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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] Orix Buffaloes News and Notes

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 1:24 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Yuniesky Betancourt 2/28 15 Faced Yoshihisa Hirano; hit two over the fence.  Daily Sports 3/1/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Yuniesky Betancourt could play in his first game on either March 2 (vs Lotte) or March 4 (vs Yokohama).  He was in the dugout on Saturday, but only as an observer.  Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2014
  • Saturday's game against Seibu was called after four innings due to rain.  Pitchers that were unable to make their scheduled appearances -- like 1st round draft pick Kazumasa Yoshida and 2nd round draft pick Daiki Tomei -- will get to pitch some time on or after the 4th.  Source: Sponichi 3/1/2014Sponichi 3/1/2014
  • Yoshio Itoi (right side) returned to Kobe to get treatment for his right side.  It is unknown when he will rejoin the Ichi-gun team.  Source: Sanspo 3/1/2014

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Ryoichi Adachi was late to practices on Friday because he was getting his left hand examined at a hospital (there was swelling near the base of the thumb, he was diagnosed with a bruise).  Hiroshi Moriwaki was not happy about the tardiness and told reporters the team would never really improve until players and trainers took things more seriously.  In Adachi's case, he had other options, like waiting until after practices or seeking emergency medical help.

Source: Sports Hochi 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] Orix Buffaloes News and Notes

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 4:09 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Yuniesky Betancourt 2/26 34 16 could-be hits.  Daily Sports 2/27/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Kei Igawa BP 2/27 43 Face Hikaru Ito, Shunta Goto, and Katsuki Yamazaki; allowed five could-be hits; indoors due to rain.  Sports Hochi 2/27/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Kei Igawa is scheduled to pitch in a game against Seibu on March 1.  Source: Sponichi 2/27/2014
  • Yoshihisa Hirano is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 28th.  He could pitch in his first exhibition game on March 4 vs Yokohama.  Source: Sponichi 2/27/2014
  • Yuniesky Betancourt's fat content is eight percent.  Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2014

[2/26/2014] Orix Buffaloes News and Notes

by on Feb.27, 2014 @ 4:15 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Yuniesky Betancourt 2/26 13 Faced Nobuyoshi Yamada; three could-be hits; focused more on watching pitches.  Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Mamoru Kishida Bullpen 2/26 148 Daily Sports 2/26/2014
Chihiro Kaneko Bullpen 2/26 59 Sixth session.  Sanspo 2/26/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Chihiro Kaneko has decreased his throwing workload during spring camp this year because he wants to see if it will help him remain fresh and injury-free this season.  Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
  • Hiroshi Moriwaki told reporters Yuniesky Betancourt could see time at short and second based on how he handled grounders at third during fielding practice on Tuesday.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2014, Sponichi 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

[2/23/2014] 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