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[12/25/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Dec.26, 2013 @ 3:00 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Masaru Takeda and Eiichi Koyano are planning to workout together in Saitama for five days some time next month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/25/2013

Seibu Lions

Makoto Aiuchi returned to Japan on Tuesday after playing some winter ball in Australia.  He was originally slated to make the starting rotation, but ended up pitching in only two games because he was not feeling well.

Aiuchi hopes to improve his strength, conditioning, and stamina by training with a boxer acquaintance next month.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/25/2013, ABL Profile


The Lions will be auctioning off autographed uniforms to raise money for the Lions Child Foundation.

Source: official announcement

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks announced that their new Ni-gun and San-gun facilities will be relocated to Chikugo, Fukuoka in time for the start of the 2016 season.

Source: official announcementofficial announcement


The Hawks could end up paying an estimated total four billion yen to eight foreign players.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/25/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Takahiro Norimoto (23) filed marriage papers with a twenty-two-year-old woman named Ayaka on Tuesday.  The two first met seven years ago in high school.  They started dating in July 2012.

Source: Daily Sports 12/25/2013, Sponichi 12/25/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines held a press conference at a hotel in Chiba on Wednesday to introduce Hideaki Wakui.  He was assigned the number sixteen.

Source: official announcement


The Marines announced that Yuhei Nakaushiro's uniform number will change from sixteen to thirteen.

Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes held a press conference on Wednesday to introduce Teppei.  He was assigned the number zero.

Source: official announcement