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[11/8/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.09, 2013 @ 3:05 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuya Ishii will get a shot at the starting rotation next year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi threw twenty-three pitches to a standing catcher in the Seibu 2 bullpen on Friday.  Kikuchi is working his way back from left shoulder inflammation.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2013

Softbank Hawks

Kenji Otonari will be working out with Nao Higashihama, Shingo TatsumiMasayoshi Tsukada, and Ikusei infielder Shinya Arasaki in Okinawa in January next year.  Otonari has volunteered to catch Tatsumi during their training sessions and has already ordered a catcher's mitt.  Tatsumi told reporters that Otonari used to catch him when they played college ball.

Otonari tossed a bullpen session and batting practice on Thursday.  He threw a total 166 pitches.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2013

Otonari threw 119 pitches to four hitters during batting practice on Thursday and then threw forty-seven pitches in the bullpen.

Source: Sponichi 11/8/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka told reporters on Thursday that the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association contacted him about the posting system agreement on Wednesday.  The JPBPA also contacted player chairmen's at all twelve NPB teams.  The JPBPA will be holding a meeting on the 11th.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2013

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All players, other than veterans like Kazuo Matsui and foreign players, are expected to attend fall camp in Kurashiki, Okayama.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2013

About 2,000 fans showed up for the first day of fall camp on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2013

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Takashi Saito has decided to continue playing next season.  He is scheduled to lead a group pitchers (Koji Aoyama, Norihito Kaneto, and Kohei Hasebe) during workouts in Okinawa in January.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2013

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Kenji Tomura and Yasunori Kikuchi are candidates to start during the Asia Series.

Source: Sanspo 11/8/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The players and coaches spent about an hour picking up garbage at a beach near their hotel after practices on Friday.

Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Takahiro Okada spoke to reporters about his left knee and said, "It is feeling better now when I hit, but running not so much.  If I jog for a long time, I begin to feel pain."

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2013