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[1/24/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jan.25, 2014 @ 1:44 am, under NPB

Seibu Lions

The Saitama vs Chiba Rival Series will be taking place again this year at Seibu Dome from July 25 to July 27.

Source: official announcement (Seibu)

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Kazuhisa Makita managed to drop five kilograms during the off-season (from eighty-five to eighty kilograms).

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Saitama vs Chiba Rival Series will be taking place again this year at QVC Marine from August 8 to August 10.

Source: official announcement (Lotte)

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Seth Greisinger is currently rehabbing his right shoulder in the United States and is expected to join the team in mid-February.

Source: Sponichi 1/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

Hayato Terahara threw thirty-five pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday.  He did not use the wind-up last year and is planning to go back to it this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2014

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The Hawks held auditions for their dance team, the Honeys, last weekend (the 18th and 19th) in Fukuoka.  Twenty-three members for the 2014 season were selected (eleven carry-overs and twelve new).  The team will take grueling dance lessons in the coming weeks and will make their debut on March 28 at YafuOku Dome.

Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

The 2013 draft class got the chance to meet Ichiro Suzuki at Hotto Motto Kobe on Thursday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

Michael Crotta arrived in Japan on Friday.  He will be heading to Sapporo to resume his off-season workouts until the start of spring camp.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2014

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Yuki Saito tossed batting practice at Kamagaya on Friday.  He faced Takumi Oshima and threw about fifty pitches.

Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2014

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Yu Darvish was a surprise visitor at Kamagaya on Thursday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2014