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[5/2/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on May.03, 2014 @ 2:00 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui tossed his first bullpen session since being sent down to Ni-gun on Thursday.  He threw sixty-three pitches.  He is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham at Kamagaya on the 5th. Source: Sponichi 5/2/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yuki Karakawa will most likely see some time out of the bullpen due to his struggles as a starter so far this season. Source: Sanpso 5/2/2014, Sponichi 5/2/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kazuyuki Hoashi's next start could come on the 7th against Nippon Ham on five days of rest. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/2/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Umpires were concerned that the special long-sleeved shirt Chihiro Kaneko wears might be coming into contact with the ball during Friday's game against Nippon Ham.  The left sleeve extends over the hand.  He is allowed to wear the shirt so long as the sleeve does not touch the baseball.  Umpires want Kaneko to be more careful and do not want him doing anything that might draw suspicion.  The shirt was also questioned earlier this year during an exhibition game in March. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/2/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hisashi Takeda was taken off the active roster on Friday after he gave up two runs (both earned) on two hits and two walks against Seibu on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/2/2014