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[3/16/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.17, 2015 @ 4:59 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka is slated to pitch an exhibition game against Lotte on March 17. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2015
  • The San-gun Hawks are scheduled to play four games against amateur teams at the Gannosu Baseball Grounds later this month. March 24 (Tuesday) against Fukuoka Kogyo University at 12:30; March 26 (Thursday) against Kyushu Kyoritsu University at 13:30; March 27 (Friday) against Saibu Gas at 12:30; and March 29 (Sunday) against the Kumamoto Golden Larks at 12:30. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • There is a chance Chihiro Kaneko will not be able to pitch on opening day. The Buffaloes are worried about his elbow and would like him to appear in at least one pre-season game. If he is going to make the opening day start, he will most likely have to pitch during a three-game stretch against Hanshin at Kyocera Dome that begins on March 20. If Orix wants to give Kaneko at least five days of rest before opening day, he will have to pitch on March 21, at the very latest. The coaches could have a decision by March 19. Source: Sponichi 3/16/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • There is a chance Shohei Otani's next start will get pushed back from March 18 against Hiroshima at Sapporo Dome to March 20 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome because the Fighters want to give him a little extra time to prepare. Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2015, Daily Sports 3/16/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ayumu Ishikawa will start an exhibition game against Softbank on March 17. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2015
  • Kuan-Yu Chen could make his first regular season start on March 28 against Softbank at YafuOku Dome. Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Kandai Terashima was sent down to Ni-gun on March 15. Source: Sanspo 3/16/2015

Siebu Lions

  • Ken Togame will start an exhibition game against Rakuten on March 17. He is hoping to throw about seventy pitches. Source: Sponichi 3/16/2015
  • Tomomi Takahashi could start the season as closer, with Tatsushi Masuda in a set-up role. Miguel Mejia will be sent down to Ni-gun. Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2015, Sponichi 3/16/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo wants to make sure Takahiro Norimoto's right arm is in good shape before finalizing his opening day starter. Source: Sponichi 3/16/2015