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[11/17/2013] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.18, 2013 @ 2:15 am, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Takanori Hoshi is planning to attend Shinnosuke Abe's (Yomiuri) training session in Guam.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2031

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Yusei Kikuchi will be moving out of the team dorm and into his own place later this month.  Players drafted out of high school are usually allowed to move out of the dorms after three years.  Kikuchi had to stick around an extra year because he won just four games in 2012.  The team promised to let him move out this year if he won eight or more games.

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2013

Softbank Hawks

Barbaro Canizares worked out at first base during fielding practices on Saturday.  He told reporters his preference was to play first since he has not played the outfield over the last four to five years.  He also took fifty-five swings during batting practice and hit twelve over the fence.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2013

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Loek Van Mil is scheduled to toss situational batting practice on the 19th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Senichi Hoshino does not plan on giving any players a starting job next year just because they played on a regular basis this year (in his eyes, no one has played well enough to be considered an everyday player).  He is still not satisfied with performance levels and will have everyone compete for positions next year.

Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2013, Sponichi 11/17/2013

Hoshino would also ideally like to see each player learn how to play one other position.  For example, catchers can learn how to play third or first, outfielders second and short.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Sunday's intra-squad game:

Chad Huffman started in right and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. [Nikkan Sports 11/17/2013] ... Keisuke Kishi was a starting pitcher and gave up two runs on six hits over two innings of work.  He did not walk anyone.  Takayuki Kanamori was the other starting pitcher and gave up three runs on four hits and four walks over two innings of work.  He struck out one.  Tetsuya Iwasaki tossed two shutout innings.  He gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out one.  Tsutomu Ito was not impressed with any of the three tryout players. [Nikkan Sports 11/17/2013]

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes announced that Tetsuji Okamoto will take over as new Ni-gun manager in 2014.

Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2013