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[6/14/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jun.15, 2014 @ 2:25 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Rakuten fell into sole possession of last place in the Pacific League on Saturday for the first time since July 2, 2011. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014
  • The Eagles announced that batting coach Yosuke Hiraishi will also act as a base-running coach.  He took over for outfield/base-running coach Osamu Yonemura on Saturday.  Yonemura and chief coach Toru Nimura have been tasked to assist interim manager Yoshinori Sato. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • For the second time this season, Tsutomu Ito asked his catchers to hand in reports on their approaches to various hitters. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014 ... The catchers were asked to write reports about their approaches to the game against Hanshin on the 12th. Source: Sponichi 6/14/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari, Kazuyuki Hoashi, and Sho Iwasaki are starting pitcher candidates for the Yomiuri series at Tokyo Dome that begins on the 21st.  They will probably be filling in for Kenichi Nakata. Source: Sponichi 6/14/2014
  • Yuya Iida threw forty-two pitches in the bullpen on Friday.  He is slated to start Sunday's game against Yokohama. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko's next start could come on the 18th against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sponichi 6/14/2014
  • The Buffaloes pushed back the start of their game on Sunday by an hour because of Japan's World Cup soccer game.  The soccer game is scheduled to start at 10:00am and team officials wanted to make sure fans could watch both. Source: Sanspo 6/14/2014, Daily Sports 6/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters are worried about working Shohei Otani too hard and will most likely avoid using him as a position player in the starting line-up until the Hiroshima series that begins on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014 ... He will not be used as a position player for the Yakult series (June 14, 15). Source: Sponichi 6/14/2014