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[12/30/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Dec.30, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata told Sports Hochi that he is interested in playing in the Majors some day.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2013

Beagle Crew decided to write some intro music for Nakata after they found out he liked to listen to their song Try Again in the locker room before games.

Source: Sponichi 12/30/2013

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Hideki Kuriyama might not be asked to participate in draft drawings next year after he lost three straight picks this year.  A woman from the public relations department is apparently among current candidates.

Source: Daily Sports 12/30/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi moved out of the team dormitory in November.  He plans on doing as much of his own cooking as possible, with help from a nutritionist.

Source: Daily Sports 12/30/2013, Sponichi 12/30/2013

Kikuchi still has dreams of making it to the Majors.

"It still is not a concrete goal, but I can kind of sort of see it," Kikuchi said.  "I have not had much success yet.  I need to establish myself in Japan.  I hope to become a player that can [go to the Majors] by improving myself little by little."

Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2013

Softbank Hawks

Locker rooms at YafuOku Dome will undergo renovations in January and February.  Construction should be complete in time for the exhibition games in March.

Source: Sponichi 12/30/2013

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Nobuhiro Matsuda is planning to work out with his twin brother, Noriaki Matsuda, and father over the New Year holidays.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/30/2013

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Kenji Otonari's cholesterol numbers dropped after he started eating Japanese food prepared by his wife Yuko.  He wants to continue eating Japanese food when he begins his training in Okinawa next month and will continue to rely on food support from his wife (meaning, his wife will be with him in Okinawa).

Source: Daily Sports 12/30/2013

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The Hawks are thinking about using retro uniforms that were used between 1989 and 1992.  It would also be a great way to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of their move to Fukuoka next year.

Source: Softbank uniforms, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tsutomu Ito can see Shohei Kato winning the every day job in center and batting lead-off.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2013, Sponichi 12/30/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Hiroshi Moriwaki would like to be able to use Wily Mo Pena as either a designated hitter or first baseman, since it would give the team a little more flexibility.  Moriwaki is also thinking about batting Pena sixth.

Source: Daily Sports 12/30/2013

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The Buffaloes were thinking about going with Esteban German at third, but the media recently learned that he asked and was interested in playing second.

Source: Sponichi 12/30/2013