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[12/21/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.22, 2014 @ 3:39 am, under NPB

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (right elbow) took some batting practice on Saturday for the first time in two months. He hit thirty baseballs off a tee. Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2014
  • Seibu is planning to replace the turf at Seibu Prince Dome next winter. It was last changed in 2008. Source: Sponichi 12/21/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines are thinking about registering Kuan-Yu Chen as Chen (not the kanji, but the katakana). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks will have at least eight pitchers fighting for spots in the starting rotation: Jason Standridge, Kenichi Nakata, Tadashi Settsu, Kenji Otonari, Shota Takeda, Kazuyuki Hoashi, Brian Wolfe, and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Source: Sanspo 12/21/2014
  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to let Matsuzaka handle his own schedule. He is also more than happy to provide advice if needed. Source: Sponichi 12/21/2014 ... Kudo does not think it is necessary for pitchers, especially veterans, to push themselves to the point where they are ready to toss bullpen sessions on the first day of spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 12/21/2014, Sanspo 12/21/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko received his Mercedes C180 during Sunday's 2014 Yanase Orix Buffaloes MVP Award ceremony. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014, Daily Sports 12/21/2014
  • Eiichi Koyano will most likely be at first or third. Second is also a possibility. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014
  • The media learned that Shuichi Furukawa (27) had filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman in December 2012. His wife gave birth to their first child, a boy, in September last year. Source: Sponichi 12/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Where Kensuke Tanaka plays could depend on Brandon Laird and Jeremy Hermida. First and third are possibilities. Source: Sponichi 12/21/2014
  • Hideki Kuriyama is curious to see how well Shohei Otani can handle making appearances as a pitcher and position player without any days of rest in between. He might test Otani during spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2014, Sponichi 12/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014 ... Otani loves sweets and cannot imagine cutting them out of his diet entirely (especially things like chocolate and ice cream). He has switched over to Japanese sweets during the winter, but made an exception to Christmas cake. Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2014, Sponichi 12/21/2014
  • Sho Nakata revealed his interest in playing in the Majors during a recording for a Fuji TV program on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014 ... The Mariners spoke to Nakata just before the 2007 draft, but were turned down. It was not until the World Baseball Classic last year that the slugger became interested in the Majors. Nakata has not yet informed Fighters. Source: Sanspo 12/21/2014