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[10/9/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Bufaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Nov.10, 2015 @ 9:15 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Robert Suarez tossed a bullpen session on November 9. He threw fifty-four pitches. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/9/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Haruki Nishikawa's uniform number will change from 8 to 7. He will focus only on playing the outfield next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2015
  • Padres pitching instructor Eric Junge visited Okinawa fall camp on November 7. Two pitchers apparently caught his eye: Hirotoshi Takanashi (polish) and Masashi Kanehira (interesting characteristics). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2015
  • The Fighters removed a problematic banner at Shin Chitose Airport out of consideration for the Ainu and issued an apology. The banner was called into question by the Hokkaido Ainu Association. They claimed the banner was in poor taste and failed to take the Ainu into consideration -- it showed an image of Hideki Kuriyama along with the phrase, "Hokkaido, the land of pioneers." The problematic banner was part of a four-banner set at the airport. All four were taken down since they were part of a larger theme. The team is working on a new set to replace them. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tsutomu Ito is sticking to the statement he made about sending all players that drop out of Kamogawa fall camp for whatever reason, including injury, to Ni-gun spring camp next year. Takashi Ogino will most likely be no exception -- he was recently reassigned to Urawa fall camp because of inflammation in his left knee.

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori caught Kona Takahashi during an intra-squad game on November 7. Takahashi gave up a run on three hits over five innings for the Whites. Mori caught Takahashi one other time after they turned professional: Ni-gun game against Yokohama on March 17. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2015
  • The Lions are planning to offer Makoto Aiuchi the uniform number 41. He is currently wearing the number 71. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Practice game against LG on November 7: Yuya Oda went 4-for-5 with three RBI, Yuto Yoshida went 2-for-3 with three RBI. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2015
  • Ban Takagi is working on throwing with a side-arm delivery. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2015

Rakuten Eagles