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[1/17/2013] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jan.17, 2014 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

Kazuo Matsui would like 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui to pick out a nickname for himself before the start of spring camp.  Since they both share the same last name, Kazuo is worried about potential mix-ups.

Source: Sanspo 1/17/2014

Seibu Lions

The 2013 draft class took a basic fire safety training course taught by the Tokorozawa Chuo Fire Department today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2014

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Yusei Kikuchi weighed eighty-eight kilograms last season.  He spent a two to three hours working with weights this off-season and managed to push his weight to ninety-five kilograms.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/17/2014

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Takeya Nakamura spent about thirty minutes hitting 150 grounders with a one-meter long training bat that weighed about 1,200 grams during fielding practice at the indoor training facilities at Seibu 2 Stadium on Thursday.  Hideto Asamura, Shogo AkiyamaMasaru Misawa, and Shogo Saito were on the receiving end.

Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

"Creature training" is a part of Daichi Suzuki's workouts.  Creature training involves mimicking animal movements that require use of muscles that normally do not get much work.  Like walking on all fours as a lion would, or hopping around like a frog.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/17/2014

Suzuki was in a taxi that crashed into a guard railing in Kochi on the 6th.  Three days later, he suffered a black eye when a ball he hit during batting practice ricocheted off a net and struck him in the right eye.

Source: Sponichi 1/17/2014

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes held a moment of silence at Hotto Motto Kobe today in memory of the lives that were lost during the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake nineteen years ago.

Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2014

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1st round draft pick Kazumasa Yoshida, 2nd round draft pick Daiki Tomei, and 8th round draft pick Satoshi Oyama are currently slated to start the year at Ichi-gun spring camp.  Yoshitomo Tani will be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/17/2014

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Hiroshi Moriwaki spoke to Takahiro Okada about changing his registered name.  Okada had his registered name changed to T-Okada before his career year in 2010 (the fans selected the name).  Since then, things have not gone so well and Moriwaki felt a change in name might do the slugger some good.

Okada has so far managed to drop about six kilograms since last fall and now weighs ninety-eight kilograms.

Source: Sanspo 1/17/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

2nd round draft pick Hiroshi Urano and 4th round draft pick Hirotoshi Takanashi each threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen at the Kamagaya training facilities today.  It was the first session of the year for both pitchers.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2014

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Yuki Saito threw about twenty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen at Kamagaya on Thursday.  Saito is planning to attend the early training camp in Okinawa that begins on the 27th and will continue his workouts at Kamagaya until then.

Source: Sanspo 1/17/2014