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[11/10/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.11, 2013 @ 2:56 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito pitched to Shohei Otani during situational batting practice on Sunday.  With no out and a runner on second, Saito got Otani to ground out to first.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/10/2013

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Hideki Kuriyama plans to continuing batting Sho Nakata fourth next season.  He is also thinking about batting Michel Abreu sixth and sandwiching Nakata in between lefthanded hitters like Juan Miranda, Atsunori Inaba, Haruki Nishikawa, and Shohei Otani.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2013

Softbank Hawks

Yusuke Ito tossed batting practice on Saturday.  He threw sixty-six pitches to Seiichi Uchikawa, Nobuhiro Matsuda, and Tomoaki Egawa.  He has been receiving tips on how to throw a palm ball from pitching coach Shinichi Kato.  It was his first batting practice outing at Ichi-gun.

Source: Sponichi 11/10/013, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2013

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Hayato Terahara has plans to work out in Guam, Hawaii, and Okinawa during the winter.  He will start his training overseas in Guam in mid-December.  He will go to Hawaii with his family to celebrate the New Year while also making time for workouts.  He will then head to Okinawa in early January.

Terahara has struggled with injuries and wants to prepare for the 2014 season by working out in warm locations.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2013

Rakuten Eagles

There is a good chance Wataru Karashima will get the first start during the Asia Series.  Karashima threw about seventy pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.

Source: Sponichi 11/10/2013

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The Eagles decided to shut Takahiro Norimoto down for what will most likely be the rest of the year after they found some minor inflammation in his right shoulder and elbow.  He has been playing some catch with his left arm.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/10/2013

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Masahiro Tanaka will be with the team during the Asia Series, but will probably not pitch.  He will instead be there for moral support.

Source: Sponichi 11/10/2013

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Fan Appreciation Day will take place on the 23rd.  Tickets to the event went on sale to fan club members on the 6th and sold out well before general ticket sales could begin on the 16th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Toshiaki Imae could not imagine himself in another uniform.

Source: Sponichi 11/10/2013