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[1/20/2014] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jan.20, 2014 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Kenta Imamiya's older brother is the chief priest at Isshin-ji Temple in Oita.  Kenta Imamiya, Yuki Yanagita, and Taisei Makihara participated in the Kangyo (Cold Water Ritual) today that started at 12:00am in water that was four degrees Celsius (the outdoor temperature was 0.5 degrees below zero Celsius).

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/20/2014Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014

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1st round draft pick Ren Kajiya got a chance to meet his idol, former Softbank ace Kazumi Saito, on Sunday.  Kajiya is still working his way back from a fracture in his right foot.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014

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2nd round draft pick Yuito Mori threw thirty-six pitches, including the curve, slider, and cutter, in the bullpen on Sunday.  Ikusei 4th round draft pick Masahiro Harimoto caught session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014

3rd round draft pick Ken Okamoto tossed nothing but fastballs during his twenty-nine pitch session on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014

Orix Buffaloes

2nd round draft pick Daiki Tomei tossed thirty-one pitches to a standing catcher today.  It was his first session at the Seitokan facilities.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

2nd round draft pick Hiroshi Urano threw fifty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen today.  It was his second session since the start of draft class training camp (he threw seventeen pitches during his first session).  He could toss a bullpen session to a squatting catcher on the 23rd.

Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2014

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Atsunori Inaba criticized Sho Nakata's newest look during a fan event on Sunday.

"His face is burnt and his hair is all new...  It is blonde.  Parents cannot look at him and tell their kids to copy him," Inaba said.  "He needs to be a little more aware of the [Japanese spirit]."

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014

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Yuki Saito would like to toss a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp.  He tossed a session on Sunday, twenty-four pitches, and told reporters he felt great.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014