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[2/26/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.27, 2015 @ 9:47 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks closed out Miyazaki camp on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • Tadashi Settsu may have won the opening day start. Kimiyasu Kudo did not drop a specific name, but did mention that he already spoke to the pitcher and that he made his decision based on camp performance and bullpen sessions. Settsu will most likely pitch in four games (about twenty innings) before the start of the regular season. Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2015

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani's next outing will likely come in an exhibition game against Yomiuri at Sapporo Dome on March 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara could pitch in an Eastern League game against Seibu at Kamagaya on March 21. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • The Fighters announced that they will be holding a retirement ceremony for assistant general manager Masao Kida before an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on March 4. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Fumiya Nishiguchi is set to start a practice game against Orix on the 27th and pitch three innings. Source: Sanspo 2/26/2015
  • Makoto Aiuchi is slated to pitch in a game on the 27th. Makoto gave up seven runs over four inning during his last outing. His next appearance will determine whether or not he stays or gets demoted to Ni-gun. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2015
  • Fumiya Nishiguchi, Atsushi Okamoto, Naoto Watanabe, and Hichori Morimoto will be sent to A camp on the 27th. Masatoshi Okada, Yuji Onizaki, Anthony Seratelli, and Masato Kumashiro will be sent to B camp on the 28th. Chun-Lin Kuo, Esmerling Vasquez, Yosuke Okamoto, Miguel Mejia, and Wade LeBlanc were sent back to Tokyo from Miyazaki on the 26th. Hideto Asamura, Takeya Nakamura, and Ernesto Mejia were also sent back to Tokyo from Kochi. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

  • Satoshi Nagai (three runs over three innings), Kazutomo Aihara (five runs over two innings), and Keiji Uezono (three runs over three innings) will be sent down to Ni-gun for additional work after lackluster performances during a practice game against Orix on the 25th. Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2015

[2/24/2015] Spring Camp Games from February 24

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:55 am, under NPB
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[2/24/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:50 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama is slated to start a practice game against Samsung (KBO) at YafuOku Dome on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015, Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to continue testing different line-ups until the start of the regular season. He would like to establish an "everyday" line-up for the regular season. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015
  • The Hawks scanned and checked shoulders for every pitcher in the organization during spring camp using three ultrasound machines. The goal was to get a better feel for shoulder conditions and to establish potential baselines for some of the players. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroshi Moriwaki is thinking about testing some Ni-gun players during a five-game (practice games) stretch that begins on the 24th. Players like Yoshitomo Tani and Keiichi Hirano might see some playing time on the 27th (vs Seibu) or 28th (vs Hanshin). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hiroshi Urano rejoined the Ichi-gun team on the 24th after missing time with some tightness in his right inner thigh. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015
  • A retirement ceremony will be held for assistant general manager Masao Kida on March 4. He will face Yomiuri manager Tatsunori Hara and his catcher will be player/battery coach Satoshi Nakajima. Kida began his NPB career with the Yomiuri Giants; the last NPB team he played for was the Nippon Ham Fighters. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015, Sponichi 2/24/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka could present his graduation thesis in early March to make sure he has enough time to make corrections before his final submission deadline on March 20 without cutting into his practice schedule. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015

Seibu Lions

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiroshi Katayama made his debut as a position player in a Ni-gun practie game against KT (KBO) on Tuesday. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 6th and flied out to right. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015

[2/23/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Feb.24, 2015 @ 7:26 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camp had the day off on Monday.
  • Hiroki Yamada will pitch in Tuesday's practice game against Lotte after his exhibition game start against Seibu on Sunday was rained out. Shota Takeda will start the game on Tuesday. Takeda and Yamada will throw about eight innings combined. Relievers could get work in Ni-gun Kyoiku League games. Source: Sponichi 2/23/2015
  • Yuya Hasegawa had surgery on his right knee in December last year and was assigned to group B spring camp. He is slated to continue his rehab and training in Miyazaki for the rest of the month. If he does not suffer any setbacks, he could play in a number of rehab Kyoiku League games between March 3 and 8. If he does well, he could play in his first exhibition game on March 11 (vs Yomiuri at YafuOku Dome). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2015
  • Kumamoto Prefecture presented former manager Koji Akiyama with a prefectural honor award on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Monday.
  • First round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki is slated to make his debut during a practice game against Doosan (KBO) on the 24th. Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2015
  • Tony Blanco took things a little slow during the fifth block of camp because coaches were concerned he was pushing himself too hard, too early (he had problems with both his hamstrings last season). He is hoping to join general team workouts on the 24th. He may not play in his first game until March 4 (exhibition game against Chunichi at Kyocera Dome). Source: Daily Sports 2/23/2015, Sponichi 2/23/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ni-gun camp had the day off on Monday.
  • The Fighters announced that they sold out of tickets for their home opener on March 27. They are planning to sell tickets to seats with poor sight lines beginning on March 12 at 12:00pm. Source: official announcement ... The sellout is the quickest in franchise history since moving to Hokkaido. Source: Sponichi 2/23/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura and Ernesto Mejia will head back to Tokyo around the 26th and continue their training at Seibu 2 Stadium. They will rejoin the team next month on the 6th, in time for a game against Hanshin at Koshien. Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2015, Sponichi 2/23/2015, Sanspo 2/23/2015
  • Ginjiro Sumitani is slated to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on the 27th. Tomoya Mori will be the main catcher in games until then (three games beginning on the 24th against Rakuten, Lotte, and Softbank). Source: Daily Sports 2/23/2015

[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