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[11/21/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.22, 2013 @ 1:44 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hirotoshi Masui's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 3,205 grams, at a hospital in Tokyo on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2013

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Nitoryu, literally "wielding blades in both hands," has often been used to describe Shohei Otani ("wields" two positions) and was nominated as one of fifty possible words/phrases for this year's U-CAN New Word, Buzzword Award.

Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions closed out their fall camp in Miyazaki on Wednesday.

Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2013

Softbank Hawks

Kenji Otonari threw seventy pitches in the bullpen on Thursday.  He threw a total 1,501 pitches during fall camp.

Source: Sanspo 11/21/2013

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The Hawks announced that they added Ikusei players Kentaro Inomoto and Kai Takuya to the seventy-man roster.  Inomoto was assigned the number sixty-eight, Kai the number sixty-two.

Source: official announcement, official announcement

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Yuki Yanagita has plans to work out with Orix's Yoshio Itoi in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka for about two weeks in early January.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Most of the new seats at Kleenex Stadium will be taken down before the end of the year.  The section in left will remain.  The section in the infield area will be rebuilt.  The organization spent over 100 million yen to build the new seating areas, but they have to be torn down due to building codes for the area.  Since the stadium is located in a park, it has to follow City Park Laws.  The laws make it difficult to build new structures, unless they are temporary (less than a year).  The Eagles are still hoping to expand regular seating capacity to at least 26,000.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/21/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tsutomu Ito caught Tomohisa Otani's 160-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.  It was the first time Ito spent so much time catching a pitcher since 2004.

Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Ichiro worked out at the team facilities on Wednesday.  Ryoichi Adachi told reporters he felt he could learn a lot just by watching him.

Source: Sanspo 11/21/2013