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[4/25/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Apr.26, 2014 @ 2:07 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yudai Mori joined Masahiro Tanaka and Yoshinao Kamata as the only pitchers in franchise history to record a victory before turning twenty. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/25/2014 ... Mori swung a bat 100 times a day beginning on the 17th.  By the 21st, he had swung the bat a total 500 times.  The exercise was meant to help him improve weight balance and right foot issues when pitching. Source: Sponichi 4/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • 1st round draft pick Kazumasa Yoshida could make his next start on the 27th against Rakuten at Kyocera Dome on six days of rest.  Yoshida got the chance to sit in the dugout during a Lotte game at QVC Marine on the 23rd.  Hiroshi Moriwaki told reporters he was planning to have the rookie watch more games from the dugout as a way to help him with his development. Source: Sanspo 4/25/2014, Sports Hochi 4/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2014
  • Takahiro Okada used a Prince Fielder model bat during batting practice on Thursday.  Buffaloes' scout Greg LaRocca shipped it to him from the United States.  Okada has been studying Fielder's hitting mechanics for hints that might help him improve his swing. Source: Sponichi 4/25/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani could pitch and bat third during Inter-league play games at home. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/25/2014 ... Otani's next start could come on the 27th against Lotte at Sapporo Dome on six days of rest. Source: Sanspo 4/25/2014
  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri at Kamagaya on Friday.  He pitched five innings and allowed a run (none earned) on four hits.  He topped out at 144km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 4/25/2014 ... Hisashi Takeda relieved Yoshikawa and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014 ... Anthony Carter followed Takeda out of the bullpen and retired the side in order. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014
  • The Ni-gun Fighters will play an exhibition game against JR Hokkaido at Kamagaya on May 11.  Admission will be free. Source: official announcement