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[10/26/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.27, 2013 @ 2:39 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito started a Phoenix League game against Hiroshima on Saturday and gave up four runs (three earned) on ten hits over five innings of work.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2013

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Pro scout Kazuyuki Atsuzawa will become the team's new pitching coach in 2014.  Naoki Matoba will take over as the Ni-gun battery coach.  Atsuzawa has been assigned the number eighty-four and Matoba the number eighty-two.  The two were introduced during a press conference at the Kamagaya facilities on Saturday.

Source: official announcement

Softbank Hawks

Nobuhiro Matsuda is trying out a few things with his hitting mechanics that might eventually lead to him no longer hopping on his right leg after he finishes his swing.  Whether or not the changes stick will depend on how things go this fall (and perhaps into the spring).

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/26/2013

Matsuda took swings with a tube tied around his right knee to keep him from shifting all his weight to his front foot.  Coaches are also trying to get him to use more lower body and less upper body.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Tadashi Ishimine's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 3,500 grams, on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines named Yoichi Fukuzawa their new Ni-gun battery coach.

Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

Fall practices at Hotto Motto Kobe began on Saturday.  Veterans like Mitsutaka Goto and Yoshio Itoi were in the mix.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2013, Sponichi 10/26/2013