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[3/14/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Mar.15, 2015 @ 5:37 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Kyoiku League game against Hiroshima on March 14: Kodai Senga gave up five runs on seven hits over five innings in relief. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/14/2015
  • Kyoiku League game against Orix on March 13: Nao Higashihama started the game and gave up two runs on ten hits in seven innings of work. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/14/2015
  • The starting rotation might be close to complete. For the opening series that begins March 27, against Lotte: Tadashi Settsu, Jason Standridge, and Kenichi Nakata. Starters for the second series of the season that begins on March 31: Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kenji Otonari. Game three could go to pitchers like Shota Takeda and Nao Higashihama. Source: Daily Sports 3/14/2015
  • Matsuzaka was late to practice on March 14. Pitchers were suposed to report at 9:20am. He arrived at 9:56am. Late fines are usually about 5,000 yen a minute. His fine could be about 180,000 yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/14/2015, Sponichi 3/14/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes unveiled the captain symbol Yoshio Itoi will be wearing on his uniform this year on March 14. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara is slated to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on March 17. If things go well, he could pitch in a Ni-gun game against Seibu on March 22. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/14/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Team president Shinya Yamamuro would like team employees at QVC Marine to provide fans with plenty of hospitality and the best possible service. He wants Lotte to become baseball's Tokyo Disneyland. Source: Daily Sports 3/14/2015, Sponichi 3/14/2015
  • Lotte is planning to hold a public viewing for their opening day game on March 27 (against Softbank at YafuOku Dome) at Aeon Mall Makuhari Shintoshin Active Mall. Yasuhiko Yabuta and special adviser Tomoya Satozaki will be guests. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions