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[1/3/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jan.03, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui worked out in Yokohama today.  His workouts included a two-kilometer run.

The 2013 draft class will move into the team dormitory on the 9th and begin joint workouts on the 12th.

Source: Sanspo 1/3/2014

Matsui is slated to move into room number two (Takahiro Norimoto was the last occupant).

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/3/2014

Seibu Lions

Haruki Ihara attended a fan event on Thursday and told guests that he was thinking about starting Takayuki Kishi on opening day.  He also said his opening day line-up might be: Takumi Kuriyama batting lead-off, Hideto Asamura at second batting third, Takeya Nakamura batting clean-up, and Ryo Sakata batting fifth.  Yusei Kikuchi and Greg Reynolds will likely be a part of the starting rotation, with Ken Togame heading back to the bullpen.

Source: Sponichi 1/2/2014

Shogo Saito, Masato Kumashiro, and Fumikazu Kimura will likely compete for the two hole.  Cody Ransom could bat sixth with Shogo Akiyama batting seventh.  Takanori Hoshi and Ginjiro Sumitani could compete for the eight hole and Yuji Kaneko could end up batting ninth.

Source: Daily Sports 1/3/2014

The rotation could end up being Kishi, Kazuhisa Makita, Kikuchi, Yosuke Okamoto, Ryoma Nogami, and Reynolds.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/3/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshifumi Okada was the team captain in 2013.  He could remain the captain in 2014, or be replaced by Daichi Suzuki (a candidate).  The captain will be named on the first day of spring camp (February 1).

Source: Sponichi 1/3/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Yoshihisa Hirano and Mamoru Kishida worked out at the NTT training facilities in Kumiyama, Kyoto today.  Their workouts lasted about an hour and included running and playing catch.

Source: Sanspo 1/3/2014

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Chihiro Kaneko, Yuki Nishi, Brandon Dickson, and 1st round draft pick Kazumasa Yoshida could all be in the running for the opening day start.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/3/2014

The rotation could include Kaneko, Nishi, Dickson, Yoshida, Takahiro Matsuba, and Kei Igawa.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/3/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

Shohei Otani worked out at Hanamaki Higashi High School today.  He started his workouts at 11:11am, in reference to his uniform number.  Otani suffered through a bout of gastroenteritis during the New Year holiday.

Source: Sanspo 1/3/2014