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[3/19/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Mar.20, 2015 @ 3:49 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari could get Daisuke Matsuzaka's first regular season start on March 31 against Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroshi Moriwaki sat down with pitchers at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on March 19 to discuss schedules and progress. He is planning to set the final rotation on March 24. Source: Sanspo 3/19/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to toss a bullpen session to a squatting catcher on March 20. He is set to pitch two or three innings during his last pre-season start on March 21. Source: Chunichi Sports 3/19/2015
  • Victor Garate is set to start an exhibition game against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome on March 20. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on March 19: Takahiro Fujioka started the game and gave up four runs on seven hits over nine innings of work. He had a shutout going through eight innings with seven strikeouts. He threw 115 pitches and walked two. Source: Sports Hochi 3/19/2015
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka will be presented with a Kyoto University President's Award for his accomplishments on the baseball field. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2015 ... Tanaka will be attending his college graduation on March 24. Souce: Sanspo 3/19/2015

[3/18/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.19, 2015 @ 4:24 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka wad diagnosed with influenza B on March 18. He will get rest at home and is expected to rejoin the team 23. He will most likely be scratched from his start on March 24. There is a chance his first regular season start will be pushed back. Pitching coach Masato Yoshii was diagnosed with influenza B on March 16. He is slated to rejoin the team on March 21. Source: Daily Sports 3/18/2015, Sponichi 3/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/18/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • There was concern Shohei Otani might not be able to make the opening day start on March 27 after he missed practices on March 17 with a fever. However, he managed to return to practices on March 18 and was able to toss about fifty pitches in the bullpen to a standing catcher. He is currently not expected to miss the opening day start. His last pre-season outing will be pushed back a day from March 20 (Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome) to March 21 (Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome). He will get the opening day start on five days of rest. Source: Sponichi 3/18/2015, Sports Hochi 3/18/2015, Daily Sports 3/18/2015, Daily Sports 3/18/2015 ... Otani was not feeling well on March 16, but still made an appearance at a talk event. He attended the event with teammate Naoyuki Uwasawa. The two rode back to the team dormitory in separate taxis to avoid spreading the cold. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/18/2015
  • Hideki Kuriyama will donate 2,000 yen to the Akaihane Kyodo Bokin (Central Community Chest) for every team the victory records this season. He will donate an additional 1,000 yen for every shutout victory. Kensuke Tanaka, Daikan Yoh, and Haruki Nishikawa will donate 2,000 yen for every hit and 1,000 yen for every stolen base. Sho Nakata will donate 2,000 yen for every hit and 1,000 yen for every home run. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/18/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka will be sent down to Ni-gun for more work. Tanaka started an exhibition game against Softbank on March 18 and gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits over four innings of work. He gave up a two-run home run to Dae-Ho Lee in the 1st. Source: Sports Hochi 3/18/2015
  • Alfredo Despaigne will not be able to make the opening day roster because his team in Cuba made the playoffs. He will not be able to join the team until some time in April. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/18/2015

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions announced on March 18 that they signed a helmet sponsorship deal with Belluna. Source: official announcement
  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi threw fifteen pitches against Yokohama during his Ni-gun debut on March 17. Nine pitches were fastballs, seven were thrown at or above 150km/h. Source: Sponichi 3/18/2015, Chunichi Sports 3/18/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ni-gun game against Yakult on March 17: Takashi Saito entered the game in the 7th and gave up a run (unearned) on a hit over an inning of work. He topped out at 144km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 3/18/2015
  • The Eagles will hold public viewings at kobo Stadium for their opening series against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome. Source: official announcement
  • Hiromoto Okubo delayed naming Takahiro Norimoto the opening day starter because the ace had some tightness in his right elbow. Norimoto was examined on March 16 and given the green light. Takahiro Shiomi was considered an alternate. Norimoto is slated to pitch in an exhibition game on March 20 against Chunichi. Source:Sports Hochi 3/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/18/2015

[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
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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

[3/15/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.16, 2015 @ 4:57 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kyoiku League game against Hiroshima on March 14: Rick VandenHurk did not allow a run or hit over three innings of work. He threw thirty-five pitches. He was able to throw the slider and curveball, but did not get around to throwing the change-up. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2015
  • The Hawks signed a partnership agreement with the city of Kurume in Fukuoka. Source: Sanspo 3/15/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ni-gun game against Lotte on March 15: Yuki Saito started the game and gave up one run on six hits over six innings of work. He threw eighty-nine pitches, walked two, and struck out five. The one run Saito allowed scored in the 1st on a ground out to short with runners on second and third and no out. Source: Sports Hochi 3/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/15/2015, Sponichi 3/15/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Hayao Segawa is slated to pitch in another game on March 17 against Hiroshima at Sapporo Dome. Source: Sports Hochi 3/15/2015
  • The Fighters stopped a seven-game losing streak (including two ties) on March 15 with a 7-3 victory over the Seibu Lions. The last time they suffered through a seven-game losing streak during the exhibition season was in 1965. The last team to record a seven-game or more losing streak was Hanshin in 2014 with seven. Source: Sponichi 3/15/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • First round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka is slated to graduate from Kyoto University as planned. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo selected Yuki Matsui as his closer (for the time being) during a general team meeting after an exhibition game against Yakult on March 14. Source: Sports Hochi 3/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/15/2015, Sponichi 3/15/2015 ... Okubo is holding off on selecting his opening day starter for the time being. He is being cautious with his decision. Source: Sponichi 3/15/2015
  • Takahiro Norimoto will most likely get one more start before the regular season: during a three-game series against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome beginning on March 20. Source: Daily Sports 3/15/2015

[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
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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