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[2/24/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:50 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama is slated to start a practice game against Samsung (KBO) at YafuOku Dome on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015, Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to continue testing different line-ups until the start of the regular season. He would like to establish an "everyday" line-up for the regular season. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015
  • The Hawks scanned and checked shoulders for every pitcher in the organization during spring camp using three ultrasound machines. The goal was to get a better feel for shoulder conditions and to establish potential baselines for some of the players. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroshi Moriwaki is thinking about testing some Ni-gun players during a five-game (practice games) stretch that begins on the 24th. Players like Yoshitomo Tani and Keiichi Hirano might see some playing time on the 27th (vs Seibu) or 28th (vs Hanshin). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hiroshi Urano rejoined the Ichi-gun team on the 24th after missing time with some tightness in his right inner thigh. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015
  • A retirement ceremony will be held for assistant general manager Masao Kida on March 4. He will face Yomiuri manager Tatsunori Hara and his catcher will be player/battery coach Satoshi Nakajima. Kida began his NPB career with the Yomiuri Giants; the last NPB team he played for was the Nippon Ham Fighters. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015, Sponichi 2/24/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka could present his graduation thesis in early March to make sure he has enough time to make corrections before his final submission deadline on March 20 without cutting into his practice schedule. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015

Seibu Lions

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiroshi Katayama made his debut as a position player in a Ni-gun practie game against KT (KBO) on Tuesday. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 6th and flied out to right. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015

[2/23/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Feb.24, 2015 @ 7:26 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camp had the day off on Monday.
  • Hiroki Yamada will pitch in Tuesday's practice game against Lotte after his exhibition game start against Seibu on Sunday was rained out. Shota Takeda will start the game on Tuesday. Takeda and Yamada will throw about eight innings combined. Relievers could get work in Ni-gun Kyoiku League games. Source: Sponichi 2/23/2015
  • Yuya Hasegawa had surgery on his right knee in December last year and was assigned to group B spring camp. He is slated to continue his rehab and training in Miyazaki for the rest of the month. If he does not suffer any setbacks, he could play in a number of rehab Kyoiku League games between March 3 and 8. If he does well, he could play in his first exhibition game on March 11 (vs Yomiuri at YafuOku Dome). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2015
  • Kumamoto Prefecture presented former manager Koji Akiyama with a prefectural honor award on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Monday.
  • First round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki is slated to make his debut during a practice game against Doosan (KBO) on the 24th. Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2015
  • Tony Blanco took things a little slow during the fifth block of camp because coaches were concerned he was pushing himself too hard, too early (he had problems with both his hamstrings last season). He is hoping to join general team workouts on the 24th. He may not play in his first game until March 4 (exhibition game against Chunichi at Kyocera Dome). Source: Daily Sports 2/23/2015, Sponichi 2/23/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ni-gun camp had the day off on Monday.
  • The Fighters announced that they sold out of tickets for their home opener on March 27. They are planning to sell tickets to seats with poor sight lines beginning on March 12 at 12:00pm. Source: official announcement ... The sellout is the quickest in franchise history since moving to Hokkaido. Source: Sponichi 2/23/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura and Ernesto Mejia will head back to Tokyo around the 26th and continue their training at Seibu 2 Stadium. They will rejoin the team next month on the 6th, in time for a game against Hanshin at Koshien. Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2015, Sponichi 2/23/2015, Sanspo 2/23/2015
  • Ginjiro Sumitani is slated to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on the 27th. Tomoya Mori will be the main catcher in games until then (three games beginning on the 24th against Rakuten, Lotte, and Softbank). Source: Daily Sports 2/23/2015

[2/21/2015] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Feb.22, 2015 @ 6:12 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yoshiaki Fujioka was called up to Ichi-gun camp on the 21st. Akihiro Hakumura will continue his training at Ni-gun camp. Source: Sanspo 2/21/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka is slated to make relief appearances in games on the 22nd (vs Hiroshima) and 26th (vs Orix). If he pitches well, he could get an exhibition game start in March. Source: Sponichi 2/21/2015
  • The Marines released Nico Nico stream viewer numbers for the fourth and final block of Ishigakijima camp (February 17-20): Day 14 - 40,088 viewers and 8,917 comments; Day 15 - 40,454 viewers and 17,631 comments; Day 16 - 35,824 viewers and 8,953 comments; Day 17 - 14,705 viewers and 4,238 comments. Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2015

[2/20/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.21, 2015 @ 8:42 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • Ni-gun camp had the day off on Friday (travel day).
  • First round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki is slated to pitch an inning or two in a practice game against Doosan (KBO) on the 24th. Daiki Tomei, Yuji Maeda, and Tomoyuki Kaida are set to pitch three innings each during Saturday's exhibition game against Softbank. Source: Sponichi 2/20/2015
  • Kimiyasu Kudo threw ninety-six batting practice pitches to Kenta Imamiya on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Friday.

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ni-gun camp had the day off on Friday.
  • The Marines closed out Ishigakijima camp on Friday. Source: Chunichi Sports 2/20/2015

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions closed out Nango camp on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2015
  • Takayuki Kishi will most likely be named opening day starter. Source: Sponichi 2/20/2015
  • Hideto Asamura could play in his first game on March 6 (exhibition game against Hanshin at Koshien). Asamura has been taking things slow during spring camp so far because he had surgery on his left shoulder last November. Source: Sports Hochi 2/20/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ni-gun camp had the day off on Friday (travel day).
  • Ginji and Takero Okajima could make appearances in upcoming practice games as catchers. Hiromoto Okubo wants to carry two full-time catchers and sees Ginji and Okajima as emergency back-ups. Source: Sponichi 2/20/2015, Daily Sports 2/20/2015

[2/19/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.20, 2015 @ 6:01 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama will most likely start the first exhibition game of the year on the 21st against Orix. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015
  • The Hawks are thinking about bringing back the green retro Nankai uniform used between 1978 and 1983 for their Osaka Classic series. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015
  • Tomoki Takata missed practices on Thursday because of the flu. He had a fever and was tested at a hospital on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 2/19/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi is slated to pitch in an intra-squad game on the 24th and a practice game against SK on the 26th. Each outing will be for one inning. Source: Sports Hochi 2/19/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kuan-Yu Chen is set to start Lotte's first exhibition game of the year on the 21st against Chunichi. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015
  • Kento Yachi is scheduled to make a relief appearance in the Chunichi game on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Esmerling Vasquez is currently scheduled to start Seibu's first exhibition game of the year on the 22nd against Softbank. Makoto Aiuchi is set to start a practice game against Doosan on the 21st. Source: Sanspo 2/19/2015
  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi has a pitch count limit of about sixty for bullpen sessions. He may not pitch in another game until some time in March. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015 ... Takahashi will most likely make his next appearance during a Ni-gun Kyoiku League game in March. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015
  • Takayuki Kishi, Tatsushi Masuda, Yusei Kikuchi, Ryoma Nogami, Kazuhisa Makita, Tomomi Takahashi, Ginjiro Sumitani, Yuji Onizaki, Hideto Asamura, Takeya Nakamura, Ernesto Mejia, and Takumi Kuriyama will not be traveling with the Ichi-gun team. They will continue their workouts at the Kochi Haruno Baseball Stadium. Taiki Nakago will join Ni-gun camp. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ginji and Takero Okajima caught pitches in the bullpen during practices on the 19th. Ginji caught Takaaki Yokoyama and Okajima caught Wataru Karashima. They also worked on their throws to second. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015

[2/16/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Feb.17, 2015 @ 10:14 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camp had the day off on Monday.
  • Ni-gun Lotte will play four Eastern League games at Funabashi Baseball Stadium this season: May 17 vs Yokohama, July 29 vs Yomiuri, August 7 vs Yakult, August 18 vs Nippon Ham. Source: official announcement
  • The Marines released Nico Nico stream viewer numbers for the third block camp (February 11-15): Day 9 - 42,888 viewers and 15,510 comments; Day 10 - 42,414 viewers and 9,438 comments; Day 11 - 40,603 viewers and 10,566 comments; Day 12 - 55,538 viewers and 37,983 comments; Day 13 - 50,609 viewers and 26,710 comments. Source: Sponichi 2/16/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camp had the day off on Monday.
  • Makoto Aiuchi is slated to start a practice game against Doosan (KBO) on the 21st. Source: Daily Sports 2/16/2015
  • Yuji Onizaki's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 3,220 grams, on the 14th. Source: Sanspo 2/16/2015

[2/15/2015] Spring Camp Games from February 15

by on Feb.16, 2015 @ 9:50 am, under NPB
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[2/14/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.15, 2015 @ 1:41 pm, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 16th before pitching in an exhibition game against Orix on the 21st. Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2015
  • Akira Nakamura missed a couple days with a gastrointestinal virus. He returned to practices on the 14th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015
  • Keizo Kawashima cut practices short on Saturday because of a fever and was later diagnosed with the flu. Source: Sponichi 2/14/2015
  • Kimiyasu Kudo threw the ball about thirty-five times on Saturday in preparation for the possibility of tossing batting practice. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuji Maeda is slated to start a practice game against KT (KBO) on the 15th and pitch two innings. Kazumasa Yoshida, Tomoyuki Kaida, and Daiki Tomei are scheduled to follow with two innings a piece and Alessandro Maestri with one inning. Shinya Nakayama, Hirokazu Shiranita, and Ryo Sakakibara will be back-ups. Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2015
  • The Buffaloes are spending about thirty million yen on renovations to the locker rooms on the first base side (home team). Construction began early this year and should be complete in time for the exhibition game against Chunichi on March 4. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara was two to three kilograms over his ideal weight of ninety-seven kilograms during his pre-camp physical. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Hideaki Wakui is slated to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on the 18th. Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2015
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka could also pitch in the batting practice scrimmage on the 18th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi tossed a bullpen session on the 14th for the first time since the 4th. In between sessions, he worked on his mechanics. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015
  • Takeya Nakamura played some short during fielding practice on Friday because they were down a few players. It was the first time he played the position. He handled four chances without any difficulty and helped turn two double plays. Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2015, Chunichi Sports 2/14/2015, Daily Sports 2/14/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto is planning to use a different set of cleats with fewer spikes when he pitches at YafuOku Dome. Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2015
  • Yuki Matsui was warned about a two-stage delivery during an intra-squad game on the 12th. He was also warned about it during practices on the 14th and worked on the necessary adjustments with pitching coach Hirshi Takamura. Source: Sponichi 2/14/2015
  • Takero Okajima received ninety Valentine's Day chocolates. Source: Sanpso 2/14/2015