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[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

[2/28/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Mar.01, 2014 @ 5:57 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

Name Type Date NP Notes
Yusei Kikuchi Bullpen 2/28 60 Including breaking pitches.  Sports Hochi 2/28/2014, Sanspo 2/28/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yuki Karakawa is scheduled to start Saturday's exhibition game against Hanshin.  Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Name Date Swings Notes
Yuniesky Betancourt 2/28   Faced Yoshihisa Hirano; hit two over the fence.  Sanspo 2/28/2014

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  • The Buffaloes closed out their camp in Kochi on Friday.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2014
  • Team president Hiroaki Nishina watched workouts at Kochi camp on Friday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
  • Kei Igawa tossed batting practice on Thursday off flat ground because the session had to be held indoors due to the rain.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa is scheduled to pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Yakult on March 6.  Source: Sponichi 2/28/2014
  • The Fighters will be adding a Cheer Stage near the back of the reserved infield A seat section on the third base side.  Source: official announcement

[2/27/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 4:23 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi will start a practice game against Orix on March 1.  Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2014
  • Takeya Nakamura will most likely play in his first exhibition game on March 15 vs Orix.  He is currently making his way back from left side pain.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshihisa Naruse will likely pitch in three more games before the start of the regular season: March 7, 14, and 21.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014

[2/25/2014] Seibu Lions News and Notes

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:43 am, under NPB
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Quick Notes

  • The remaining players in Nango closed out extended Nango camp on Tuesday.  They will join the rest of the team in Miyazaki City.  Source: Sponichi 2/25/2014
  • Kazuhisa Makita is slated to make his first regular season start on April 1 against Lotte at QVC Marine.  There is a chance he could face former teammate, Hideaki Wakui.  He will most likely pitch in his first exhibition game on March 5 vs Chunichi.  Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014, Sports Hochi 2/25/2014
  • Yusei Kikuchi is scheduled to start a practice game against Orix on March 1.  It will be his first game since September 26, 2013 and his first Ichi-gun game since August 6, 2013.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
  • Shogo Akiyama left Tuesday's practice game against Rakuten early due to tightness in his right elbow.  Source: Sponichi 2/25/2014
  • Takeya Nakamura was taking things slow because of pain in his left side.  A hospital examination on the 24th did not reveal any major problems.  Source: Sponichi 2/25/2014

[2/21/2014] Seibu Lions News and Notes

by on Feb.22, 2014 @ 12:53 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Yusei Kikuchi Bullpen 2/21 32 Second session in as many days.  Sports Hochi 2/21/2014

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Quick Notes

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The Lions will take it easy with Takeya Nakamura because they are concerned about his left side.

Source: Sanspo 2/21/2014

Nakamura did not participate in general workouts on Friday and returned to the hotel early.  The team will continue to monitor his progress as he gets treatment.  He could resume batting practice in about a week.

Source: Sponichi 2/21/2014

[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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[2/19/2014] Seibu Lions News and Notes

by on Feb.20, 2014 @ 3:20 am, under NPB
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Quick Notes

  • The Lions announced that Toshihiro Iwao, Yuta Nakazaki, Kenta Matsushita, Kazuki Miyata, and Porfirio Lopez will join Group A camp on the 20th.  Source: official announcement
  • Kazuhisa Makita is scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game on the 20th.  Source: Sanspo 2/19/2014

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Takeya Nakamura was taking batting practice on Tuesday when he suddenly stopped and grabbed his left side.  He ended the session and disappeared beyond the dugout.  He left before the end of general practices.  He did not go to the hospital and instead rested at the team hotel.

Source: Sanspo 2/19/2014

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A number of players were scheduled to continue workouts at Seibu 2 Stadium after Nango camp.  The Lions decided to change those plans because of the snowfall in the Kanto region and will have the players remain in Nango until the 25th.  Players staying back:

Takayuki Kishi, Fumiya Nishiguchi, Ryoma Nogami, Atsushi Okamoto, Michael Bowden, Kazuhisa Makita, Greg Reynolds, Randy Williams, Cody Ransom, Naoto Watanabe, Takanori Hoshi, Tatsuyuki Uemoto, Takeya Nakamura, and Takumi Kuriyama.  (fourteen players)

The rest of the team will travel to Miyazaki City on the 21st ahead of their exhibition game against Softbank on the 22nd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2014

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Seibu Dome suffered some minor damage during the recent snowfall in the Kanto region.  Repairs are underway.  The stadium should be ready in time for the upcoming exhibition games.

Source: Daily Sports 2/19/2014

[2/18/2014] Seibu Lions News and Notes

by on Feb.19, 2014 @ 2:11 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Taiki Nakago Bullpen 2/18 ~200 About 160 to a standing catcher and about 40 to a squatting catcher.  Sponichi 2/18/2014
Yosuke Okamoto BP 2/18 65 Fastballs and curves; allowed 7 could-be hits.  Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014
Ken Togame BP 2/18 57 Fastballs and curves; faced three hitters; gave up 3 could-be hits.  Sanspo 2/18/2014
Ken Togame Bullpen 2/17 55 Sanspo 2/18/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Ichi-gun camp has the day off on the 19th.
  • Hideto Asamura and Yuji Kaneko took fielding practice at second and short, respectively, during fielding practice on Tuesday.  Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014

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The rotation will most likely be Takayuki Kishi, Kazuhisa Makita, Ryoma Nogami, Yusei KIkuchi, Greg Reynolds, and Yosuke Okamoto.  However, the coaches also want Shota Takekuma to push for a spot and be ready in case they need him.  They could give him the team's first exhibition game start of the season on the 22nd against Softbank.  Source: Sponichi 2/18/2014