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[12/2/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles, Orix Buffaloes

by on Dec.02, 2013 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Dai-Kang Yoh was named a 2014 tourism ambassador for Taiwan.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/2/2013

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GAORA is planning to provide as much coverage of Shohei Otani during spring camp as possible -- up to six hours a days (beginning at 10:00am), for a total of about 150 hours in February.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/2/2013

Softbank Hawks

Seiichi Uchikawa will be working out with track and field athlete Chisato Fukushima later this month.  He is hoping to pick up tips on how to run more efficiently.  The workouts will take place at the High-Tech AC facilities in Hokkaido over a period of about four days.

Source: Daily Sports 12/2/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/2/2013

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Kenji Otonari will work out in Okinawa for eighteen days, beginning on January 7.  His wife will accompany him and assist with meals.  A number of other players, including Shingo Tatsumi and Tomoki Takata, will be a part of his group.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/2/2013

Seibu Lions

Ryo Sakata wants to lose weight and is planning to cut back on the carbohydrates.  He currently weighs ninety-six kilograms and is hoping to drop that down to about ninety-two or ninety-three kilograms.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/2/2013

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Shogo Akiyama (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Kanagawa, Yokohama on Sunday.  The two had been dating for about seven years (since high school).

Source: Daily Sports 12/2/2013

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According to Tokyo Sports, the Lions may not be too concerned about losing Yasuyuki Kataoka because it frees up second base for Hideto Asamura and could net them a decent player from the Yomiuri Giants (compensation).

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/2/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to meet with the Eagles later this month, most likely after the team's championship trip to Hawaii (some time on or after the 18th).  Rakuten is planning to negotiate Tanaka's contract as they wait to see how the new posting agreement pans out.  This does not mean the team is no longer going to post their ace.  They just need to cover all their bases in case things with the new posting agreement do not work out.

Source: Daily Sports 12/2/2013, Sports Hochi 12/2/2013, Sports Hochi 12/2/2013

Shiogama, Miyagi will spend about 150 million yen on converting a baseball field to a stadium.  The mayor of Shiogama would like to name the stadium after Tanaka.

"[Masahiro] Tanaka had a historic year.  We would like to put his name on something.  We are planning to renovate the city stadium and will consider naming it after him," Mayor Akira Sato said.  "We will discuss this with the [Rakuten] organization."

Source: Sanspo 12/2/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Masataka Yamazaki will be added to the seventy-man roster.

Source: Daily Sports 12/2/2013, Sports Hochi 12/2/2013, official announcement

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The Buffaloes announced the following uniform number changes/assignments today:

Naotaka Takehara - from 26 to 25
Yuki Tsutsumi - from 62 to 54
Masataka Yamazaki - from 116 to 65
Shuichi Furukawa - from 14 to 67
Kenichi Marumo - 00
Ryo Sakakibara - 118

Source: official announcement