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[3/3/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Mar.03, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Hideaki Wakui is slated to start Tuesday's exhibition game against Rakuten.  Source: Sponichi 3/3/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Watanabe will mostly likely make the opening day starting rotation.  He could make his first start of the regular season on March 30 vs Softbank.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Shinya Kayama joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at YafuOku Dome on Monday.  He will pitch an inning in relief in Tuesday's game against Hanshin.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • Dae-Ho Lee did not attend general workouts on Monday  He did not play in Sunday's exhibition game because of discomfort in his back.  Source: Sanspo 3/3/2014
  • Paul Oseguera will be sent down to Ni-gun.  The four foreign player slots on the active roster could end up going to Lee, Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe, and Dennis Sarfate.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/3/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuki Nishi is scheduled to start Tuesday's game against Yokohama.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • Hisashi Yamada will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday's exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants.  He will also participate in an opening ceremony at Bs Square before the start of the game.  Source: official announcement

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The media learned Wily Mo Pena hurt his right side during Saturday's practice game against Seibu.  He did not play in Sunday's practice game against Lotte and returned to Osaka.  Pena's condition does not appear to be serious, however the Buffaloes will exercise caution because side injuries can be tricky.  There is a good chance he will miss Tuesday's game against Yokohama.  At worst, he could be sidelined until mid-March.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/3/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani will most likely make all his pre-season appearances in Ichi-gun games.  Other players will be making appearances in Ni-gun Kyoiku League games.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Ryo Watanabe attended his high school graduation on Monday.  He could not participate in the ceremony, since he had to go to the NPB Rookie Seminar in the afternoon.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/3/2014

[3/1/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 1:37 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Greg Reynolds and Michael Bowden are scheduled to pitch in Sunday's practice game against Hanshin.  Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2014
  • Takeya Nakamura has not resumed batting practice yet.  The trainers have left it up to the slugger to set his own pace. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines have set up three Japanese-style private seating rooms large enough for up to eight people.  Tickets will cost 32,000 yen during the trial period in April and May.  After that, they will cost 40,000 yen.  Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dae-Ho Lee will get two trips to the plate per game over the next few games.  He is also expected to play some first soon.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014
  • Shinya Kayama, Kodai Senga, and 3rd round draft pick Ken Okamoto are scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Hanshin on March 4.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014
  • 4th round draft pick Seiji Uebayashi attended his high school graduation on Friday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014
  • The Hawks will stream most of their home Ni-gun and San-gun games this season.  Schedules can be found at the team's official Ustream channel.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014

[2/28/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Mar.01, 2014 @ 5:57 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

Name Type Date NP Notes
Yusei Kikuchi Bullpen 2/28 60 Including breaking pitches.  Sports Hochi 2/28/2014, Sanspo 2/28/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yuki Karakawa is scheduled to start Saturday's exhibition game against Hanshin.  Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Name Date Swings Notes
Yuniesky Betancourt 2/28   Faced Yoshihisa Hirano; hit two over the fence.  Sanspo 2/28/2014

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  • The Buffaloes closed out their camp in Kochi on Friday.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2014
  • Team president Hiroaki Nishina watched workouts at Kochi camp on Friday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
  • Kei Igawa tossed batting practice on Thursday off flat ground because the session had to be held indoors due to the rain.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa is scheduled to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Yakult on March 6.  Source: Sponichi 2/28/2014
  • The Fighters will be adding a Cheer Stage near the back of the reserved infield A seat section on the third base side.  Source: official announcement

[2/27/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 4:23 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi will start a practice game against Orix on March 1.  Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2014
  • Takeya Nakamura will most likely play in his first exhibition game on March 15 vs Orix.  He is currently making his way back from left side pain.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshihisa Naruse will likely pitch in three more games before the start of the regular season: March 7, 14, and 21.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014

[2/26/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Feb.27, 2014 @ 4:18 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Jason Standridge's next outing will come during an exhibition game against Hanshin at YafuOku Dome on March 4.  Source: Sanpso 2/26/2014
  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka will join group B for workouts/rehab beginning on the 27th because of tightness in his lower back.  Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014, Sports Hochi 2/26/2014
  • 2nd round draft pick Yuito Mori got tips on how to throw the palm ball from Pitching Coach Shinichi Kato on Wednesday.  Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014, Sponichi 2/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani took fielding practice in right on the 26th for the first time during spring camp this year.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
  • Hirotoshi Masui is hoping to improve his fastball by adding a curve to the mix.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2014
  • Luis Mendoza's next outing will most likely come against Yomiuri at Sapporo Dome on March 4.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

[2/25/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:51 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yuta Omine gave up seven runs in four innings in a practice game against Yakult on Tuesday.  Tsutomu Ito told reporters Omine most likely ran out of chances to secure a spot in the opening day starting rotation.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2014
  • Through Tuesday, 5th round draft pick Seiya Inoue is 12-for-24 in seven scrimmages/games.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
  • The 2014 M-Splash team was introduced to the media on Tuesday at QVC Marine.  Seven of the twenty-four cheerleaders are new additions.  Source: Sponichi 2/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Name Date Swings Notes
Yuniesky Betancourt 2/25 53 24 could-be hits; 1 over the fence.  Sports Hochi 2/25/2014, Daily Sports 2/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014

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  • Yuniesky Betancourt arrived in Japan on the 22nd.  He was introduced at a press conference in Kochi on Wednesday and joined the team for practices on Tuesday.  He started thinking about playing in Japan two years ago.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014 ... Betancourt took fielding practice at third with Esteban German on Tuesday.  Source: Sponichi 2/25/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Masanori HayashiKensuke UchimuraToshiro Miyazaki, and Shotaro Ide will join Ichi-gun camp in Ginowan on Wednesday.  Atori Ota and Tomo Otosaka will be sent down to Ni-gun camp in Kadena.  Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2014

[2/24/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

Nagisa Arakaki will be sent down to Ni-gun camp after giving up five runs on seven hits over three innings of work.  He may not get another chance to pitch at Ichi-gun before the start of the season.  Paul Oseguera also had a bad outing: three runs on five hits over three innings of work.  He might get another chance, but will really have to impress if he is going to win one of the four foreign player slots on the active roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a press conference for Yuniesky Betancourt at a hotel in Kochi on Monday.  He was assigned the number one.  He is scheduled to join the team for practices on Tuesday.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2014
  • Through Sunday, Takahiro Okada is 10-for-13 with eight RBI in four scrimmages/games.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa is scheduled to get the opening day start.  Hideki Kuriyama told reporters of the decision at 11:34am on Monday (eleven for the number of years it has been since Nippon Ham moved to Hokkaido and thirty-four for Yoshikawa's uniform number).  Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2014
  • Through Sunday, Sho Nakata is 10-for-26 with three home runs in nine scrimmages/games.  Source: Sponichi 2/24/2014

[2/21/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines News and Notes

by on Feb.22, 2014 @ 12:52 am, under NPB
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Quick Notes

  • Through February 20, 5th round draft pick Seiya Inoue is 10-for-15 with three home runs and six RBI in four scrimmages/games.  Source: Sanspo 2/21/2014

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Hiroya Kawamitsu felt discomfort in his left Achilles tendon while running during practices on the 18th.  The pain increased overnight and the coaches decided to have him focus and work through the injury at Ni-gun camp.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2014

[2/19/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines News and Notes

by on Feb.20, 2014 @ 3:13 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Ayumu Ishikawa Bullpen 2/18 55 Sponichi 2/19/2014

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Quick Notes

  • The Ichi-gun team closed out practices at Ishigaki camp on Wednesday.
  • Yoshihisa Naruse is slated to get the opening day start on March 28 against Softbank at YafuOku Dome.  Source: Sanspo 2/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa will start an exhibition game against Nippon Ham on the 22nd.  Source: Sanspo 2/19/2014
  • Hideaki Wakui and Yuki Karakawa are scheduled to pitch in a game against Hiroshima on the 23rd.  Source: Sponichi 2/18/2014
  • Ten players at Ichi-gun camp will be sent down to Ni-gun camp for more playing time.  Source: Sanspo 2/19/92014