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[3/10/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.11, 2015 @ 3:38 am, under NPB

Orix Buffaloes

  • Seven position players, including Tomotaka Sakaguchi, Takayoshi Kawabata, Yuya Oda, and Masahiro Nishino, were sent down to Ni-gun. Seven players, including Teppei Tsuchiya, Kazunao Yamamoto, and Kyohei Iwasaki were called up. Hiroyuki Nakajima and Tony Blanco are expected to get more playing, cutting down on opportunities for other key players. The key players were re-assigned to Ni-gun to get playing time in Kyoiku League games. First round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki was also called up. Source: Sponichi 3/10/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Kyoiku League game against Rakuten on March 10: Masaru Nakamura started the game and gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings of work. Source: Sports Hochi 3/10/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Hideaki Wakui's start on March 10 was rained out. He will now get the start against Chunichi on March 11. Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka will be shifted to the bullpen and make an appearance in relief after Wakui. Yuta Kimura is also slated to pitch in the game. Tanaka and Kimura will be competing for a chance to start a game on the 18th. Source: Sponichi 3/10/2015
  • Ryuzo Hijii was added to the seventy-man roster on March 10. His salary will go up from 2.4 million to an estimated 4.2 million yen. His uniform number will change from 122 to 69. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 3/10/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/10/2015
  • Wakui will be turning to fans for input on his intro music each month during the season. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • A number of players, including Takumi Kuriyama, Takeya Nakamura and Ernesto Mejia, returned to Tokyo to continue their training after the team's exhibition game against Rakuten on March 10 because they are not scheduled to play in games on March 11 and 12. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2015, Sponichi 3/10/2015
  • Fumiya Nishiguchi might be the leading candidate for the sixth spot in the starting rotation due to his experience. Source: Daily Sports 3/10/2015
  • Tomoya Mori was sent down to Ni-gun on March 10 because of his struggles at the plate (2-for-12). Source: Sponichi 3/10/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Rakuten held a press conference for Wily Mo Pena on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 3/10/2015 ... Pena has permission from the organization to keep his beard. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2015
  • The Eagles will have three foreign position players on the seventy-man roster: Gaby Sanchez, Zelous Wheeler, and Wily Mo Pena. Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about putting the players on a rotation based on fatigue. For example: twenty days on the active roster, ten days off the active roster for rest. Source: Daily Sports 3/10/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/10/2015