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[12/23/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Orix Buffaloes

by on Dec.23, 2013 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama plans to include Shohei Otani in the starting rotation next season.  Otani could get Tuesday starts, rest Wednesday, and then return to the starting line-up as a designated hitter on Thursday.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/23/2013

Seibu Lions

Ryo Hayashizaki (25) is planning to file marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Saitama on the 24th.  Their wedding ceremony will be put off until next year.

Source: Daily Sports 12/23/2013

Softbank Hawks

Shoji Yoshimoto, Yusuke Ito, Tomoki Takata, Takuya Kai, Kentaro Inomoto, and Go Kamamoto returned to Japan today after playing some winter ball in Taiwan.

Yoshimoto - 5 G, 3 GS, 1-1, 1 Sv, 19.0 IP, 86 BF, 18 H, 0 HR, 12 BB, 15 SO, 10 R, 6 ER, 2.84 ERA
Ito - 10 G, 1-0, 1 Sv, 16.0 IP, 66 BF, 13 H, 0 HR, 5 BB, 22 SO, 6 R, 4 ER, 2.25 ERA
Takata - 22 G, 20-for-62, .323/.394/.387
Kai - 12 G, 10-for-36, .278/.447/.333
Inomoto - 21 G, 22-for-64, .344/.442/.484
Kamamoto - 22 G, 14-for-58, .241/.343/.310

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/23/2013, Yoshimoto Profile, Ito Profile, Takata Profile, Kai Profile, Inomoto Profile, Kamamoto Profile

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Nao Higashihama got to work with coaches like Willie Collazo and Jose Rosado while playing winter ball in Puerto Rico.

Soource: Sports Hochi 12/23/2013

Higashihama got tips on how to throw the two-seamer, curve, and change from Rosado.  Collazo apparently told the righty his stuff could translate well to the Majors.

Source: Sponichi 12/23/2013

The two coaches liked Higashihama's lower body mechanics enough that they recorded him and used his footage to help other pitchers on the team.  He is especially excited about the new curve he started throwing.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/23/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Motohiro Shima was presented with the Gifu Citizen's Honor Award today for his role in helping provide people in Gifu with hopes and dreams.

Source: Daily Sports 12/23/2013

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Masahiro Tanaka was named Best Nemurist (Best Sleeper) by Nishikawa Sangyo.

Source: Daily Sports 12/23/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Former Buffalo Yusuke Kajimoto (30) attended a Rugby Seven tryout held by Yoshihito Yoshida on Sunday.   Forty-three athletes between the ages sixteen and thirty-six attended the tryout.

Source: Sponichi 12/23/2013