joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts today.  He took forty swings during batting practice and hit eight over the fence.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/11/2013

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Sho Iwasaki was fined 200,000 yen for arriving about twenty minutes late to workouts today.

Source: Sanspo 6/11/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Kei Igawa worked out at Hotto Motto Kobe using pitching coach Nobuyuki Hoshino's first baseman's mitt and a pair of Dae-Ho Lee shoes.  When reporters asked what happened, he jokingly replied, "I might have to play some first.  I could always lose my job as a pitcher.  These shoes?  They are special."

What really happened: the team has been on the road and before returning, he had his equipment shipped to Kyocera Dome and forgot to prepare for practices at Hotto Motto.

Source: Daily Sports 6/11/2013, Sports Hochi 6/11/2013