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[1/23/2014] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jan.23, 2014 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Nobuhiro Matsuda was advised by a trainer to unclench his fists while running to maximize his speed -- clenched fists can slow runners down because they do not allow the arms to swing freely.

Source: Sponichi 1/23/2014

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The Hawks announced that they signed a uniform sponsorship contract with Showa Kensetsu for the 2014 season.  The Showa Kensetsu logo will appear on the right hip of the team uniforms.  This will be the fourth year the two sides have agreed to a sponsorship contract.

Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

1st round draft pick Kazumasa Yoshida hopes to one day play a game in his home prefecture of Nara.  While it is not possible now (there are currently no stadiums that fulfill the requirements), that could change depending on Yoshida's performance.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

Shohei Otani left for Nago, Okinawa out of Haneda Airport today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2014

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Masaru Takeda tossed batting practice to Tomoya Ichikawa on Wednesday.  He threw about 100 pitches.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2014

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Snack food manufacturer Koikeya heard about Atsunori Inaba's love for potato chips and his subsequent decision to stop eating them because he needed to lose weight.  To help him tide his cravings, they sent him three boxes full of their non-fried, low calorie Pote-non chips.  They are also thinking about sending more to him during spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2014