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[3/23/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Mar.24, 2015 @ 3:49 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Hiroaki Takaya was diagnosed with influenza B on March 22. He will miss about five days. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka missed a few days due to the flu. He resumed workouts on March 21. He is set to join the rehab group at the Saitozaki facilities on March 24. Source: Sports Hochi 3/23/2015 ... Matsuzaka practiced at YafuOku Dome on March 23. Workouts including dashes and playing catch at a distance of about forty meters. He told reporters he was fully recovered from the flu. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko (right elbow) could be ready to make his first regular season start on March 31 against Softbank at YafuOku Dome. He is slated to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on March 24. If his elbow holds up, he could get the start on six days of rest. Source: Sponichi 3/23/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito's first regular season start could come during a three-game series against Lotte that begins on March 31. Source: Sports Hochi 3/23/2015 ... April 2 is a good possibility. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara will most likely pitch two or more innings during his next outing, which could come on March 31 against Yokohama at Kamagaya. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ayumu Ishikawa and Takahiro Fujioka are set to pitch in a Ni-gun game on March 24 against Seibu. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015

Seibu Lions

[3/23/2015] Osaka Classic 2015 Uniforms

by on Mar.23, 2015 @ 10:06 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks and Orix Buffaloes unveiled the uniforms they will be wearing during the Osaka Classic: Naniwa Championship this year. The Osaka Classic will take place at Kyocera Dome over a three-day period beginning on May 1.

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The Buffaloes will be wearing retro uniforms that were worn by the Kintetsu Buffaloes between 1999 and 2004. The Hawks will be wearing retro uniforms the Nankai Hawks wore in 1983. Various events are planned during the three-game series, including guest apearances by Masataka Nashida, Takanori Yamauchi, and Eiji Mizuguchi.

Source: official announcement (Softbank), official announcement (Softbank), official announcement (Orix), official announcement (Orix)
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[3/21/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.22, 2015 @ 4:29 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko could pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on March 24. If he pitches well, he could get a start during a Softbank series at YafuOku Dome that begins on March 31 or during a Nippon Ham series at Kyocera Dome that begins on April 3. Source: Sponichi 3/21/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara is slated to make his Ni-gun debut on March 22 against Seibu at Kamagaya. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2015
  • Yuki Saito will pitch in an exhibition game on March 22 against Yakult. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Ryoma Nogami could make his first regular season start on either March 29 against Orix or March 31 against Rakuten. Source: Daily Sports 3/21/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ni-gun game against Yokohama on March 20: Yoshinao Kamata started the game and gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits over 2.1 innings of work. He faced fourteen hitters, threw fifty pitches, walked none, struck out three, and topped out at 147km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 3/21/2015
  • Yoshinao Kamata is slated to start a Ni-gun game against Seibu on March 27. Source: Sports Hochi 3/21/2015

[3/20/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.21, 2015 @ 4:07 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on March 20: Nao Higashihama started the game and gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits over five innings of work. He faced twenty-two hitters, walked one, and struck out three. Shota Takeda pitched four innings in relief and gave up three runs (none earned) on four hits. He faced eighteen hitters, walked two, and struck out five. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/2015
  • Shota Takeda and Nao Higashihama are candidates to take over Daisuke Matsuzaka's spot in the opening day starting rotation. Takeda will pitch again at Ni-gun on March 25, Higashiham on March 26. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/2015, Sanspo 3/20/2015
  • Taisei Makihara (22) filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Kagawa on March 16. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are are not planning to force the opening day start on Chihiro Kaneko. Hiroshi Moriwaki and pitching coaches Ikuo Takayama and Nobuyuki Hoshino sat down with Kaneko for about thirty minutes on March 19 and talked about his progress and agreed not to push things too quickly. Orix wants the ace to take the mound when he is fully recovered, which might put his first start some time around mid-April. There is a chance he might be able to pitch during the Softbank series that begins on March 31. Brandon Dickson will most likely get the opening day start. Source: Sports Hochi 3/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/20/2015 ... Moriwaki told reporters on March 20 that Kaneko would not be pitching on March 27, opening day. Source: Chunichi Sports 3/20/2015, Daily Sports 3/20/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama was thinking about using Shohei Otani as a pitcher and hitter during the opening series (opening day start on March 27 then starting designated hitter on March 29), but is now reconsidering because of how things have played out over the last couple of weeks -- the pitcher struggled with his control during his last two outings and then recently missed a day with a fever. Pitching remains the top priority and Kuriyama might have Otani focus solely on that until things settle down. Source: Sports Hochi 3/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/20/2015, Daily Sports 3/20/2015, Sponichi 3/20/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Alfredo Despaigne's team in Cuba, Granma, secured a spot in the playoffs. Depending on how well his team does, he might not be able to come to Japan until early April at the earliest, or mid-April at the latest. Source: Sponichi 3/20/2015

Seibu Lions

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ichi-gun teams are allowed to register twenty-eight players on the active roster. Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about setting an imaginary line at forty-two. The fourteen players that are not physically on the active roster will be treated slightly differently than the other players at Ni-gun. They will prepare as Ichi-gun players and will not always travel with the Ni-gun team on road trips. The players will also be exempt from Ni-gun group penalties. They will be expected to play at Ichi-gun at any time. Source: Sponichi 3/20/2015
  • Yoshinao Kamata (right elbow) started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on March 20. He pitched in his first rehab game on March 6 (Kyoiku League game against Nippon Ham, relief, one inning, no hits, no runs) and followed that up with another appearance on March 12 (Kyoiku League game against Yakult, relief, two innings, two hits, two unearned runs, none earned). Source: Sports Hochi 3/20/2015
  • The Ni-gun Eagles are slated to play a number of practice games against the Fukushima Hope (BC League) this year: March 26 at kobo Stadium, May 20 and 21 at Azuma Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/2015

[3/19/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Mar.20, 2015 @ 3:49 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari could get Daisuke Matsuzaka's first regular season start on March 31 against Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroshi Moriwaki sat down with pitchers at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on March 19 to discuss schedules and progress. He is planning to set the final rotation on March 24. Source: Sanspo 3/19/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to toss a bullpen session to a squatting catcher on March 20. He is set to pitch two or three innings during his last pre-season start on March 21. Source: Chunichi Sports 3/19/2015
  • Victor Garate is set to start an exhibition game against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome on March 20. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on March 19: Takahiro Fujioka started the game and gave up four runs on seven hits over nine innings of work. He had a shutout going through eight innings with seven strikeouts. He threw 115 pitches and walked two. Source: Sports Hochi 3/19/2015
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka will be presented with a Kyoto University President's Award for his accomplishments on the baseball field. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2015 ... Tanaka will be attending his college graduation on March 24. Souce: Sanspo 3/19/2015

[3/16/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.17, 2015 @ 4:59 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka is slated to pitch an exhibition game against Lotte on March 17. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2015
  • The San-gun Hawks are scheduled to play four games against amateur teams at the Gannosu Baseball Grounds later this month. March 24 (Tuesday) against Fukuoka Kogyo University at 12:30; March 26 (Thursday) against Kyushu Kyoritsu University at 13:30; March 27 (Friday) against Saibu Gas at 12:30; and March 29 (Sunday) against the Kumamoto Golden Larks at 12:30. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • There is a chance Chihiro Kaneko will not be able to pitch on opening day. The Buffaloes are worried about his elbow and would like him to appear in at least one pre-season game. If he is going to make the opening day start, he will most likely have to pitch during a three-game stretch against Hanshin at Kyocera Dome that begins on March 20. If Orix wants to give Kaneko at least five days of rest before opening day, he will have to pitch on March 21, at the very latest. The coaches could have a decision by March 19. Source: Sponichi 3/16/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • There is a chance Shohei Otani's next start will get pushed back from March 18 against Hiroshima at Sapporo Dome to March 20 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome because the Fighters want to give him a little extra time to prepare. Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2015, Daily Sports 3/16/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ayumu Ishikawa will start an exhibition game against Softbank on March 17. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2015
  • Kuan-Yu Chen could make his first regular season start on March 28 against Softbank at YafuOku Dome. Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Kandai Terashima was sent down to Ni-gun on March 15. Source: Sanspo 3/16/2015

Siebu Lions

  • Ken Togame will start an exhibition game against Rakuten on March 17. He is hoping to throw about seventy pitches. Source: Sponichi 3/16/2015
  • Tomomi Takahashi could start the season as closer, with Tatsushi Masuda in a set-up role. Miguel Mejia will be sent down to Ni-gun. Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2015, Sponichi 3/16/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo wants to make sure Takahiro Norimoto's right arm is in good shape before finalizing his opening day starter. Source: Sponichi 3/16/2015