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[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

[2/19/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.20, 2015 @ 6:01 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama will most likely start the first exhibition game of the year on the 21st against Orix. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015
  • The Hawks are thinking about bringing back the green retro Nankai uniform used between 1978 and 1983 for their Osaka Classic series. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015
  • Tomoki Takata missed practices on Thursday because of the flu. He had a fever and was tested at a hospital on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 2/19/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi is slated to pitch in an intra-squad game on the 24th and a practice game against SK on the 26th. Each outing will be for one inning. Source: Sports Hochi 2/19/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kuan-Yu Chen is set to start Lotte's first exhibition game of the year on the 21st against Chunichi. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015
  • Kento Yachi is scheduled to make a relief appearance in the Chunichi game on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Esmerling Vasquez is currently scheduled to start Seibu's first exhibition game of the year on the 22nd against Softbank. Makoto Aiuchi is set to start a practice game against Doosan on the 21st. Source: Sanspo 2/19/2015
  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi has a pitch count limit of about sixty for bullpen sessions. He may not pitch in another game until some time in March. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015 ... Takahashi will most likely make his next appearance during a Ni-gun Kyoiku League game in March. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015
  • Takayuki Kishi, Tatsushi Masuda, Yusei Kikuchi, Ryoma Nogami, Kazuhisa Makita, Tomomi Takahashi, Ginjiro Sumitani, Yuji Onizaki, Hideto Asamura, Takeya Nakamura, Ernesto Mejia, and Takumi Kuriyama will not be traveling with the Ichi-gun team. They will continue their workouts at the Kochi Haruno Baseball Stadium. Taiki Nakago will join Ni-gun camp. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ginji and Takero Okajima caught pitches in the bullpen during practices on the 19th. Ginji caught Takaaki Yokoyama and Okajima caught Wataru Karashima. They also worked on their throws to second. Source: Sponichi 2/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015

[2/18/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.19, 2015 @ 7:30 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camp had the day off on Wednesday.
  • The Hawks announced that they sold naming rights to the home run terraces in right and left.  The terrace in right was sold to ANA and the terrace in left was sold to Sankyu. Both agreements are for one year. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Wednesday.
  • Hiroyuki Nakajima and Eiichi Koyano are set to make their debuts during an exhibition game against Softbank on the 21st. They will get two to three trips to the plate. Source: Sponichi 2/18/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters decided to pass on thirty-four-year-old pitcher Cha-Seung Baek. He had been with the team since the 12th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2015
  • Shohei Otani is scheduled to start an intra-squad game on the 24th and pitch five innings (or throw about sixty pitches). Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2015
  • The Fighters are taking it slow with first round draft pick Kohei Arihara because of concerns about his right elbow. Since the schedule is light in April, they might delay his Ichi-gun debut until May. Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo told players he would push the team curfew back two hours from midnight to 2:00am if they recorded a win against Hanshin on the 17th. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Ties were not included in the deal. Source: Daily Sports 2/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2015

[2/17/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.18, 2015 @ 6:55 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Rick VandenHurk is slated to pitch in a practice game on the 25th. Source: Sanpso 2/17/2015
  • Kimiyasu Kudo tossed batting practice to Seiichi Uchikawa on the 15th (89 pitches), Takuya Kai on the 16th (137 pitches), and Masayoshi Tsukada on the 17th (about fifteen minutes). Source: Sponichi 2/17/2015

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shota Ono joined Ichi-gun workouts on Tuesday. He started spring camp at Ni-gun because of right elbow problems. Source: Sports Hochi 2/17/2015

Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi is slated to start Wednesday's Ni-gun practice game against Hanshin and pitch two innings. Source: Daily Sports 2/17/2015

Rakuten Eagles

[2/15/2015] Spring Camp Games from February 15

by on Feb.16, 2015 @ 9:50 am, under NPB
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[2/15/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.16, 2015 @ 9:46 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes had Hiroyuki Nakajima at short, Ryoichi Adachi at second, and Yoshio Itoi in center during fielding practice for the first time on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 2/15/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to pitch in a practice game against KIA (KBO) on the 17th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/15/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ni-gun manager Tsutomu Sakai would like first round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku to take a step back from tossing bullpen sessions and work on other areas, like strength and conditioning. He also wants to give the youngster time to rest his shoulder and elbow and think about ways to improve his approach by watching other players. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/15/2015, Sports Hochi 2/15/2015, Sponichi 2/15/2015

[2/14/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.15, 2015 @ 1:41 pm, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 16th before pitching in an exhibition game against Orix on the 21st. Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2015
  • Akira Nakamura missed a couple days with a gastrointestinal virus. He returned to practices on the 14th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015
  • Keizo Kawashima cut practices short on Saturday because of a fever and was later diagnosed with the flu. Source: Sponichi 2/14/2015
  • Kimiyasu Kudo threw the ball about thirty-five times on Saturday in preparation for the possibility of tossing batting practice. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuji Maeda is slated to start a practice game against KT (KBO) on the 15th and pitch two innings. Kazumasa Yoshida, Tomoyuki Kaida, and Daiki Tomei are scheduled to follow with two innings a piece and Alessandro Maestri with one inning. Shinya Nakayama, Hirokazu Shiranita, and Ryo Sakakibara will be back-ups. Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2015
  • The Buffaloes are spending about thirty million yen on renovations to the locker rooms on the first base side (home team). Construction began early this year and should be complete in time for the exhibition game against Chunichi on March 4. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara was two to three kilograms over his ideal weight of ninety-seven kilograms during his pre-camp physical. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Hideaki Wakui is slated to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on the 18th. Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2015
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka could also pitch in the batting practice scrimmage on the 18th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi tossed a bullpen session on the 14th for the first time since the 4th. In between sessions, he worked on his mechanics. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015
  • Takeya Nakamura played some short during fielding practice on Friday because they were down a few players. It was the first time he played the position. He handled four chances without any difficulty and helped turn two double plays. Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2015, Chunichi Sports 2/14/2015, Daily Sports 2/14/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto is planning to use a different set of cleats with fewer spikes when he pitches at YafuOku Dome. Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2015
  • Yuki Matsui was warned about a two-stage delivery during an intra-squad game on the 12th. He was also warned about it during practices on the 14th and worked on the necessary adjustments with pitching coach Hirshi Takamura. Source: Sponichi 2/14/2015
  • Takero Okajima received ninety Valentine's Day chocolates. Source: Sanpso 2/14/2015