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[6/2/2015] Rakuten’s Goto and Hiroshima’s Kokubo earn FA options

by on Jun.02, 2015 @ 9:17 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten's Mitsutaka Goto (36) and Hiroshima's Tetsuya Kokubo (30) earned their FA options today. Goto earned the second option of his career (he exercised his first option in 2010 and stayed with Orix). Kokubo his first (domestic) with seven years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 6/2/2015, Daily Sports 6/2/2015

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[12/19/2013] Rakuten to send Teppei to Orix for M. Goto

by on Dec.19, 2013 @ 1:37 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles and Orix Buffaloes agreed to a trade that will send thirty-five-year-old infielder Mitsutaka Goto to Sendai for thirty-year-old outfielder Teppei.  An announcement of the deal is expected later today.

The Eagles were looking for more infield depth with the departure of Casey McGehee and Teppei became expendable with the growth shown by a number of younger players this season.  Goto had two bad seasons in a row for the Buffaloes and was effectively pushed to the back of the queue.  Both teams felt a change of scenery could do the players some good.

Source: Daily Sports 12/19/2013, Sponichi 12/19/2013, official announcement (Rakuten), official announcement (Orix)

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Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: February 22, 2013

by on Feb.22, 2013 @ 11:38 pm, under NPB
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The Buffaloes closed out Miyakoji spring camp today.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013

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The Buffaloes announced today that Mike Schultz passed his tryout with the team.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013

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Yuki Nishi is scheduled to start an exhibition game against Yokohama on the 23rd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2013

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Shun Tono threw 1,870 pitches during spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013

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Mitsutaka Goto has spent time at second, third, and short during the spring.  So far, Hiroshi Moriwaki likes Goto at short.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013

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Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: February 21, 2013

by on Feb.21, 2013 @ 11:30 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Tatsuya Sato: bullpen, forty pitches
  • Takahiro Mahara: bullpen, about forty pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2013, Sponichi 2/21/2013

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Tatsuya Sato reached the "2,000 pitches in spring camp bullpen sessions" milestone today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2013

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Takahiro Mahara has thrown about 800 pitches in the bullpen during spring camp this year.

"[I have thrown] close to twice as much as I usually do.  But I feel no strange pains or tightness," said Mahara.

Source: Sponichi 2/21/2013

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Mitsutaka Goto worked out at third during infield drills today.  He was also the starting third baseman for an intra-squad game on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2013

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Mamoru Kishida was diagnosed with a minor strain in his left biceps femoris muscle during a hospital visit on Wednesday.  There is a good chance he will not be able to make the active roster until some time in April.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/21/2013

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Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: February 13, 2013

by on Feb.13, 2013 @ 11:31 pm, under NPB
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Satoshi Komatsu is scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game on the 14th.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/13/2013

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Masafumi Hirai would like to try for his second Comeback Player of the Year Award.  He told reporters on Tuesday that he has already thrown over 1,000 pitches in the bullpen during spring camp so far this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2013

According to Sponichi, Hirai is not interested in the Comeback Player of the Year Award -- his goal for 2013 is to help Orix win a championship.

Source: Sponichi 2/13/2013

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Mitsutaka Goto started off at Ni-gun camp because of concerns with his left knee.  He was called up to Ichi-gun today and will get a chance to play in intra-squad games on the 14th and 15th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2013

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Samurai Japan candidate Yoshio Itoi closed out his workouts with the team today.  He will head to Miyazaki on Thursday for WBC mini-camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2013

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Orix Buffaloes: March 9, 2012

by on Mar.09, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Friday

  • Hayato Terahara threw seventy pitches, including off-speed pitches, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen.  This was the third time he threw to a squatting catcher. (Daily Sports)
  • 4th round draft pick Tomoyuki Kaida threw about seventy pitches in the bullpen. (Sanspo)

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Thursday's practice game against the Seibu Lions at Hotto Motto Kobe (Lions 4 - Buffaloes 4): Satoshi Komatsu started the game and gave up three runs on eight hits over five innings of work. [Sports Hochi Osaka]

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Mitsutaka Goto is expected to play in Saturday's game against the Chunichi Dragons (Kyocera Dome).

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Hayato Terahara (coming back from right shoulder tightness) tossed a bullpen session today and told reporters that he was not feeling any pain and that his pitches were not too bad.

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4th round draft pick Tomoyuki Kaida decided to toss a bullpen session today after his exhibition outing got rained out.  He could pitch two innings in a an exhibition game against Chunichi on Sunday.

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Dae-Ho Lee told reporters on Wednesday he was going to start aiming for better and stronger contact, which could in turn result in home runs.  Lee followed that statement up with a homer during a practice game against the Seibu Lions on Thursday.

Through Thursday, he is 16-for-29 with five RBI over fourteen games.

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Orix Buffaloes: February 15, 2012

by on Feb.15, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Wednesday

  • Mitsutaka Goto took fifty-four swings during batting practice and hit two over the fence.  This was the first time Goto took outdoor batting practice since the start of spring camp. (Sports Hochi)

Wednesday

  • Satoshi Komatsu threw fifty-eight pitches in the bullpen. (Sponichi)

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A portion of practices (over an hour) were shutoff to the media today as the team went over signs.

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Satoshi Komatsu joined the Ichi-gun team for practices today and tossed a bullpen session.

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Daily Sports reports that Akinobu Okada likes what Shunta brings to the table (defense, speed, arm) and plans to give him the best chance at winning the starting job in right.  Hisao Arakane, Shogo Akada, Masato Fukae, and 8th round draft pick Takayoshi Kawabata are amongst the other possible candidates.

So far, Shunta is 4-for-10 with four RBI, batting out of the lead-off spot, over three practice games.

Takahiro Okada and Tomotaka Sakaguchi will most likely start in left and center, respectively.

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The media learned on Tuesday that the Buffaloes are planning to use the Miyakojima facilities for spring camp in 2013.

Beginning in 2010, Okada complained about the conditions at the facilities and dropped hints that he would get the organization to consider finding a new location.  Team officials visited the facilities in December 2011 and found them satisfactory after Miyakojima spent about 30M yen in improvements.

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Okada spent about forty-five minutes on Wednesday giving 2nd round draft pick Takuya Shimada pointers on hitting.  This was apparently the first time Okada worked directly with a first year player since becoming manager of the Buffaloes.

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Orix Buffaloes: February 8, 2012

by on Feb.08, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice

Wednesday

  • Mitsutaka Goto took 138 swings during indoor lunchtime BP.  It was his first round of lunchtime BP during spring camp. (Daily Sports)

Tuesday

  • Dae-Ho Lee swung the bat seventy-seven times and hit eleven over the fence. (Sports Hochi Osaka)

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Today was the end of the second block of spring camp for the Buffaloes.  The team has the day off tomorrow.

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4th round draft pick Tomoyuki Kaida faced Makoto Moriyama, Issei Nakamura, 2nd round draft pick Takuya Shimada, and 7th round raft pick Shuhei Kojima during batting practice today and allowed six could-be hits on fifty-four pitches.

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Akinobu Okada likes 4th round draft pick as a left-handed option.

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Chihiro Kaneko spent about an hour with the trainer after he started complaining of stiffness in his right arm during a bullpen session on Tuesday.  Kaneko was seen playing catch at a distance of about thirty meters today.

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Dae-Ho Lee will likely play in an intra-squad game on February 11.  He will also likely start at first and bat fourth during a practice game against Hanshin on February 18.

Lee will probably get at least one or two plate appearances on February 11 because team owner Yoshihiko Miyauchi will be in town.

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Orix Buffaloes: January 15, 2012

by on Jan.15, 2012 @ 9:54 pm, under NPB
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The 2011 draft class ran stairs at Hotto Motto Kobe as part of their workouts today.

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Mitsutaka Goto showed off his uniform with the letter "C" on the left chest area on Saturday.

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Mamoru Kishida is planning to donate a portion of the money he makes selling a wooden calendar and rice to relief efforts in northern Japan.

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One of Yuki Nishi's memorable event from 2011: catching a cold.

Nishi was scheduled to make a start on 6/11/2011 (vs Yomiuri at Kyocera Dome), but was scratched due to a cold.  The next day, he was taken off the active roster with Akinobu Okada complaining to reporters about how Nishi did not know how to take care of himself properly.

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About 90 people attended a Kintetsu Buffaloes' former players gathering in an Osaka hotel on Saturday.

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Former Orix Buffalo So Taguchi has been rehabbing his right shoulder in Arizona (arthroscopic surgery on right shoulder in October 2011) and is scheduled to return to Japan on 1/17.  His shoulder is now at about 80% and assuming no setbacks, he could begin a throwing program in about a month.

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Orix Buffaloes: January 14, 2012

by on Jan.15, 2012 @ 12:35 am, under NPB
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Mitsutaka Goto, Mamoru Kishida, and Yuki Nishi participated in a fan gathering at a Osaka hotel on Saturday.  About 200 fans attended the event.

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Kishida is trying to drop his current fat percentage of 14-15% by about 3%.

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Hirotoshi Kitagawa is working his way back from a ruptured left Achilles tendon.  His workouts on Friday included short distance dashes and BP.  Said Kitagawa, "[My leg is] at about 50-60%.  I have no problems hitting or throwing.  I am working on strengthening my leg."

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Shinji Takahashi could end up competing against Kitagawa for the starting DH job.

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