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[9/21/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Sep.22, 2013 @ 2:13 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hisashi Takeda's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a girl weighing 2,540 grams, on Friday.

Source: official announcement

Softbank Hawks

Nobuhiko Matsunaka is planning to play next year and the Hawks are planning to sign him to an extension.

Source: Sanspo 9/21/2013

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In addition to the Hanshin Tigers, it seems the Hawks are now also interested in Dae-Ho Lee.  The Buffaloes are thought to have offered Lee a two-year deal worth 350 million yen a year.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/21/2013

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The Hawks figure they could pull in about 200 million per Climax Series game they play at YafuOku Dome (concessions, tickets, broadcast).  They will have to finish in second place if they want to see any of that money.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles are starting to make preparations for their celebration party.  They are planning to have about 5,000 bottles of beer on hand.

Parade planners are thinking about holding a victory parade in Sendai some time in late-November.  Route and times have not yet been finalized.

Source: Sanspo 9/21/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines could give "Sunday" Shingo Ono one last Sunday home start on October 6 against Orix, if the team has already cemented their fate by then.

Source: Sponichi 9/21/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes are planning to look into Tsuyoshi Wada in case he decides to return to the NPB.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2013