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[1/26/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jan.26, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui will be roommates with Takahiro Norimoto during spring camp.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2014

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9th round draft pick Ryuta Konno tossed thirty-seven pitches in the bullpen today.  Motohiro Shima caught the session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2014

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The Eagles are thinking about retiring the number eighteen, Masahiro Tanaka's old number, until another player comes along and proves he deserves it.  The organization is also thinking about building a monument that honors Tanaka's past achievements.

Source: Sponichi 1/26/2014

Seibu Lions

1st round draft pick Tomoya Mori received three awards during his high school graduation ceremony on Saturday: the Japan Student Baseball Association's Player Award, the Toin Honor Award, and the Club Activities Achievement Award.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Shota Omine changed his hairstyle on the 24th -- he no longer had an afro and was seen with a regular haircut.

Source: Sponichi 1/26/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Wily Mo Pena arrived in Japan today.  He told reporters his right knee was fully healed.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

Shohei Otani will follow the same rules the organization set for him last year.  Even after he turns twenty in July.  Hideki Kuriyama told reporters the rules were created to help guide Otani and that if he had any problems with them, he was more than free to complain once he put up results.

For what its worth, Otani understands why the rules were set up and does not mind them.

Source: Sponichi 1/26/2014

Otani suffered another cut on his right finger while tossing his sixty-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2014

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Sports Hochi seems to think there are three main candidates to get this year's opening day start, based on comments Kuriyama made during a Nippon Ham Group event on Saturday: Mitsuo Yoshikawa, Yuki Saito, and Otani.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2014