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[2/19/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.20, 2015 @ 6:01 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama will most likely start the first exhibition game of the year on the 21st against Orix. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015
  • The Hawks are thinking about bringing back the green retro Nankai uniform used between 1978 and 1983 for their Osaka Classic series. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015
  • Tomoki Takata missed practices on Thursday because of the flu. He had a fever and was tested at a hospital on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 2/19/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi is slated to pitch in an intra-squad game on the 24th and a practice game against SK on the 26th. Each outing will be for one inning. Source: Sports Hochi 2/19/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kuan-Yu Chen is set to start Lotte's first exhibition game of the year on the 21st against Chunichi. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015
  • Kento Yachi is scheduled to make a relief appearance in the Chunichi game on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Esmerling Vasquez is currently scheduled to start Seibu's first exhibition game of the year on the 22nd against Softbank. Makoto Aiuchi is set to start a practice game against Doosan on the 21st. Source: Sanspo 2/19/2015
  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi has a pitch count limit of about sixty for bullpen sessions. He may not pitch in another game until some time in March. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015 ... Takahashi will most likely make his next appearance during a Ni-gun Kyoiku League game in March. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015
  • Takayuki Kishi, Tatsushi Masuda, Yusei Kikuchi, Ryoma Nogami, Kazuhisa Makita, Tomomi Takahashi, Ginjiro Sumitani, Yuji Onizaki, Hideto Asamura, Takeya Nakamura, Ernesto Mejia, and Takumi Kuriyama will not be traveling with the Ichi-gun team. They will continue their workouts at the Kochi Haruno Baseball Stadium. Taiki Nakago will join Ni-gun camp. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ginji and Takero Okajima caught pitches in the bullpen during practices on the 19th. Ginji caught Takaaki Yokoyama and Okajima caught Wataru Karashima. They also worked on their throws to second. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015