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[3/23/2016] Orix Buffaloes 2016 Opening Day Roster

by on Mar.24, 2016 @ 11:21 am, under NPB, Roster Updates
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Uni Pos Name JPN Name ENG
15 P 佐藤 達也 Sato, Tatsuya
16 P 平野 佳寿 Hirano, Yoshihisa
18 P 岸田 護 Kishida, Mamoru
19 P 金子 千尋 Kaneko, Chihiro
28 P 小松 聖 Komatsu, Satoshi
32 P B.ディクソン Dickson, Brandon
52 P E.コーディエ Cordier, Erik
59 P 塚原 頌平 Tsukahara, Shohei
60 P 赤間 謙 Akama, Ken
69 P 大山 暁史 Oyama, Satoshi
22 C 伊藤 光 Ito, Hikaru
62 C 山崎 勝己 Yamazaki, Katsuki
1 INF 中島 宏之 Nakajima, Hiroyuki
2 INF 原 拓也 Hara, Takuya
4 INF B.モレル Morel, Brent
31 INF 小谷野 栄一 Koyano, Eiichi
33 INF 縞田 拓弥 Shimada, Takuya
39 INF 西野 真弘 Nishino, Masahiro
40 INF 鈴木 昂平 Suzuki, Kohei
7 OF 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio
8 OF 駿太 Goto, Shunta
24 OF 宮﨑 祐樹 Miyazaki, Yuki
29 OF B.ボグセビック Bogusevic, Brian
34 OF 吉田 正尚 Yoshida, Masataka
50 OF 小田 裕也 Oda, Yuya
55 OF T-岡田 Okada, Takahiro

26 players

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[3/23/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.24, 2016 @ 3:25 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to use Seiichi Uchikawa at first base for the opening series. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2016
  • Softbank is exploring different ways to sell tickets. They are going to use Yahoo Auction to sell ten seats a game: Coca Cola Seat A (two seats), Sanku Home Run Terrace Table Seat (four seats), Hawks Cheer Seat (two seats), and Recaro Stadium Seat tickets (two seats). They are planning to use a variable pricing system for a number of ticket types, like Mizuho Premium Seat A, A Reserved, Hawks Cheer Seat, after May. Source: official announcement
  • The Hawks signed a team sponsorship deal with Huawei Japan. The Huawei logo will appear on the right side of the team's player caps this season. Source: official announcement
  • The Ni-gun Hawks played their first game at their new home, Tama Home Stadium Chikugo, on March 19. They beat Hiroshima 2-1 in front of a full house (3,113). Source: Daily Sports 3/19/2016, Sponichi 3/19/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on March 21. He gave up two runs on five hits and one walk over five innings of work. Source: Sports Hochi 3/21/2016, Daily Sports 3/21/2016
  • The Fighters welcomed a new mascot to their team: Frep the Fox. Source: official announcement
  • Hideki Kuriyama, Dai-kan Yoh, Kensuke Tanaka, Sho Nakata, and Haruki Nishikawa will once again be Akaihane Supporters this season. Kuriyama will donate 2,000 yen for every victory and 1,000 yen for every shutout vitory; Yoh, Tanaka, and Nishikawa will donate 2,000 yen for every hit and 1,000 yen for every stolen base; and Nakata will donate 2,000 yen for every hit and 1,000 yen for every home run. Source: official announcement (Nippon Ham), official announcement (Akaihane)

Seibu Lions

  • Takumi Kuriyama will donate 10,000 yen to an education fund for children affected by the Tohoku earthquake for every hit he records this season. He will also continue to support children with cancer and their families by inviting them to games and donating needed equipment to pediatric wards. Ginjiro Sumitani will donate 10,000 yen to a fund that helps children with incurable diseases for every game he starts as a catcher. Kuriyama and Sumitani will also invite children with disabilities and their families to home games. Shogo Akiyama will invite single-parent families to home games. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 3/23/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes announced that they signed a helmet sponsorship with S. Rosso. The S. Rosso Growth Project logo (hair and scalp care) will appear on the right side of the team's batting helmets. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

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[3/18/2016] Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.19, 2016 @ 6:57 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks prayed for a successful season at Taka-kanzeon Daibosatsu outside of YafuOku Dome. Source: Daily Sports 3/18/2016
  • The San-gun Hawks will play four games against BC League teams in July -- vs Fukui on July 27 and 28, vs Ishikawa on July 30, and vs Toyama on July 31. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/18/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines announced on March 18 that they sold out of opening day tickets. On-the-day tickets will not be available. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

Rakuten Eagles

  • Third round draft pick Eigoro Mogi hit home runs in back-to-back at bats against Orix on March 16 -- he hit a solo home run to left in the second and a solo home run to right in the fourth. He joined Kyosuke Sasaki (March 29, 1972), Yoshito Oda (March 15, 1973), Yoshihiro Suzuki (March 11, 1989), and Shinji Shimoyama (February 23, 2003) as the only players since the start of the draft to hit two home runs in one exhibition game during their first year in the NPB. Mogi and Sasaki are the only players to hit the home runs in back-to-back at bats in the same game. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/17/2016, Sponichi 3/17/2016
  • The Eagles unveiled the renovations they made at kobo Stadium on March 18 --  the natural grass, an improved scoreboard, new seating areas, and Rakuten Yama Park (minus the Ferris wheel). Source: official announcement

[3/15/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Mar.16, 2016 @ 3:45 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama is thinking about using Shohei Otani as a position player three times a week. For example: if Otani gets a start on Saturday, he would rest on Sunday and Monday, play in games as a position player on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and rest on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 3/15/2016
  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Seibu on March 13. He tossed three perfect innings. Source: Sponichi 3/13/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori started in right and batted third in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on March 15. He recorded three hits and two RBI (led off the fourth inning with a double to left, two-run single to left with the bases loaded and two out in the fifth inning, single to right with a runner on first and one out in the seventh inning). Source: Sports Hochi 3/15/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to go with an opening day starting rotation with nothing by right-handed pitchers: Chihiro Kaneko, Brandon Dickson, Yuki Nishi, Daiki Tomei, and Taisuke Kondo. The top relievers in the bullpen will also be right-handed: Mamoru Kishida, Tatsuya Sato, Yoshihisa Hirano, and Erik Cordier. Source: Sports Hochi 3/15/2016
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[3/10/2016] Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.11, 2016 @ 5:44 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on March 9. He tossed three innings, faced fifteen hitters (combination of Kentaro Enomoto and Taisei Makihara), threw sixty-two pitches, allowed four hits, walked one, struck out one, and topped out at 143km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2016 ... Matsuzaka faced Makihara eight times and allowed three hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • First round draft pick Taiga Hirasawa might not make the opening day roster because of his glove (five errors in Ichi-gun practice/exhibition games) and bat (0-for-6 with four strikeouts in three exhibition games; 8-for-34 including practice/Kyoiku League games). Source: Daily Sports 3/10/2016, Sports Hochi 3/10/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Ken Togame is scheduled to start an exhibition game against Lotte at QVC Marines on March 11, Kazuhisa Makita against Orix at Seibu Prince Dome on March 12, Takayuki Kishi against Yomiuri at Seibu Prince Dome on March 13. Andy Van Hekken is set to start a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on March 12, Kona Takahashi against Nippon Ham on March 13. Source: Sanspo 3/9/2016
  • Norio Tanabe is planning to use Tomoya Mori as mostly a designated hitter again this season. Right field is also a possibility. Tanabe felt Mori would do better on offense if he did not have to worry about catching. Source: Daily Sports 3/9/2016, Sponichi 3/9/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi could make the opening day starting line-up as the designated hitter out of concern for his left knee. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,524 grams, at a hospital in Shiga on March 8. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/9/2016
  • The media learned on March 8 that infield/base coach Yasunaga Makishi has the flu. He is slated to return on March 12. Source: Sanspo 3/9/2016
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[3/8/2016] Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.09, 2016 @ 2:32 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yamaico Navarro is set to practice with the Ichi-gun team between March 8 and 17. Source: Sanspo 3/8/2016 ... Navarro joined the Ichi-gun team on March 8 for the first time since February 21. He took fifty-one swings during batting practice and hit four over the fence: Source: Sponichi 3/8/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe is planning to have Tomoya Mori focus on his hitting after March 9 by using him as a designated hitter. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The flu is spreading at Ni-gun. The Buffaloes do not want Ichi-gun players mixing with Ni-gun players and plan to take all of them on their upcoming road trip. Source: Sponichi 3/8/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • If first round draft pick Louis Okoye wants to make the opening day roster, he will have to bat at least .250 in the team's remaining exhibition games (or record at least one hit per exhibition game). Source: Daily Sports 3/8/2016
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[3/7/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Mar.08, 2016 @ 6:07 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo would like to ideally see the starting rotation complete about forty games this season. Starters recorded ten complete games last year. Source: Daily Sports 3/7/2016
  • Softbank's mascot for Hawks' Baseball Park Chikugo will be named Hinamaru. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito and Masaru Takeda will be sent down to Ni-gun for adjustments and playing time. Source: Sponichi 3/6/2016 ... The two will work out at starting pitchers. They will be competing for spots in the back-end of the rotation (fifth and sixth slots). Source: Sports Hochi 3/7/2016 ... Saito could also find a spot on the opening day roster as a reliever. Source: Daily Sports 3/6/2016
  • Possible starting pitchers for the opening series against Lotte: Shohei Otani, Luis Mendoza, Kohei Arihara. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/5/2016
  • Fighters' old timers will be playing a friendly game agianst a team from West Africa on July 17. Nippon Ham has been promoting baseball in Africa by donating baseball equipment through the Society of Friends of Baseball in Burkina Faso since 2013. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/7/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Probable opening day starting rotation pitchers include Hideaki Wakui, Ayumu Ishikawa, Jason Standridge, and Yuta Omine. Source: Sponichi 3/6/2016 ... Kota Futaki is a candidate for the rotation. Source: Sponichi 3/7/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The opening day starting rotation will most likely include: Chihiro Kaneko, Yuki Nishi, Brandon Dickson and Daiki Tomei. Taisuke Kondo is a strong candidate for the fifth slot. Source: Daily Sports 3/7/2016, Sanspo 3/7/2016
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[3/2/2016] Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Mar.03, 2016 @ 2:01 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama and Sho Iwasaki pitched in a Ni-gun practice game against Doosan on March 2. Each tossed four shutout innings. Source: Daily Sports 3/2/2016
  • Edison Barrios' wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a girl, at a hospital in Fukuoka on March 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kota Futaki started a Kyoiku League game against Yakult on March 2. He tossed five shutout innings, allowed two hits, and struck out five. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2016
  • First round draft pick Taiga Hirasawa played in the Kyoiku League game against Yakult on March 2. He got the start at short and batted second. He went 3-for-4 with a walk: BB, 2B8/9, F8, 2B8, 1B8. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2016
  • Former Lotte pitcher Yuhei Nakaushiro signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers also expressed an interest. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroyuki Nakajima will primarily be used at short during exhibition games. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2016

[3/1/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.02, 2016 @ 3:33 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hirotoshi Masui will use AC/DC's Hells Bells as his intro music at Sapporo Dome this season. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
  • The Fighters will wear a special alternate uniform inspired by the new Hokkaido Shinkansen during their We Love Hokkaido Series in May. They will unveil the design by wearing the uniforms on March 26 against Lotte, the same day the Hokkaido Shinkansen is scheduled to begin services. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte revealed the new big screens at QVC Marine to the media on March 1. Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2016
  • Alfredo Despaigne will spend the next few days working out on his own. He will most likely join the main team on March 8 when they play Nippon Ham at QVC Marine. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
  • Yamaico Navarro practiced at the indoor facilities at QVC Marine on March 1. It was his first practice session in nine days. He also had a chance to meet Despaigne. Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2016

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko could end up becoming the Buffaloes' Saturday starter up until the start of Inter-league play. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
  • Seventh round draft pick Kohei Suzuki will remain with the Ichi-gun team for a little while longer. Source: Sports Hochi 3/1/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye is planning to attend his high school graduation on March 8. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
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