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[1/27/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.28, 2015 @ 3:26 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiro Matsuda threw thirty-four pitches off the bullpen mound on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Yuki Yanagita gave his mother the Mercedes Benz E250 he got for winning the Yanase Softbank Hawks MVP Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Matsuba threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015
  • Kazumasa Yoshida signed an athlete contract with Nike. Source: Ram Sports Inc ... Yoshida threw about forty pitches in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2015
  • Hirotoshi Kitagawa will be running a new section at the Orix site called Pei's Time. He will provide news and information about the team from his point of view. The new section will open at 10:00am on February 1. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani will most likely be used as a hitter if he participates in the Samurai Japan international series on March 10 and 11 because he is currently slated to pitch in an exhibition game against Lotte on March 12. Otani might also be limited to being a designated hitter and playing only on the 10th because of rest issues. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Ernesto Mejia, Wade LeBlanc, Anthony Seratelli, Esmerling Vásquez, and Miguel Mejia arrived in Japan on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Alejandro Segovia arrived in Japan on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Yuki Matsui threw thirty-four pitches, including the slider, change, and splitter, to a squatting catcher on Tuesday. It was the first time he threw to a squatting catcher this year. He also threw four splitters, a pitch he learned more about while working out with Masahiro Tanaka earlier this month. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Wataru Karashima threw about thirty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Second round draft pick Fumiya Ono threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Monday. He threw at sixty to seventy percent. Tadashi Ishimine caught the session. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015