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[2/5/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.06, 2016 @ 3:48 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters had the day off on February 5.
  • Shohei Otani could make it into an intra-squad game as a position player on February 6. Source: Daily Sports 2/4/2016 ... Otani is set to start a practice game against Lotte (KBO) on February 10 and pitch two innings. Source: Sponichi 2/5/2016
  • San Diego Padres' senior adviser Trevor Hoffman spoke to members of the pitching staff on February 4. Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2016
  • The Fighters watched the Houston Rockets play the Phoenix Suns on February 4 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines had the day off on February 5.
  • The Marines held a press conference for Jason Standridge on February 5. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes had the day off on February 5.
  • The Buffaloes are planning to call up first round draft pick Masataka Yoshida to Ichi-gun camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2016
  • The Miami Marlins visited Miyazaki camp on February 3. David Samson was impressed with Yutaro Sugimoto's strong arm and body size. Source: Sports Hochi 2/4/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/4/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles had the day off on February 5.
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye is set to get the start in center and bat lead-off in an intra-squad game on February 7. Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2016, Daily Sports 2/5/2016

[2/3/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Feb.04, 2016 @ 5:24 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda is not planing to throw anything other than fastballs during spring camp. Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato has told all young pitchers to focus only on their fastballs during the first two blocks of camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito could pitch three innings in a practice game against Lotte (KBO) on February 8 (US time). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016
  • The Royals, Athletics, and Padres watched Shohei Otani toss a bullpen session on February 1. Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Jason Standridge arrived in Japan on February 3. Source: Sponichi 2/3/2016
  • Daichi Suzuki and first round draft pick and first round draft pick Taiga Hirasawa got extra fielding practice on February 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016
  • Hirasawa could get the start at short and bat lead-off for a practice game against Lamigo (CPBL) on February 13. Source: Sanspo 2/3/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Matsuba, Shunichi Sato, and Sachiya Yamasaki could pitch in an intra-squad game on February 9. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016

[2/1/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.02, 2016 @ 5:17 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Tsuyoshi Wada ran 2,650 meters during a mandatory twelve-minute run on February 1. Daisuke Matsuzaka ran 2,600 meters. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Dennis Sarfate is scheduled to arrive in Japan some time around February 10. Source: Sanspo 2/1/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ishigakijima spring camp started on February 1. A welcoming ceremony and workouts for Ichi-gun and Ni-gun players took place indoors because of the rain. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Daichi Suzuki will be captain for at least one more year. Source: Sponichi 2/1/2016
  • Yamaico Navarro arrived in Japan on February 1. He will join the team in Ishigakijima on February 2. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

Seibu Lions

  • A welcoming ceremony on February 1 took place inside Kuroshiro Dome because of rain. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Workouts took place indoors on February 1 because of bad weather. Source: Sanspo 2/1/2016
  • The Buffaloes will not be naming a captain this year. However, due to problems with the team's order , Yoshio Itoi will be wearing a C on his uniform until a corrected version is sent to him. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Miyazaki camp on February 1. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto will get his fourth consecutive opening day start. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016
  • Ginji wore a t-shirt with the letters GNTM on the sleeve. There is a letter for every member of his family (himself, his wife, and his two sons). Source: Sponichi 2/1/2016
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye got a haircut before the start of spring camp. Yuki Matsui recommended a place and payed for the cut in advance. Okoye sat in between Tetsuro Nishida and Takahiro Shimotsuma on the flight to Kumejima spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

[1/31/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.01, 2016 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks participated in a championship parade in Miyazaki on January 31. About 50,000 fans were in attendance. The parade route was about 1.7 kilometers in length. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Nippon Ham held a press conference for Chris Martin and Anthony Bass on January 31. Source: official announcement
  • The Fighters will open a Facebook page in traditional Chinese on February 1 at 13:00. Source: official announcement, Facebook
  • San Diego Padres bench coach Mark McGwire might make a special appearance at Arizona spring camp. The Fighters have a working agreement with the Padres. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2016

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaoes

  • The Buffaloes arrived in Miyazaki on January 31. They also visited Oda Shrine to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2016
  • Tenth round draft pick Yutaro Sugimoto worked out with Ichiro Suzki on January 30 (by request). Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles arrived in Kumejima on January 31. Source: Sports Hochi 1/31/2016
  • Motohiro Shima will maintain his role as captain. Takahiro Norimoto and Kazuya Fujita were named co-vice captains. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2016

[1/30/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.31, 2016 @ 7:20 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks visited Hakozaki Shrine in Fukuoka on January 30 to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2016
  • Rookie training camp ended on January 29. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2016
  • Rick VandenHurkRobert Suarez, and Barbaro Canizares  arrived in Japan on January 29. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2016
  • Softbank announced uniform sponsorship deals with two companies on Janaury 29: Showa Kensetsu, since 2011, right hip area; and Coca-Cola, left sleeve. Source: official announcement (Showa Kensetsu), official announcement (Coca-Cola)

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Takuya Nakashima signed a glove contract with Kubota Slugger. He has been using Kubota Slugger gloves since his third year in high school. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions held a press conference for Andy Van Hekken on January 28. Source: official announcement
  • Ernesto Mejia kept his weight at 110 kilograms this off-season. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2016
  • Seibu announced they signed a uniform sponsorship agreement with Limited Edition. Patches will area on the left hip area. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Tony Blanco arrived in Japan on January 28. He dropped five kilograms during the off-season. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles held a press conference for Japhet Amador, Jake Brigham, and Radhames Liz on January 29. Source: official announcement

[1/28/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.29, 2016 @ 5:57 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes

  • Brandon Dickson arrived in Japan on January 28. He arrived a day late because of a domestic flight delay in the United States. Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2016

Rakuten Eagles

[1/27/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.28, 2016 @ 1:01 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • A number of players might catch a Phoenix Suns game on February 4 and a Arizona Coyotes game on February 10. Source: Sponichi 1/26/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a press conference to introduce Brian Bogusevic, Brent Morel, and Erik Cordier on January 26. Source: official announcement
  • Takahiro Okada will be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp because he is not one hundred percent healthy and not ready to take on a full day of Ichi-gun workouts. Third round draft pick Koji Oshiro will be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2016
  • Hiroyuki Nakajima, Morel, Takuya Shimada, seventh round draft pick Kohei Suzuki, and Oshiro will be among players getting a look at short during spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2016, Sanspo 1/27/2016
  • Senryokugai Teppei was hoping to receive an offer from an NPB team, but never did. He decided it was time to move on and retire on January 26. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Japhet Amador, Radhames Liz, Jake Brigham, Kam Mickolio, and Zelous Wheeler arrived in Japan on January 27. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2016, Sponichi 1/27/2016
  • Yudai Mori gained six kilograms since the end of last season. He currently weighs eighty-two kilograms. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2016

[1/25/2016] Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.26, 2016 @ 8:40 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yanagita likes to set reasonable goals one series at a time, like one home run per series or one stolen base per series. It was advice that former manager Koji Akiyama gave him last season. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2016, Sports Hochi 1/24/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Players, coaches, and staff visited Naritasan Shinjoji Temple in Chiba on January 25 to pray for a successful season. Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Brian Bogusevic arrived in Japan on January 24. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2016
  • Erik Cordier and Brent Morel arrived in Japan on January 25. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2016
  • Advanced Training camp in Miyazaki began on February 23. Fourteen players are participating in the camp that runs through to January 30. Players: Pitchers: Takahiro Matsuba, Kodai Sano, Shunichi Sato, Sachiya Yamasaki, Ban Takagi, Seiichi Sakayori, Koki Saito, Nobuyoshi Yamada, Shohei Tsukahara, Shota Morimoto, Satoshi Oyama, Ryo Toda. Catchers: Hikaru Ito, Kenya Wakatsuki. Source: Sports Hochi 1/22/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Wataru Karashima gained about four kilograms since last year: from seventy-six to eighty. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2016
  • Yuki Matsui ordered cleats with fewer spikes (right foot, six spikes in front and three in the back to three spikes in front and three in the back) that should help improve his balance and motion when throwing the ball. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2016
  • Seventh round draft pick Itsuki Murabayashi gained three kilograms and increase his body fat from nine percent to eleven percent after moving into the team dormitory. He is trying to increase his weight from seventy-two to eighty kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2016
  • The Eagles had an estimated economic impact of about 20.6 billion yen in Miyagi in 2015, down about 600 million yen from the previous year. There was an increase in attendance in 2015, but merchandise sales were down. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2016
  • Rakuten is planning to start their home opener at 4:00pm because of the cold temperatures at night. It will be the first home opener to start during the twilight hours since a Kintetsu-Nishitetsu home opener started at 5:00pm on April 6, 1968. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2016

[1/24/2016] Orix Buffaloes: Orihime, Oritachi Alternate Uniforms

by on Jan.24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes unveiled new alternate uniforms for Bs Ori Hime Day 2016, Bs Ori Tachi Day 2016, and Bs Ori Hime & Ori Tachi Day 2016. The new uniforms were modeled by Takahiro Okada during a talk event in Osaka earlier today.

Bs Ori Hime Day 2016

  • April 29 (Fri) vs Rakuten at Kyocera Dome Osaka
  • June 12 (Sun) vs Yokohama at Kyocera Dome Osaka

Bs Ori Tachi Day 2016

  • April 30 (Sat) vs Rakuten at Kyocera Dome Osaka
  • June 11 (Sat) vs Yokohama at Kyocera Dome Osaka

Bs Ori Hime 6 Ori Tachi Day 2016

  • August 19-21 (Fri-Sun) vs Rakuten at Kyocera Dome Osaka
    (Ori Hime uniforms on August 19 and 21, Ori Tachi uniforms on August 20)

Source: official announcement

[1/17/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.18, 2016 @ 3:33 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Kensuke Kondo is planning to only pack a catcher's mitt for Arizona spring camp. His goal is to focus on being catcher. Source: Sponichi 1/17/2016
  • First round draft pick Kenta Uehara and second round draft pick Takayuki Kato will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp in Arizona. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2016

Seibu Lions

  • The 2015 draft class performed twenty meter shuttle runs on January 17. Sixth round draft pick Keisuke Honda finished in first place with 131. Source: Nikkan sports 1/17/2016
  • Chen-Chang Lee arrived in Japan on January 15. He worked out at Seibu 2 Stadium on January 16. He tossed four bullpen sessions while he was in Taiwan. He is at about seventy percent. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2016
  • Tomomi Takahashi is the top candidate to close games, but Norio Tanabe is worried about his health and is considering other options, like closer by committee. Lee is also a candidate to close games. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2016, Sponichi 1/17/2016
  • Fumiya Nishiguchi will be a special pitching instructor for the CPBL's Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions from early March until late April. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a moment of silence at Hotto Motto Kobe on January 17 at 12:00pm in remembrance of those that lost their lives during the Hanshin/Awaji Earthquake in 1995. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2016, Sponichi 1/17/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Chia Hao Sung arrived in Japan on January 14 and began his workouts at kobo Stadium on January 17. Source: Sponichi 1/17/2016
  • Toshiaki Imae will be using a slightly smaller glove (by about five millimeters) at kobo Stadium for better control on natural grass. Source: Sponichi 1/17/2016
  • Tetsuro Nishida has so far managed to increase his weight (from eighty-two to eighty-four) and drop his fat percentage (from thirteen to eleven). Source: Sports Hochi 1/17/2016
  • The 2015 draft class might have a chance to sit down with Masahiro Tanaka at Kobo Stadium sometime before the end of their training session in Sendai. The meeting could take place on January 22. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2016