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[2/24/2015] Spring Camp Games from February 24

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:55 am, under NPB
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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

[2/22/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Feb.23, 2015 @ 7:48 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda is slated to start a game on the 24th. Jason Standridge will pitch on the 25th. Hiroki Yamada will have a chance to pitch on the 24th after his start on Sunday was rained out. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka will most likely make his pre-season debut on March 1 against Rakuten at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2015 ... After March 1, Matsuzaka could get regular starts on Sunday: March 8 against Lotte, March 15 against Chunichi, and March 22 against Hiroshima. Source: Sports Hochi 2/22/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuki Nishi, Bryan Bullington, Brandon Dickson, and Takahiro Matsuba will most likely make the starting rotation. Chihiro Kaneko will make the rotation as well, assuming he is healthy/ready. A number of pitchers, including Kazumasa Yoshida and first round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki, will be competing for the final spot. Source: Daily Sports 2/22/215
  • Shuichi Furukawa missed practices on Sunday because of gastroenteritis. He was treated at the hospital and will rest for two days. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh did not play in Sunday's exhibition game against Yakult because of gastroenteritis. He showed symptoms the night before and rested on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015

[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