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[1/30/2013] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Jan.31, 2014 @ 1:51 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles held a press conference for Travis Blackley and Brian Falkenborg at Kobo Stadium in Sendai on Thursday.

Source: official announcement

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Andruw Jones worked out at Kobo Stadium on Wednesday.  He told reporters he would be fine playing the outfield or first base if Kevin Youkilis ended up at DH because of his back.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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The 2013 draft class visited the Nikka Whisky plant in Sendai on Wednesday.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

Seibu Lions

The Lions are planning to add new seats to Seibu 2 Stadium sometime within the next five years.  There are currently sixteen benches along the first and third base sides that can seat up to four.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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Haruki Ihara has asked Hichori Morimoto to refrain from staging any performances on the field.  Ihara wants Morimoto to focus on baseball.

Source: ZakZak 1/30/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines arrived in Ishigaki, Okinawa on Thursday.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Hiroshi Moriwaki arrived in Miyakojima, Okinawa on Thursday.  Team meetings will take place on Friday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2014

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While Yuniesky Betancourt will likely play third, Nikkan Sports can see the following scenario: Wily Mo Pena at first, Esteban German at second, Betancourt at third, and either Yoshitomo Tani or Takahiro Okada at DH.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014