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[1/30/2014] Softbank Hawks News and Notes

by on Jan.31, 2014 @ 1:49 am, under NPB

The Hawks visited Hakozaki Shrine on Thursday to pray for a successful season.  About 2,500 fans showed up to watch.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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Barbaro Canizares arrived in Fukuoka (via Narita Airport) on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

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Kenichi Nakata tossed forty-two pitches, including the slider and curve, in the bullpen on Wednesday.  Shinya Tsuruoka caught the session.

Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2014

Nakata signed with Softbank because he wanted to be closer to his home town and because one of his doctors (the one he trusts the most) is in Fukuoka.  He is looking forward to playing with the DH-rule and is hoping to see an increase in his innings pitched.

Source: ZakZak 1/30/2014

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Dae-Ho Lee worked out in Saipan this month.  His days started at 7:30am and ended after 9:30pm.  He looked visibly thinner during his press conference on Wednesday, but denied losing weight.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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Jason Standridge is happy to be back in Fukuoka.  He tossed two bullpen sessions before arriving in Japan on Wednesday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2014

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The Hawks held a press conference for Standridge, Brian Wolfe, and Dennis Sarfate at YafuOku Dome on Thursday.

Source: official announcementHawks Ustream 1/30/2014

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Edison Barrios can play the bongos and the drums.  His father is a semi-professional bongo player.  He has a cousin that plays the trumpet and two uncles that play timbales and sax, respectively.  Barrios is interested in studying music after his career in baseball.

Barrios threw forty-two pitches in the bullpen at Saitozaki on Wednesday.  It was his second session since arriving in Japan.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014