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[3/30/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.31, 2015 @ 4:14 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed a bullpen session at the Saitozaki facilities on March 29. He threw eighteen pitches to a standing catcher and forty-one to a squatting catcher. He threw off a mound for the first time in twelve days. He could be ready to pitch in a Ni-gun three-game series at Naruohama that begins on April 3. Source: Nikkan Sport 3/30/2015
  • Jason Standridge and Dennis Sarfate will be donating money to the Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Initiatives Foundation. Standridge will donate 200,000 yen for every victory he records during the season, Sarfate 100,000 yen for every save. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito is scheduled to make his first regular season start on April 2 against Lotte at QVC Marine. Source: Sports Hochi 3/30/2015
  • Hideki Kuriyama likes the flexibility he believes Victor Garate can provide the team. He was supposed to start the season out of the bullpen, but got an emergency spot start when Hiroshi Urano went down with a right shoulder injury. Had he not pitched well, he might have been sent down to Ni-gun to make room for Luis Mendoza, but instead, the Fighters opted to keep him and take Michael Crotta off the active roster on March 30. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/29/2015
  • Morning Musume Maria Makino will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on April 7. Source: Sports Hochi 3/30/2015 ... Talento Sho Aikawa and comedian Daisuke Miyagawa will participate in the ceremonial first pitch on April 8. Source: Sports Hochi 3/30/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun game against Rakuten on March 29: Yusei Kikuchi threw three shutout innings in relief. He faced ten hitters, gave up one hit, walked none, struck out three, and topped out at 156km/h. Source: Sponichi 3/30/2015

Rakuten Eagles

[3/29/2015] Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Mar.30, 2015 @ 6:00 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ni-gun game against Yokohama on March 29: Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka startd the game and tossed seven shutout innings. He faced twenty-three hitters, threw eighty-three pitches, gave up two hits, walked one, struck out six, and topped out at 147km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 3/29/2015, Sponichi 3/29/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun game against Rakuten on March 29: First round draft pick Kona Takahashi started the game and did not allow a run over five innings of work. He faced sixteen hitters, allowed two hits, walked none, struck out eight, and topped out at 153km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 3/29/2015

[3/28/2015] Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.29, 2015 @ 5:28 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka played catch at a distance of about seventy meters for roughly thirty minutes on March 26. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka is set to start a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on March 29. Source: Sports Hochi 3/28/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Ernesto Mejia dropped about nine kilograms before opening day. Source: Sanspo 3/28/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced that they will be sending Ikusei pitcher Kazuya Takahori to the Fukushima Hopes (Independent League) from March 29 until June 30. Source: official announcement

[3/25/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.26, 2015 @ 5:28 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko was scratched from a batting practice scrimmage on March 24. He played some catch, but only threw the ball about five to ten times at a distance of around twenty-seven meters. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2015 ... Kaneko may not start an Ichi-gun game until some time after April 8, if not later. Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2015, Sanspo 3/25/2015
  • The media learned on March 24 that Takahiro Okada (27) filed marriage papers with twenty-nine-year-old model Aya Masu on March 20. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2015
  • Saki Yagi is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on April 29. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on March 24: Hiroshi Urano started the game and gave up two runs on two hits over two innings of work. He faced ten hitters, threw thirty-three pitches, walked two, and struck out none. He struggled with his control in the 1st inning, but got through the 2nd inning on just seven pitches. Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2015
  • Ryo Ishikawa might make the opening day starting line-up at catcher. Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2015
  • Shohei Otani averaged about 1.28 seconds to the plate with runners on base last year. He has managed to drop that down to about 1.1 seconds this year. Source: Sponichi 3/25/2015
  • Former Nippon Ham Fighter Yukihito Nakanishi (37) was arrested by Kyoto police on March 10 on suspicions of attempted theft. According to reports, Nakanishi tried to steal undergarments belonging to a fifty-six-year-old woman that were hanging in a second floor veranda from the second floor of his home using a fishing rod. He denied the allegations and claimed that he was fixing his fishing rod. Source: Sponichi 3/10/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka could make his Ichi-gun debut on April 30 against Seibu at QVC Marine. The starting rotation will most likely include two foreign pitchers: Kuan-Yu Chen and Dae-Eun Rhee. One could be taken off the active roster to make room for Alfredo Despaigne when he arrives in Japan next month. Lotte is scheduled to begin a nine-game stretch on April 28. Tanaka, Takuya Furuya, and Yuta Kimura are all candidates for the spot start on April 30. Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2015
  • Model Nozomi Sasaki is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the home opener on March 31. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi is scheduled to pitch about three innings in relief in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on March 29. Assuming no problems after that, he could rejoin the Ichi-gun team in mid-April. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2015
  • Tomoya Mori could make the opening day starting line-up as the designated hitter. Through March 24, he was 9-for-25 with two doubles, five walks, and a slash line of .360/.467/.440 in eight Ni-gun games. Source: Sanspo 3/25/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Shiomi could start the home opener on March 31 against Seibu. Source: Sponichi 3/25/2015
  • Wily Mo Pena will donate 30,000 yen for every home run he hits and 10,000 yen for every RBI he records this season to a fund that helps children affected by the Tohoku earthquake. Source: Sponichi 3/25/2015
  • Hiromoto Okubo on players signing autographs: "Do your best not to turn down [fans] that ask for you autograph. ... Let's say you turn down one person. Suppose that one person is from a family of five. Now five people know. Let's say three of those five are kids. Now thirty to forty people from their school know." Source: Daily Sports 3/25/2015

[03/25/2015] 2015 Seibu Lions Opening Day Ichi-gun Roster

by on Mar.26, 2015 @ 2:24 am, under NPB, Roster Updates
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Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
P 14 増田 達至 Masuda, Tatsushi
P 22 岡本 篤志 Okamoto, Atsushi
P 26 E.バスケス Vasquez, Esmerling
P 28 藤原 良平 Fujiwara, Ryohei
P 31 岩尾 利弘 Iwao, Toshihiro
P 35 牧田 和久 Makita, Kazuhisa
P 43 高橋 朋己 Takahashi, Tomomi
P 48 武隈 祥太 Takekuma, Shota
C 10 森 友哉 Mori, Tomoya
C 27 炭谷 銀仁朗 Sumitani, Ginjiro
C 37 岡田 雅利 Okada, Masatoshi
INF 2 金子 侑司 Kaneko, Yuji
INF 4 鬼崎 裕司 Onizaki, Yuji
INF 7 脇谷 亮太 Wakiya, Ryota
INF 8 渡辺 直人 Watanabe, Naoto
INF 32 浅村 栄斗 Asamura, Hideto
INF 33 山川 穂高 Yamakawa, Hotaka
INF 60 中村 剛也 Nakamura, Takeya
INF 99 E.メヒア Mejia, Ernesto
OF 0 森本 稀哲 Morimoto, Hichori
OF 1 栗山 巧 Kuriyama, Takumi
OF 51 木村 文紀 Kimura, Fumikazu
OF 55 秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo
OF 65 斉藤 彰吾 Saito, Shogo
OF 88 坂田 遼 Sakata, Ryo

[3/24/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.25, 2015 @ 3:54 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo selected Seiichi Uchikawa as team captain. Yuichi Honda was named vice captain. Source: Sponichi 3/24/2015
  • Edison Barrios was added to the seventy-man roster on March 24. His uniform number changed from 142 to 65. His new salary will be an estimated thirty million yen plus incentives. Source: official announcement, official report, Sponichi 3/24/2015
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka could pitch in his first regular season game either during an Orix series that begins on April 14 or a Lotte series that begins on April 17. Source: Sports Hochi 3/24/2015, Sponichi 3/24/2015
  • The Hawks will be loosening the netting that runs across the top of the fences in the outfield out of concern that they might break on a hard hit line drive and cause harm to nearby spectators. Source: Sponichi 3/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/24/2015
  • The San-gun Hawks are slated to play a practice games against Fukuoka University on March 25 and Asahikawa University on March 28. Both games will start at 12:30pm at Gannosu Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/24/2015

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun game against Lotte on March 24: Yusei Kikuchi entered the game in the 8th and retired the side in order. He struck out two and topped out at 155km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 3/24/2015
  • Yusei Kikuchi did not take the velocity readings from his outing on March 24 too seriously because he heard the radar gun was off by about eight km/h (on the plus side). Source: Sanspo 3/24/2015

Rakuten Eagles