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[6/21/2013] Rakuten, Lotte, Orix

by on Jun.21, 2013 @ 5:54 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

Takahiro Norimoto is working on a slow curve.  This is in addition to the eight other pitches he already throws: fastball, curve, slurve, two kinds of sliders, change, two-seamer, and split.

"I want to kill the velocity.  Keep it at under 100km/h to show a greater difference in velocity between my 150km/h fastball.  I am trying to drop it using a vertical rotation.  It could be an effective pitch if I can get it to cut in toward the knees against right-handed hitters," said Norimoto.

Source: Sanspo 6/21/2013, Sponichi 6/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/21/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines will most likely start three lefties during their four-game series against the Fighters (June 21-24): Yoshihisa Naruse, Takahiro Fujioka, and Takuya Furuya.

Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/21/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Aarom Baldiris gave teammate Yoshio Itoi one of his bats.

Source: Sponichi 6/21/2013