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[1/4/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jan.04, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Ginjiro Sumitani is not worried about the Rakuten Eagles because they no longer have Casey McGehee and Masahiro Tanaka is likely on his way to the Majors.  He is more concerned about the Softbank Hawks at this point.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/4/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

G.G. Sato will be making an appearance in fashion magazine Men's EX.

Source: Sponichi 1/4/2014

Softbank Hawks

Tu-Hsuan Lee worked out for about an hour at YafuOku Dome today.  He gained two to three kilograms of muscle while working out in Taiwan last month.  He will head to Okinawa on the 5th and work on dropping his overall weight from ninety-one to eighty-eight.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/4/2014

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The Hawks are thinking about exploring talent options in Cuba.

Source: Daily Sports 1/4/2014

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According to Daily Sports, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son has a vision of creating state-of-the-art Ni-gun and San-gun training facilities that also provide entertainment to tourists.  Part of his plan aspect could come in the form of robotic pitchers with artificial intelligence modeled after real-life pitchers.

Source: Daily Sports 1/4/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Mamoru Kishida wants to win a spot in the starting rotation.

Source: Sponichi 1/4/2014

Yoshihisa Hirano's goal this year is to record his fifth straight season of sixty or more appearances.

Source: Sanspo 1/4/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

Tomohisa Nemoto worked out at Kamagaya today.  He will begin his training in Thailand on the 9th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/4/2014

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Atsushi Ugumori swung at about 200 pitches in the batting cages at Kamagaya today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/4/2014

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Shohei Otani is scheduled to begin his workouts at the Kamagaya facilities on the 6th.  He is also planning to head to Okinawa early on the 23rd.

Source: Sponichi 1/4/2014

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Eiichi Koyano is not really interested in competing for the everyday job at third base with Sho Nakata and is instead planning to be ready to take on any position the coaches assign him.  In addition to third, he has played some first (249 games), second (19 games), and the outfield (sixty-seven games) over his career.

Source: Sponichi 1/4/2014