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[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] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 1:34 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Yudai Mori Bullpen 2/28 ~30 Sanspo 3/1/2014
Yuki Matsui Bullpen 2/28 106 Daily Sports 3/1/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Senichi Hoshino is upset that the NPB's Rookie Seminar takes place during an important time during the pre-season.  He feels it should either take place before the start of spring camp or during spring camp in either Miyazaki or Okinawa.  The NPB is not sure why Hoshino is upset because the seminar date is set based on discussions with the twelve teams.  If a change is desired, the matter should be brought up during an executive committee meeting.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/1/2014Sanspo 3/1/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui left for Tokyo on Friday for his high school graduation on Saturday.  He will get the day off on Sunday and will attend the NPB Rookie Seminar on Monday.  He will resume workouts with the team on Tuesday.  Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2014

[2/28/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Mar.01, 2014 @ 5:56 am, under NPB
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  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui struggled with his allergies on Thursday.  Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2014
  • Andruw Jones took some fielding practice in left on Friday.  He is expected to play the outfield on Saturday against Softbank.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
  • Kevin Youkilis is a Starbucks fan.  There were none in Kumejima, but he did spot one near the team hotel in Miyazaki.  He woke up early to grab some before a practice game on Thursday, but the store was not open yet.  Source: Sponichi 2/28/2014 ... The downloadable calendar for March features Youkilis.

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Loek Van Mil's practice game outing on Thursday was cut short because of tightness in his right forearm.  The Eagles were planning to sign Van Mil to an Ikusei contract before adding him to the seventy-man roster ahead of the start of the regular season, but will now likely wait to see how the arm is doing before finalizing their decision.

Source: Sponichi 2/28/2014

[2/27/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 4:20 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Takahiro Norimoto Bullpen 2/27 ~100 Was not happy with session and was satisfied with only about three pitches.  Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014
Yuki Matsui Bullpen 2/27 81 Mostly fastballs.  Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014

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Pitching Coach Yoshinori Sato would like to avoid using 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui in exhibition games against Pacific League teams.  That could mean mean three more outings before the start of the regular season: two-game series against Chunichi that begins on March 8, two-game series against Yakult that begins on March 15, three-game series against Chunichi that begins on March 21.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2014, Sponichi 2/27/2014

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Loek Van Mil was pulled from Thursday's game against Lotte with discomfort in his right elbow.  The condition does not appear to be serious.

Source: Sponichi 2/27/2014

[2/26/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Feb.27, 2014 @ 4:16 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Yuki Matsui Bullpen 2/25 45 Sports Hochi 2/26/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Takahiro Norimoto's start against Doosan on Wednesday was rained out.  His next outing could come against Softbank at YafuOku Dome on March 1.  Source: Sponichi 2/27/2014

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The Eagles announced that they are selling naming rights to three of their Eastern League games this season (April 18, 19, and 20).  Interested fans can submit entries between March 1 and 31 explaining why they deserve to right to name a game.  The three best submissions will be picked and winners will be able to purchase the naming rights to the games for 30,000 yen.  Naming rights also come with a number of other perks, like throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and receiving autographs from players in the starting line-up.

Source: official announcement

[2/25/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:48 am, under NPB
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  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui will use Kobukuro's Ima, Saki Hokoru Hana-tachi Yo for his intro music.  Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014, Daily Sports 2/25/2014 ... Matsui will be doing a lot of traveling over the next eight days: he began in Okinawa on Monday and could make stops in Miyazaki, Fukuoka, Kawasaki (high school graduation on March 1), Tokyo (rookie seminar on March 3), and Okayama.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2014
  • Takahiro Norimoto is scheduled to start a practice game against Doosan (KBO) on the 26th.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2014
  • Takahiro Shiomi has not allowed a run in three outings, ten innings.  Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014

[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

[2/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Feb.23, 2014 @ 3:07 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Yuki Matsui Bullpen 2/22 50 Including slider and curve; in preparation for exhibition game start against Yomiuri on Sunday.  Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Kevin Youkilis is scheduled to play in Sunday's exhibition game against Yomiuri.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014
  • Loek Van Mil is expected to pass his tryout.  If his physical is clean, the Eagles will most likely sign him to a contract.  The team is still undecided on Sergio Mitre.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014

[2/21/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Feb.22, 2014 @ 1:06 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Koji Aoyama Bullpen 2/21 201 Including breaking pitches; most he has thrown in a session during camp this year.  Nikkan Sports 2/21/2014
Yuki Matsui Bullpen 2/21 85 Including ten pitches from the set position.  Nikkan Sports 2/21/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Yudai Mori is scheduled to start Saturday's exhibition game against Yakult.  Source: Sponichi 2/21/2014
  • JR East Sendai announced they will sell special limited edition Suica cards commemorating the Eagles' Nippon Series championship victory last year.  Source: official announcement

[2/19/2014 Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Feb.20, 2014 @ 3:21 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Takahiro Norimoto Bullpen 2/19 88 Including curve and change-up.  Nikkan Sports 2/19/2014
Yuki Matsui Bullpen 2/19 88 Second session in as many days; was supposed to stop after 77 pitches, but was not satisfied with the last pitch he threw and kept going until he was; the most pitches he has thrown in a session during camp this year.  Nikkan Sports 2/19/2014

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