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

by on Mar.03, 2015 @ 2:37 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari and Shota Takeda are scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Hanshin on March 3. The two worked out at the Saitozaki training facilities on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to start the opening day game on March 27. Hideki Kuriyama told reporters on Sunday that using Otani as a designated hitter on March 29 was a possible option. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/2/2015, Sports Hochi 3/2/2015
  • New jumbotrons and an improved secondary scoreboard were unveiled at Sapporo Dome on Monday. A larger jumbotron was installed in right and a new jumbotron was added in left. The secondary infield scoreboard was replaced with a larger unit. Source: official release ... The upgrades cost about 820 million yen. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Matsuba will pitch in an exhibition game against Chunichi on March 4. Source: Daily Sports 3/2/2015
  • First round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki will spend some time making adjustments at Ni-gun. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Hideaki Wakui could start an exhibition game against Chunichi on March 11 and pitch five innings. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015 ... Another possibility is an exhibition game against Yokohama on March 10. Source: Daily Sports 3/2/2015
  • Dae-Eun Rhee will start an exhibition game against Softbank on either March 7 or 8 and pitch five innings. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015, Sports Hochi 3/2/2015
  • Tsutomu Ito told reporters on March 1 that he selected pitchers for the first six games of the season and already spoke to each about their roles. The six most likely include Hideaki Wakui, Ayumu Ishikawa, and Yuki Karakawa. The remaining three slots could go to Takahiro Fujioka, Dae-Eun Rhee, and Yuta Kimura. Source: Sanspo 3/2/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura and Hideto Asamura are set to to play in an exhibition game against Hanshin at Koshien on March 6. Both players are making their way back from off-season surgeries. Source: Sanspo 3/2/2015
  • Takayuki Kishi's practice game start against Hanshin on March 1 was rained out. He is now slated to start an exhibition game against Yokohama on March 4 and pitch one inning. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015
  • Of the six games the Lions had scheduled through to March 1 (exhibition and practice), three were canceled because of rain: exhibition game against Softbank on February 22, practice game against Softbank on February 26, practice game against Hanshin on March 1. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015, Sports Hochi 3/2/2015
  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi attended his high school graduation on Monday. His classmates tossed him into the air three times. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2015