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[5/9/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on May.10, 2014 @ 3:54 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • United States Ambassador Caroline Kennedy is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Orix Buffaloes on the 13th. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • There may be some internal concerns about the workload for a few of the team's top relievers, namely Akihiro Yanase, Hideki Okajima, and Ryota Igarashi.  Okajima is thirty-eight, Igarashi is thirty-five, and Yanase has had elbow problems in the past.  The Hawks might try working in a couple of other arms to see if they can spread the load.  Kodai Senga and Shinya Kayama could be two possibilities. Source: Tokyo Sports 5/9/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Pitching coach Ikuo Takayama spoke to reporters about the starting rotation and said Takahiro Matsuba could make his next start on the 11th against Nippon Ham on five days of rest.  That would push 1st round draft pick Kazumasa Yoshida back to the 15th against Rakuten.  He also said he saw 2nd round draft pick Daiki Tomei (currently at Ni-gun) as a starter. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/9/2014, Sponichi 5/9/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama, Sho Nakata, and Shohei Otani will be appearing in a TV commercial for the Fighters' upcoming We Love Hokkaido Series against the Softbank Hawks.  The spot will air in the Hokkaido region in May (25th-31st) and late-June. Source: Sports Hochi 5/9/2014, Sanspo 5/9/2014
  • Otani's next start could come on the 13th against Seibu on eight days of rest.  That could put him in line for the Inter-league opening day start on the 20th against Chunichi on six days of rest. Source: Daily Sports 5/9/2014 ... Otani was left out of the starting line-up on Friday.  He threw seventy pitches in the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/9/2014
  • Michael Crotta's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 3,969 grams, at a hospital in Ohio on the 9th (US time).  Crotta is expected to rejoin the team in time for the Seibu game on the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/9/2014