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[11/17/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Nov.18, 2015 @ 1:23 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Robert Suarez tossed fifty-two pitches in a bullpen session on November 16. It was his second session since joining the team in Miayzaki for fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2015
  • Shunsuke Kasaya threw eighty pitches in the bullpen on November 15. Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters announced that the venue for their game against Softbank on April 1 will change from Tokyo Dome to Shizuoka Kusanagi Baseball Stadium. It will be their first home game at the stadium since May 9, 1991. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe is worried about Takeya Nakamura's health and would like to give him more breaks from playing defense at third by giving him starts at designated hitter next season. That could give players like Hotaka Yamakawa and Shuta Tonosaki a chance to get starts at third. Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2015

Orix Buffaloes

Rakuten Eagles

  • Intra-squad game on November 15: Kenta Kurihara (tryout) got the start at designated hitter for the Whites and batted third. He went 1-for-3 (single to center in the 5th). Source: Sponichi 11/16/2015 ... Ryohei Kawamoto (tryout) was the starting designated hitter for the Reds and batted third. He went 1-for-3 with a double. He moved to catcher in the 5th inning. Soma Yamauchi (tryout) pitched two innings and gave up three runs. Source: Sponichi 11/16/2015
  • Renovations at kobo Stadium (converting turf to natural grass, Ferris wheel construction in left-center) will cost about three billion yen. The Eagles are planning to make a formal announcement during a press conference on November 20. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2015