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[2/22/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Feb.23, 2015 @ 7:48 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda is slated to start a game on the 24th. Jason Standridge will pitch on the 25th. Hiroki Yamada will have a chance to pitch on the 24th after his start on Sunday was rained out. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka will most likely make his pre-season debut on March 1 against Rakuten at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2015 ... After March 1, Matsuzaka could get regular starts on Sunday: March 8 against Lotte, March 15 against Chunichi, and March 22 against Hiroshima. Source: Sports Hochi 2/22/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuki Nishi, Bryan Bullington, Brandon Dickson, and Takahiro Matsuba will most likely make the starting rotation. Chihiro Kaneko will make the rotation as well, assuming he is healthy/ready. A number of pitchers, including Kazumasa Yoshida and first round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki, will be competing for the final spot. Source: Daily Sports 2/22/215
  • Shuichi Furukawa missed practices on Sunday because of gastroenteritis. He was treated at the hospital and will rest for two days. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh did not play in Sunday's exhibition game against Yakult because of gastroenteritis. He showed symptoms the night before and rested on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015