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[1/7/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.08, 2015 @ 2:47 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Akira Nakamura (left elbow) hit about thirty baseballs during workouts at the Saitozaki facilities on Wednesday. It was his first session hitting baseballs since his surgery in November. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015
  • Shingo Tatsumi (27) will file marriage papers with a twenty-nine-year-old woman from Wakayama on the 10th. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi began workouts with eight other players at Hamamatsu Stadium on Wednesday. The other players: Hanshin's Ryota Imanari, Softbank's Yuki Yanagita and Taisei Makihara, Nippon Ham's Shingo Ishikawa and Yuji Arahari, Lotte's Takeshi Kanazawa, Rakuten's Keiji Oyama, and Yakult's Takahiro Imanami. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Fourth round draft pick Naoya Ishikawa moved into the team dormitory on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015
  • Naoki Miyanishi threw about ten pitches to a standing catcher on the 3rd. He does not plan on throwing full sessions until the third block of spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015
  • Hirotoshi Masui likes how he feels when he closes out games and prefers it over being a set-up man. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015
  • Sho Nakata purchased a Lamborghini this off-season. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Second round draft pick Yasuo Sano was the first to move into the team dormitory on Monday; third round draft pick Shuta Tonosaki and Ikusei first round draft pick Daisuke Togawa moved in on Tuesday; first round draft pick Kona Takahashi and fifth round draft pick Haruka Yamada on Wednesday. Chun-Lin Kuo also moved in on Wednesday. Fourth round draft pick Yusuke Tamamura is not feeling well and will move in on another day. 2014 draft class training camp will begin on the 9th. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to go with a six-man rotation this season after listening to suggestions made by the pitching coaches. He will be satisfied if starters can go at least five innings without giving up more than three runs. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015, Chunichi Shimbun 1/7/2015, Sports Hochi 1/7/2015 ... Okubo does not expect starters to throw 120 to 130 pitches just because they are getting six days of rest. He believes the bullpen will hold the key to the team's success. Source: Sponichi 1/7/2014