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[2/3/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.04, 2015 @ 5:31 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa was trying a bat with a thinner grip during spring camp, but has so far found that it is not working for him. He may not end up using the bat during the season. Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2015, Sponichi 2/3/2015
  • Seiji Uebayashi, third round draft pick Shogo Furusawa, fourth round draft pick Shunsuke Kasaya, and Ikusei eighth round draft pick Keigo Nakamura ran 3,600 meters during a Yo-Yo Endurance Test at Ni-gun camp on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka did about thirty minutes of shadow pitching off the bullpen mound on Monday. The session was once against closed off to the public/media. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015, Daily Sports 2/3/2015 ... Matsuzaka played long distance catch on Tuesday (about 100 meters). He finished by throwing twenty pitches to a squatting partner on flat ground. Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2015 ... Matsuzaka flipped a 150 kilogram tire four times on Monday. He also swung a sledgehammer at the tire twenty-seven times. Source: Sponichi 2/3/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroshi Moriwaki could give Eiichi Koyano at a look at second base. Koyano is open to the possibility. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015, Sponichi 2/3/2015 ... Koyano, Tony Blanco, and Takahiro Okada took grounders at first base on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2015
  • Yoshio Itoi tried taking soft-toss batting practice with a sledgehammer during workouts on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2015, Sponichi 2/3/2015
  • The Buffaloes are using Kinki Cresco virtual pitching machines during spring camp. They are loaded with three pitchers: Softbank's Kenji Otonari, Nippon Ham's Naoyuki Uwasawa, and Rakuten's Takahiro Norimoto. Itoi suggested the team try the machine after seeing it used on a television program earlier this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015, Sponichi 2/3/2015
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Orix camp in Miyazaki on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito is slated to toss batting practice on Wednesday. Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2015
  • Sho Nakata spent about forty-five minutes signing autographs and taking photos with fans on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015 ... Nakata took fielding practice at third base during extra workouts after general practices on Tuesday. He is not interested in the position. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015
  • Kensuke Tanaka wants to compete for the everyday job at second. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015
  • Shohei Otani is slated to play Friday's intra-squad game as a position player. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015
  • Brandon Laird brought a Playstation 4 to spring camp. He uses it to unwind. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015
  • Hideki Kuriyama is planning to check Ni-gun camp on Wednesday. Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2015
  • The Fighters will be giving Yokohama senryokugai Kazumasa Kikuchi a tryout between February 6 and 9. He is slated to throw bullpen sessions on February 7 and 9. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • 2nd round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka could pitch in an intra-squad game on the 14th or 15th. Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Kyohei Nagae is working on hitting from the right side for the first time since his second year of elementary school. Source: Sanspo 2/3/2015
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Nango camp on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui was in center for a fielding practice scrimmage on Tuesday. He showed a good accurate arm by making strong throws to third and home plate. Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2015
  • Shinichiro Koyama gave Shohei Otani the nickname Monica. Monica was the name of Koji Kikkawa's debut single. Koyama feels the two share similar features, like the width of their shoulders. Source: Sponichi 2/3/2015