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[1/7/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jan.07, 2014 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles held a press conference to introduce Mitsutaka Goto today.  He has been assigned the number four.

Source: official announcement

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Takahiro Shiomi's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,935 grams, on January 3.

Source: official announcement

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Wataru Karashima (23) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman on December 25, 2013.

Source: official announcement

Takahiro Jimbo (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman named Yuki Sakata on January 1.

Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

2nd round draft pick Hotaka Yamakawa moved into the team dormitory on Monday weighing 108 kilograms, eight kilograms more than his ideal weight.  He told reporters the added weight was from drinking and eating too much during the New Year holiday.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/7/2014

"I ate too much when I went back home.  I ate six servings of Okinawa soba in the afternoon and ten steaks at night.  It was not every day, but I also drank one bottle (1.8 liters) of awamori (alcoholic beverage).  It was delicious," Yamakawa said.

He added, "My best weight is between ninety-five and one-hundred.  I will lose the weight by spring camp so it should be fine."

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2014

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The Lions were worried about 2013 ending in the red, but strong fan club membership will apparently provide the organization with its third consecutive in-the-black season.

Source: Sanspo 1/7/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Takumi Kobe took about seventy swings during batting practice today and hit six over the fence.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2014

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The seven members of the 2013 draft class moved into the team dormitory on Monday.

Source: Sponichi 1/7/2014

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5th round draft pick Seiya Inoue weighed in at around 115 kilograms on Monday.  He was at 110 kilograms in early December.

Source: Sanspo 1/7/2014, Sports Hochi 1/7/2014

According to Nikkan Sports, Inoue actually weighed 113 kilograms in early December.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters held a press conference to introduce Yoshiaki Fujioka.  He was assigned the number twenty-two.

Source: official announcement

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Atsunori Inaba, Yuya Taniguchi, Seibu's Yuji Onizaki, and Lotte's Takumi Kobe worked out in Saga today.  Workouts included running and fielding and hitting practice.

Inaba told reporters he did not enjoy being a designated hitter and was prepared to call it quits if he could not perform to his own expectations.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/7/2014

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Shohei Otani threw forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen at Kamagaya today.  It was his first session since November last year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2014

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Otani and Yuki Saito could face each other during an intra-squad game on February 8.

Source: Sanspo 1/7/2014

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The Fighters announced the following scout additions: Yutaka Harada - amateur scout; Hiroshi Watanabe and Takeshi Shimazaki - pro scouts; Manabu Iwadate - pro/amateur scout.

Source: Sanspo 1/7/2014