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[10/22/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.23, 2013 @ 2:23 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito and Shohei Otani each have one more Phoenix League start left to go -- Saito on the 24th and Otani on the 27th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2013

Otani took some batting practice on Tuesday for the first time since the 14th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2013

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Juan Miranda took forty-nine swings during batting practice on Monday and hit three over the fence.

Source: Sponichi 10/22/2013

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Sho Nakata was told that the fracture in his left pinky was completely healed during an periodic examination on Monday.  He is scheduled to participate in fall camp.

Nakata has also not been feeling well over the last few days and missed workouts on Monday.

Source: Sanspo 10/22/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2013

Seibu Lions

Fall camp will take place at Nango Chuo Sports Park between November 6 and 20.

Source: official announcement

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The Lions announced that they accepted pitching coach Takashi Ishii's letter of resignation.

Source: official announcement

Softbank Hawks

Kenji Otonari (ossification of the yellow ligament) made a relief appearance in a Phoenix League game against Lotte on Tuesday.  He entered the game in the 8th and retired the side in order on five pitches.  He topped out at 135km/h.  It was his first appearance since May 31 (vs Hiroshima).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2013

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Fan appreciation day (Kansha-no Tsudoi) will take place on November 23.  Tickets for the event will go on sale on November 5.  Additional information can be found at the official announcement link below.

Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines held a press conference at QVC Marine on Tuesday to give Takumi Kobe an opportunity to issue a formal public apology for insensitive comments that were made through his Twitter account regarding a high school girl that was stabbed to death.  The team suspended Kobe on the 11th after they learned of the tweets he made.  His suspension will run through to the 31st.  He will then report to fall camp in Kamogawa, Chiba.

According to team investigations, a childhood friend volunteered to keep Kobe's Twitter account active.  The insensitive tweets were made by the friend and were not aimed at the death of the high school girl, but rather compromising images of the girl that later surfaced.  Regardless, the team still finds Kobe at fault since the tweets were made on his behalf and were his responsibility to monitor.

Kobe's blog and Twitter account have since been closed.

Source: official announcement, Tokyo Sports 10/22/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Fall camp will take place at Kochi Tobu Baseball Stadium between November 1 and 16.

Source: official announcement