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[12/7/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Dec.07, 2013 @ 11:40 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito will be changing the color of his glove to red next season.

Source: Sponichi 12/7/2013

Saito used an orange glove this past season that lost some of its color because he spent a lot of time outdoors at Ni-gun.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks held a press conference in Fukuoka to introduce their newest additions, Shinya Tsuruoka and Kenichi Nakata.  Tsuroka was assigned the number eight, Nakata the number eleven.

Source: official announcement, official announcement

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Softbank announced the following uniform number changes/assignments:

Hayato Terahara - from eleven to twenty
Shingo Tatsumi - from twenty to twenty-five
Shota Oba - from seventeen to twenty-nine
Shuhei Fukuda - from thirty-seven to thirty-one
Hideki Okjima - thirty-seven

Source: official announcement

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Nobuhiko Matsunaka will be working out in a gym in Tokyo this month.  He will continue his workouts in Guam with other teammates like Nobuhiro Matsuda, Masahiko Morifuku, Shinya Kayama, and Daichi Hoshino, next month.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/7/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles announced the following uniform number changes:

Toshiya Nakashima - from eight to fifty-two
Toshihito Abe - from nine to double-zero
Wataru Nishimura - from sixty-six to zero-sixty-six

Source: official announcement

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Motohiro Shima spoke about how Masahiro Tanaka had a tendency to wear his cap down low with runners in scoring position and up high when there were no runners on base this season.

Source: Sponichi 12/7/2013

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Tanaka had problems throwing his slider this year -- it was moving horizontally instead of vertically.  He plans to work on it and his cutter during the off-season.

Source: Sponichi 12/7/2013

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For those wondering why Takahiro Norimoto was photographed with horse masks during his post-signing press conference on Friday: he was born in the year of the horse and next year will be the year of the horse so the media asked him to pose with two horse masks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2013

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Caroline Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan, visited Rakuten headquarters in Shinagawa, Tokyo on Friday.

Source: Sponichi 12/7/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Takuya Furuya would like to buy a telescope (several hundreds of thousands of yen) with a portion of the raise he got on Friday.  His 2014 salary went up twenty-six million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes are planning to go with five foreign players (two pitchers, three position players) on the seventy-man roster next season.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/7/2013