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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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Rakuten Eagles

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

[3/2/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuya Fujita was scratched from Sunday's exhibition game against Softbank at the last minute because of pain in his lower abdomen.  He started feeling the pain during pre-game practices.  He was penciled in to get the start at second.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/2/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui's next outing could come on either the 7th or 8th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yusuke Masago joined the Ichi-gun team on Sunday for a one-day workout.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014
  • Dae-Ho Lee complained of tightness that extended from his neck to back during fielding practice on Sunday.  He did not take batting practice and did not play in the exhibition game against Rakuten.  He is expected to play in the next exhibition game on March 4 against Hanshin.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/2/2014
  • Toru Hosokawa hurt his left shoulder during Saturday's exhibition game against Rakuten and did not participate in pre-game practices on Sunday.  He will not travel with the team when it heads to the Kanto region on the 6th and will instead continue his rehab.  Source: Sponichi 3/2/2014
  • Kenichi Nakata's next outing will come on March 7 against Yokohama.  He will probably throw about sixty pitches.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/2/2014 ... Or somewhere around eighty pitches, according to Nikkan Sports.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • 5th round draft pick Yuto Yoshida attended his high school graduation on Saturday.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/2/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

Name Type Date NP Notes
Mitsuo Yoshikawa Bullpen 3/2 104 Sanspo 3/2/2014
Yuki Saito Bullpen 3/2 38 Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

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  • Shohei Otani will likely make his next start on six days of rest on March 8 vs Hanshin at Koshien.  Source: Daily Sports 3/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014
  • Michel Abreu arrived in Japan eight kilograms overweight.  He also complained of lower back pain.  He just recently resumed batting practice.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/2/2014
  • Yuya Taniguchi was pulled on defense in the 3rd inning of Saturday's game as a precaution after he developed a cramp in his right calf.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

[3/1/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 1:22 am, under NPB
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Quick Notes

  • The Fighters closed out Nago camp on Saturday.  Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2014
  • Shohei Otani left Saturday's game against Hiroshima after he took a batted ball off the area near his right buttock with the bases loaded and two out in the 5th.  The injury does not appear serious.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014 ... Hideki Kuriyama is not planning to set any hard pitch count limits on Otani this year.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014
  • Juan Miranda started feeling tightness in his abdominal muscles while running the bases in the 1st inning of Saturday's practice game against the Hiroshima Carp.  He was replaced by a pinch-runner as a precaution.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014
  • The Fighters opened a YouTube channel on March 1: FIGHTERSofficial.  Source: official announcement
  • Ski jumper Noriaki Kasai will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Sapporo Dome on March 29.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014, Sponichi 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] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 4:09 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Shohei Otani Bullpen 2/27 59 Including breaking pitches.  Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Shohei Otani could pitch in games on March 1, 8, 15, and 22.  That would put his first regular season start on March 30.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2014
  • Yuki Saito is scheduled to start an exhibition game against Yomiuri on March 5.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2014
  • Michel Abreu will not be playing in any of the remaining practice games in Okinawa because he is still behind schedule in his workouts.  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] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:38 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Mitsuo Yoshikawa Bullpen 2/25 85 Recorded the session.  Sanspo 2/25/2014
Shohei Otani Bullpen 2/25 86 Tossed session before practice game against KIA.  Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
Michael Crotta BP 2/25 30 Faced 2 hitters; first outing as batting practice pitcher; topped out at 153km/h.  Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014, Sponichi 2/25/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Naoyuki Uwasawa is slated to pitch in an exhibition game against Yomiuri on March 4.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2014
  • Michel Abreu is behind schedule.  When reporters asked Hideki Kuriyama about him, he replied, "Do not ask me about him because I will get angry."  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
  • Shohei Otani continues to work on a curve that has a little more velocity than his slow curve.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2014Daily Sports 2/25/2014
  • Former manager Trey Hillman will be making an appearance at Sapporo Dome on opening day.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014

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Kuriyama knew Mitsuo Yoshikawa was going to be his opening day starter in January of 2013.  He informed the pitcher of his decision in a letter on February 2013.  Kuriyama believes Yoshikawa has to lead the team if they are going to win.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2014, Nikkan 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

[2/23/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 1:37 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yudai Mori's next outing will most likely come during an exhibition game against Softbank on March 1.  Source: Daily Sports 2/23/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ni-gun camp has the day off on Monday.

Softbank Hawks

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps have the day off on Monday.

Orix Buffaloes

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps have the day off on Monday.
  • Through Sunday, Takahiro Okada is 10-for-13 with two home runs and eight RBI over four scrimmages/games.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ichi-gun camp has the day off on Monday
  • Shohei Otani's next outing will most likely during a practice game against Hiroshima on March 1.  Source: Daily Sports 2/23/2014

[2/21/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Feb.22, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Shohei Otani Bullpen 2/21 35 In preparation for exhibition game start against Lotte on the 22nd.  Sanspo 2/21/2014

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Shota Ono was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Friday and was diagnosed with a left ankle inversion sprain.  He will need about three or more weeks for a full recovery.  He is scheduled to report to the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya for rehab after four days of rest.  There is a chance he will not be ready in time for opening day.

Ono suffered the injury while running the bases during Thursday's practice game against Lotte.

Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2014