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[3/8/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Mar.09, 2014 @ 2:44 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Four rookies could make the opening day roster: 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa, 2nd round draft pick Yuta Yoshida, 4th round draft pick Shohei Yoshihara, and 5th round draft pick Seiya Inoue,  The last team to start the year with four or more rookies on the opening day roster was Rakuten in 2006 (Koji Aoyama, Shingo Matsuzaki, Hisashi Kawata, Daisuke Kusano, and Wataru Nishimura).  The last year Lotte started a season with four or more rookies was in 1989 (Yukinaga Maeda, Takahiro Konno, Yoichi Fukuzawa, Shigeru Shimada, and Mitsuchika Hirai).  Source: Sponichi 3/8/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko, Yuki Nishi, and Brandon Dickson likely most likely make the starting rotation.  Kei IgawaMamoru Kishida, Takahiro Matsuba, Shun Tono, and 1st round draft pick Kazumasa Yoshida are among the pitchers competing for the final three spots.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/8/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama told reporters he was interested allowing Shohei Otani to hit for himself in Saturday's game against the Hanshin Tigers, but Pitching Coach Kazuyuki Atsuzawa was against the idea and rejected it.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/8/2014
  • The Fighters announced that they will play a practice game against the Gunma Diamond Pegasus (BC League) at Kamagaya on March 29.  Source: official announcement