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[11/18/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.19, 2013 @ 2:45 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters held a press conference for Tomoya Ichikawa and Shoma Sato on Sunday.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2013


Shohei Otani plans to use the Kamagaya facilities until the team dorms close on December 27.  After that, he will continue his training in Iwate.

Source: Sanspo 11/18/2013

Softbank Hawks

Shota Oba threw ninety-nine pitches in the bullpen on Sunday and told reporters he was not the type to throw 100 or more pitches in a session.

Oba currently wears the number seventeen.  The team has yet to ask him for the number (Kan Otake has worn the same number with Hiroshima).

"I will not say anything.  But I requested the number seventeen when I joined this team.  I like this number," Oba said.

Source: Sponichi 11/18/2013


Hayato Terahara threw 111 pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.  He told reporters he was beginning to get a better feel for the palm ball.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Rakuten Eagles Championship Parade Committee has only been able to raise about one third of the money it needs for the parade it will be holding on the 24th (as of the 15th).  The committee estimates parade costs to be at about 154 million yen.  They are trying to raise 91.2 million yen through public donations (3,000 yen increments, donors receive special pin badge for each 3,000 yen they donate) and are still short about 60 million yen.  They are thinking about extending the deadline on donations to avoid falling into the red.

Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2013, Sponichi 11/18/2013


Pacific League chairman and Orix director Yoshio Murayama told reporters that Masahiro Tanaka will be presented with a special commissioner's award during the NPB's awards ceremony on the 26th.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2013

Tanaka is scheduled to be an awards presenter at the Japan Racing Association's Arima Kinen on December 22.  He became a fan of horse-racing last summer when he and a bunch of teammates purchased some betting tickets.

Source: Sponichi 11/18/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Johny Celis collected two hits and a walk during Sunday's intra-squad game.

Decisions on tryout players will likely be made within the next few days.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Fan Appreciation Day took place at Kyocera Dome on Sunday.  Softball Olympic gold medalist Yukiko Ueno faced six Orix hitter and struck out five.

Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2013