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[11/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.19, 2014 @ 4:11 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Tadashi Ishimine took about ninety swings during soft-toss batting practice on Monday and hit thirty over the fence. Ishimine is the only left-handed hitting catcher on the team. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014
  • Hiromoto Okubo wants to give pitchers like Keiji Uezono, Kenji Tomura, and Yoshitaka Muto a serious chance to prove themselves during exhibition games next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014 ... Okubo has not decided on an opening day starter. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26) and Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24) joined Kamogawa fall camp on Monday for tryouts. They each tossed three shutout innings during a batting practice scrimmage. Yachi topped out at 145km/h, Chen at 143km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2014 ... Yachi gave up five hits over three inning and Chen one hit over three innings. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama threw about 110 pitches in the bullpen on Monday. He got pointers on how to throw a change-up from pitching coach Yoshinori Sato. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014
  • The Hawks announced that they added Tetsuya Iida (46) as an Ichi-gun outfield/base coach. He was assigned the number 78. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014
  • The Hawks announced the addition of Masato Yoshii (49) as Ichi-gun pitching coach. He has been assigned the number 77. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014
  • Kimiyasu Kudo received the Best Whisky Lover award during the Whisky Hills Awards 2014 ceremony. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Shingu Chamber of Commerce's Young Entrepreneurs Group, in cooperation with the Kumano Hayatama Shrine, has decided to give Shohei Otani the 2014 Hayatama Award. Past recipients include Marc Kroon (2006), Daisuke Matsuzaka (2007), and Kenta Maeda (2013). Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014
  • For those that care: former Fighter Yu Darvish (28) tweeted that he and wrestler Seiko Yamamoto (34) decided not to hide their relationship from the public. Source: Tweet via Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014