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[3/3/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Mar.03, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Hideaki Wakui is slated to start Tuesday's exhibition game against Rakuten.  Source: Sponichi 3/3/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Watanabe will mostly likely make the opening day starting rotation.  He could make his first start of the regular season on March 30 vs Softbank.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Shinya Kayama joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at YafuOku Dome on Monday.  He will pitch an inning in relief in Tuesday's game against Hanshin.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • Dae-Ho Lee did not attend general workouts on Monday  He did not play in Sunday's exhibition game because of discomfort in his back.  Source: Sanspo 3/3/2014
  • Paul Oseguera will be sent down to Ni-gun.  The four foreign player slots on the active roster could end up going to Lee, Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe, and Dennis Sarfate.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/3/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuki Nishi is scheduled to start Tuesday's game against Yokohama.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • Hisashi Yamada will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday's exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants.  He will also participate in an opening ceremony at Bs Square before the start of the game.  Source: official announcement

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The media learned Wily Mo Pena hurt his right side during Saturday's practice game against Seibu.  He did not play in Sunday's practice game against Lotte and returned to Osaka.  Pena's condition does not appear to be serious, however the Buffaloes will exercise caution because side injuries can be tricky.  There is a good chance he will miss Tuesday's game against Yokohama.  At worst, he could be sidelined until mid-March.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/3/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani will most likely make all his pre-season appearances in Ichi-gun games.  Other players will be making appearances in Ni-gun Kyoiku League games.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Ryo Watanabe attended his high school graduation on Monday.  He could not participate in the ceremony, since he had to go to the NPB Rookie Seminar in the afternoon.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/3/2014

[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] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 1:37 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Greg Reynolds and Michael Bowden are scheduled to pitch in Sunday's practice game against Hanshin.  Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2014
  • Takeya Nakamura has not resumed batting practice yet.  The trainers have left it up to the slugger to set his own pace. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines have set up three Japanese-style private seating rooms large enough for up to eight people.  Tickets will cost 32,000 yen during the trial period in April and May.  After that, they will cost 40,000 yen.  Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dae-Ho Lee will get two trips to the plate per game over the next few games.  He is also expected to play some first soon.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014
  • Shinya Kayama, Kodai Senga, and 3rd round draft pick Ken Okamoto are scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Hanshin on March 4.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014
  • 4th round draft pick Seiji Uebayashi attended his high school graduation on Friday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014
  • The Hawks will stream most of their home Ni-gun and San-gun games this season.  Schedules can be found at the team's official Ustream channel.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014

[2/27/2014] Softbank Hawks News and Notes

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 4:10 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Kenji Otonari Bullpen 2/26 81 Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014

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Quick Notes

  • The Hawks closed out Miyazaki camp on Thursday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014
  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka resumed batting practice on the 27th.  He is scheduled to play in Kyoiku League games on March 2 and 3.  Source: Sponichi 2/27/2014
  • Kenji Otonari could pitch in a Kyoiku League game on March 8 vs Orix.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014
  • The Hawks unveiled the remodeled player locker room on the first base side on Thursday.  Construction cost about forty million yen.  Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2014Sponichi 2/27/2014

[2/26/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Feb.27, 2014 @ 4:18 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Jason Standridge's next outing will come during an exhibition game against Hanshin at YafuOku Dome on March 4.  Source: Sanpso 2/26/2014
  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka will join group B for workouts/rehab beginning on the 27th because of tightness in his lower back.  Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014, Sports Hochi 2/26/2014
  • 2nd round draft pick Yuito Mori got tips on how to throw the palm ball from Pitching Coach Shinichi Kato on Wednesday.  Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014, Sponichi 2/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani took fielding practice in right on the 26th for the first time during spring camp this year.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
  • Hirotoshi Masui is hoping to improve his fastball by adding a curve to the mix.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2014
  • Luis Mendoza's next outing will most likely come against Yomiuri at Sapporo Dome on March 4.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

[2/25/2014] Softbank Hawks News and Notes

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:40 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Sho Iwasaki Bullpen 2/24 71 Tossed session on his day off in preparation for a practice game start against Lotte on the 26th.  Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka ended workouts early on Tuesday because of tightness in his lower back.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2014
  • Sho Iwasaki will start Wednesday's practice game against Lotte.  Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014
  • Dae-Ho Lee gave Hyun-Soo Kim four bats before a practice game against Doosan (KBO) on Tuesday.  Source: Sponichi 2/25/2014
  • 3rd round draft pick Ken Okamoto is scheduled to make an appearance as a reliever in a practice game against Lotte on the 26th.  He could get a look as a starter during a game in March.  Source: Sponichi 2/25/2014

[2/24/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

Nagisa Arakaki will be sent down to Ni-gun camp after giving up five runs on seven hits over three innings of work.  He may not get another chance to pitch at Ichi-gun before the start of the season.  Paul Oseguera also had a bad outing: three runs on five hits over three innings of work.  He might get another chance, but will really have to impress if he is going to win one of the four foreign player slots on the active roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a press conference for Yuniesky Betancourt at a hotel in Kochi on Monday.  He was assigned the number one.  He is scheduled to join the team for practices on Tuesday.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2014
  • Through Sunday, Takahiro Okada is 10-for-13 with eight RBI in four scrimmages/games.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa is scheduled to get the opening day start.  Hideki Kuriyama told reporters of the decision at 11:34am on Monday (eleven for the number of years it has been since Nippon Ham moved to Hokkaido and thirty-four for Yoshikawa's uniform number).  Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2014
  • Through Sunday, Sho Nakata is 10-for-26 with three home runs in nine scrimmages/games.  Source: Sponichi 2/24/2014

[2/22/2014] Softbank Hawks News and Notes

by on Feb.23, 2014 @ 2:55 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Dae-Ho Lee 2/21 46 5 over the fence.  Sanspo 2/22/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Nagisa Arakaki Bullpen 2/21 60 In preparation for his exhibition game start on Sunday against Seibu.  Sponichi 2/21/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Kenichi Nakata is scheduled to start the first exhibition game at YafuOku Dome: March 1 against Rakuten.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/22/2014
  • Jason Standridge is slated to pitch in a practice game against Doosan on the 25th.  Source: Sponichi 2/22/2014

[2/20/2014] Softbank Hawks News and Notes

by on Feb.21, 2014 @ 3:08 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Kenji Otonari Bullpen 2/20 40 First session in five days.  Sports Hochi 2/20/2014

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The first four spots in the starting rotation could go to Tadashi Settsu, Kenichi Nakata, Jason Standridge, and Brian Wolfe.  The remaining two spots will be up for grabs.  Candidates include Shota Oba, Nao Higashihama, Nagisa Arakaki, Paul Oseguera, Hayato Terahara, Shota Takeda, Kazuyuki Hoashi, and Kenji Otonari.

Oba and Higashihama are scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Seibu on the 22nd.  Arakaki and Oseguera are set to pitch in an exhibition game on the 23rd. 

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2014

[2/20/2014] Practice, Intra-squad Games

by on Feb.21, 2014 @ 2:28 am, under NPB
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=== Intra-squad Games ===

Hanshin Tigers

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Reds 0 1 1 0 3 5       10    
Whites 1 0 0 0 0 2       3    
  • Randy Messenger started the game for the Whites and gave up a run on three hits over two innings.  He topped out at 148km/h.
  • Hiroaki Saiuchi entered the game in the 6th for the Whites and gave up five runs on six hits.
  • Atsushi Nomi started the game for the Reds and allowed a run on four hits over two innings.  He faced eight hitters and threw twenty-three pitches (twenty-one were fastballs).
  • Shintaro Fujinami relieved Nomi and tossed two shutout innings. He allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out four. He threw thirty pitches and topped out at 150km/h.
  • Seung Hwan Oh entered the game in the 6th for the Reds and surrendered a two-run home run during his one-inning outing.  He topped out at 147km/h.
  • The Reds tied the score at one on Ryota Arai's solo home run in the 2nd. They pulled ahead by one on a sac fly by Yamato in the 3rd.
  • Hiroki Uemoto got the start at second for the Reds.  He batted lead-off and collected three hits, including a two-run single to left in the 5th inning.
  • Takashi Shimizu was the starting catcher for the Reds.  He went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
  • Takahiro Arai started at first and batted clean-up for the Whites.  He went 3-for-3: RBI single to center off Atsushi Nomi in the 1st; single to right off Shintaro Fujinami in the 4th; two-run home run to left-center off Seung Hwan Oh in the 6th.

Source: Okinawa Baseball report, Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014, Sponichi 2/20/2014, Sanspo 2/21/2014, Sanspo 2/21/2014, Sanspo 2/21/2014, Sanspo 2/21/2014, Sanspo 2/21/2014, Sanspo 2/21/2014, Sanspo 2/21/2014, Daily Sports 2/21/2014

Seibu Lions

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Reds 0 0 0 0 2 0       2    
Whites 0 0 5 0 0 1       6    
  • Takayuki Kishi started the game for the Whites and did not allow a run or a hit over two innings of work.  He topped out at 142km/h.
  • Greg Reynolds relieved Kishi and threw two scoreless innings.
  • Michael Bowden entered the game in the 9th for the Reds and allowed a run in one inning of work.
  • Kazuhisa Makita started the game for the Reds and tossed two shutout innings. He faced eight hitters, gave up two hits, and threw twenty-nine pitches.
  • Ryoma Nogami relieved Makita and gave up five runs over two innings.
  • Fumiya Nishiguchi relieved Nogami and gave up two runs in one inning of work.
  • Randy Williams threw a scoreless 6th for the Whites.

Source: Seibu report, Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014, Sponichi 2/20/2014, Sanspo 2/20/2014, Daily Sports 2/21/2014

Softbank Hawks

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Reds 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 1   6    
Whites 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0   5    
  • Jason Standridge started the game for the Whites and tossed a shutout inning. He threw just ten pitches.
  • Brian Wolfe started the game for the Reds and gave up two runs on three hits over an inning of work.
  • The Whites recorded nine hits, the Reds ten hits.
  • Dae-Ho Lee started at first and batted clean-up for the Whites. He went 2-for-2: with runners on first and second and one out in the 1st, he hit an RBI single to left off Brian Wolfe; with runners on second and third and no out in the 3rd, he hit an two-run single to right off Hayato Terahara.
  • Seiichi Uchikawa started in left and batted third for the Reds.  He went 2-for-4: two-run homer to left off Kazuyuki Hoashi in the 4th inning; RBI single to left off Masahiko Morifuku in the 8th.

Source: Softbank report, Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014. Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014, Sponichi 2/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2014

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