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[3/25/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.26, 2015 @ 5:28 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko was scratched from a batting practice scrimmage on March 24. He played some catch, but only threw the ball about five to ten times at a distance of around twenty-seven meters. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2015 ... Kaneko may not start an Ichi-gun game until some time after April 8, if not later. Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2015, Sanspo 3/25/2015
  • The media learned on March 24 that Takahiro Okada (27) filed marriage papers with twenty-nine-year-old model Aya Masu on March 20. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2015
  • Saki Yagi is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on April 29. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on March 24: Hiroshi Urano started the game and gave up two runs on two hits over two innings of work. He faced ten hitters, threw thirty-three pitches, walked two, and struck out none. He struggled with his control in the 1st inning, but got through the 2nd inning on just seven pitches. Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2015
  • Ryo Ishikawa might make the opening day starting line-up at catcher. Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2015
  • Shohei Otani averaged about 1.28 seconds to the plate with runners on base last year. He has managed to drop that down to about 1.1 seconds this year. Source: Sponichi 3/25/2015
  • Former Nippon Ham Fighter Yukihito Nakanishi (37) was arrested by Kyoto police on March 10 on suspicions of attempted theft. According to reports, Nakanishi tried to steal undergarments belonging to a fifty-six-year-old woman that were hanging in a second floor veranda from the second floor of his home using a fishing rod. He denied the allegations and claimed that he was fixing his fishing rod. Source: Sponichi 3/10/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka could make his Ichi-gun debut on April 30 against Seibu at QVC Marine. The starting rotation will most likely include two foreign pitchers: Kuan-Yu Chen and Dae-Eun Rhee. One could be taken off the active roster to make room for Alfredo Despaigne when he arrives in Japan next month. Lotte is scheduled to begin a nine-game stretch on April 28. Tanaka, Takuya Furuya, and Yuta Kimura are all candidates for the spot start on April 30. Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2015
  • Model Nozomi Sasaki is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the home opener on March 31. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi is scheduled to pitch about three innings in relief in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on March 29. Assuming no problems after that, he could rejoin the Ichi-gun team in mid-April. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2015
  • Tomoya Mori could make the opening day starting line-up as the designated hitter. Through March 24, he was 9-for-25 with two doubles, five walks, and a slash line of .360/.467/.440 in eight Ni-gun games. Source: Sanspo 3/25/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Shiomi could start the home opener on March 31 against Seibu. Source: Sponichi 3/25/2015
  • Wily Mo Pena will donate 30,000 yen for every home run he hits and 10,000 yen for every RBI he records this season to a fund that helps children affected by the Tohoku earthquake. Source: Sponichi 3/25/2015
  • Hiromoto Okubo on players signing autographs: "Do your best not to turn down [fans] that ask for you autograph. ... Let's say you turn down one person. Suppose that one person is from a family of five. Now five people know. Let's say three of those five are kids. Now thirty to forty people from their school know." Source: Daily Sports 3/25/2015