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[3/7/2014] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Mar.08, 2014 @ 3:17 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Kazuyuki Hoashi threw fifty pitches in the bullpen at YafuOku Dome on Thursday in preparation for his outing against Lotte at QVC Marine on Saturday. ... The starting rotation will likely include Tadashi Settsu, Kenichi Nakata, Brian Wolfe, and Jason Standridge.  There is a good chance Hayato Terahara will also make the rotation.  The last spot could be down to three pitchers: Hoashi, Shota Oba, and Nao Higashihama.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/7/2014
  • Nakata could make his first regular season start on March 29 against Lotte at YafuOku Dome.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/7/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes visited Sumiyoshi Taisha on Friday to pray for a successful season.  Source: Daily Sports 3/7/2014
  • Chihiro Kaneko and Takahiro Mahara rejoined the team for practices on Friday after missing time with the flu.  Source: Daily Sports 3/7/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama might let Shohei Otani hit for himself when he starts Saturday's game against Hanshin at Koshien.  Source: Sponichi 3/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/7/2014 ... Otani threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on Friday.  Source: Sponichi 3/7/2014
  • Tomoya Ichikawa recorded three hits and four RBI in a Kyoiku League game against Yakult on Thursday.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/7/2014