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[7/9/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Lotte

by on Jul.10, 2013 @ 1:38 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters are planning a number of events during Ni-gun games on the 14th (vs Rakuten) and 15th (vs Yomiuri) to commemorate the opening of a new pool at Kamagaya Stadium.  Part of the festivities includes talento Momoka Ayukawa throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in a bikini and swimmer Hisato Matsumoto giving swimming lessons.

Source: Sanspo 7/9/2013

Seibu Lions

Hideaki Wakui will most likely not get another chance to start another Ichi-gun game until August, at the earliest, because the schedule does not require six starting pitchers.

Source: Daily Sports 7/9/2013

Wakui is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on the 15th.  With one less reliever on the staff (Shuichiro Osada was traded to the Yokohama Bay Stars), there is also talk of him returning to the bullpen.

Source: Sponichi 7/9/2013

Softbank Hawks

Sho Iwasaki threw about sixty pitches in the bullpen in preparation for his first start of the year on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/9/2013

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Vicente Padilla has been blowing off catcher signs AND getting hit.  Pitching coaches Ikuo Takayama and Tai-Yuan Kuo and battery coach Fujio Tamura approached him during workouts at YafuOku Dome on Monday to convince him to trust the catcher.

"[Padilla] has great stuff.  It is just about how he uses it.  We told him to let the Japanese catchers get hitters out using his pitches," said Takayama.

Source: Sponichi 7/9/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tadahito Iguchi recorded the 300th double of his career in the 4th inning of Tuesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes and became the 60th player in NPB history to reach the milestone.  He recorded his first double on July 8, 1997.

Source: Daily Sports 7/9/2013

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3rd round draft Tatsuhiro Tamura joined the Ichi-gun team on Tuesday.  He will practice with the Ichi-gun players, but will not be added to the active roster.  Tsutomu Ito wants to give Tamura a taste of Ichi-gun and battery coach Takeshi Nakamura wants a chance to see what kind of player he is.

Source: Sponichi 7/9/2013