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[12/11/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Dec.11, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters received the Softbank Hawks' list of twenty-eight protected players on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2013

According to ZakZak, thirty-nine-year-old veteran Nobuhiko Matsunaka was likely left off the protected list.

Source: ZakZak 12/11/2013

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Hideki Kuriyama signed a two-year contract before the 2012 season.  He signed a one-year extension earlier this year.  Next year will be his last year, based on his current contract situation.  Nippon Ham Fighters' Acting Owner Hiroji Okoso told reporters on Tuesday the organization's plans with Kuriyama were long-term and would not end after next season.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/11/2013

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Shohei Otani did not experience any growth spurts this season and remained at 193 centimeters.  The organization is taking this as an indication that he is no longer growing and is allowing him to ramp up his training program this winter.  Coaches and trainers were careful about pushing Otani too hard this past season because they were concerned about potential long-term damage.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions announced that they added Jose Ortiz to their staff as an international scout.

Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles left for their championship trip to Hawaii out of Sendai Airport today.  They will return on the 17th.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/11/2013

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Hiroaki Shimauchi did not go on the championship trip to Hawaii because he wants to focus on rehabbing his left shoulder.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/11/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines are scheduled to play an exhibition game against the Orix Buffaloes at Ishigaki Chuo Sports Park Baseball Stadium on February 16.  It will be the first time an NPB team has ever played an exhibition game on the island and will be a part of the NPB's 80th anniversary celebration -- players will wear caps with a special 80th anniversary patch.

Source: Sponichi 12/11/2013

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Former Marine Tetsuya Yamamoto (23) landed a job as an assitant director at a TV production company (Nippon TV).

Source: Sanspo 12/11/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Ryoichi Adachi will be moving out of the team dormitory and into his own apartment in Kobe before the end of the year.

Source: Sponichi 12/11/2013

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The media learned today that Mitsutaka Goto did not sign a three-year deal before the 2011 season, but a multi-year deal that was for at least four years.

Source: Sponichi 12/11/2013