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[2/25/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:38 am, under NPB

Name Type Date NP Notes
Mitsuo Yoshikawa Bullpen 2/25 85 Recorded the session.  Sanspo 2/25/2014
Shohei Otani Bullpen 2/25 86 Tossed session before practice game against KIA.  Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
Michael Crotta BP 2/25 30 Faced 2 hitters; first outing as batting practice pitcher; topped out at 153km/h.  Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014, Sponichi 2/25/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Naoyuki Uwasawa is slated to pitch in an exhibition game against Yomiuri on March 4.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2014
  • Michel Abreu is behind schedule.  When reporters asked Hideki Kuriyama about him, he replied, "Do not ask me about him because I will get angry."  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
  • Shohei Otani continues to work on a curve that has a little more velocity than his slow curve.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2014Daily Sports 2/25/2014
  • Former manager Trey Hillman will be making an appearance at Sapporo Dome on opening day.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014

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Kuriyama knew Mitsuo Yoshikawa was going to be his opening day starter in January of 2013.  He informed the pitcher of his decision in a letter on February 2013.  Kuriyama believes Yoshikawa has to lead the team if they are going to win.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014