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[3/26/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.27, 2015 @ 3:25 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Ni-gun game against Orix on March 25: Shota Takeda started the game and gave up a run on four hits over six innings of work. He faced twenty-four hitters, threw 101 pitches, walked three, struck out five, and topped out at 145km/h. The one run he allowed was a home run to Takuya Shimada in the 5th inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/2015
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka might not make it to the active roster until some time after early-April. Source: Sports Hochi 3/26/2015 ... The Hawks have not set a timetable on Matsuzaka. For now, he will spend some time rehabbing. After that, he could head to Ni-gun, or make a stop at San-gun. Either way, the Hawks do not want to rush him to the active roster. Source: ZakZak 3/26/2015
  • The Hawks announced that Itaru Kobayashi will join the front office as an adviser, effective April 1. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara attended his college graduation on March 26. Source: Sports Hochi 3/26/2015
  • A woman filed a lawsuit against the Nippon Ham Fighters after she was hit by a foul ball during a game at Sapporo Dome on August 21, 2010 and, as a result, lost sight in her right eye. She was seeking a total of about 46.5 million yen on grounds of insufficient safeguards. The Sapporo district court ruled in favor of the woman on March 26 and ordered the Nippon Ham Fighters to pay her about 41.9 million yen in damages. The organization is considering an appeal. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tatsuhiro Tamura is expected to get the start at catcher on opening day. If he does, at twenty years and ten months, he will become the second youngest catcher in franchise history to get the opening day start. The youngest, at nineteen years and four months, was Takeo Daigo in 1958. Source: Sponichi 3/26/2015

Rakuten Eagles

[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 Softbank Hawks Opening Day Ichi-gun Roster

by on Mar.26, 2015 @ 2:26 am, under NPB, Roster Updates
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Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
P 11 中田 賢一 Nakata, Kenichi
P 13 二保 旭 Niho, Akira
P 19 森福 允彦 Morifuku, Masahiko
P 28 大隣 憲司 Otonari, Kenji
P 30 武田 翔太 Takeda, Shota
P 38 森 唯斗 Mori, Yuito
P 42 飯田 優也 Iida, Yuya
P 50 攝津 正 Settsu, Tadashi
P 55 J.スタンリッジ Standridge, Jason
P 57 嘉弥真 新也 Kayama, Shinya
P 58 D.サファテ Sarfate, Dennis
P 142 E.バリオス Barrios, Edison
C 8 鶴岡 慎也 Tsuruoka, Shinya
C 22 斐  紹 Yamashita, Ayatsugu
C 62 拓  也 Kai, Takuya
INF 0 高田 知季 Takata, Tomoki
INF 2 今宮 健太 Imamiya, Kenta
INF 5 松田 宣浩 Matsuda, Nobuhiro
INF 10 李 大浩 Lee, Dae-Ho
INF 36 明石 健志 Akashi, Kenji
INF 46 本多 雄一 Honda, Yuichi
INF 69 牧原 大成 Makihara, Taisei
OF 1 内川 聖一 Uchikawa, Seiichi
OF 6 吉村 裕基 Yoshimura, Yuki
OF 7 中村 晃 Nakamura, Akira
OF 9 柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki
OF 24 長谷川 勇也 Hasegawa, Yuya
OF 32 塚田 正義 Tsukada, Masayoshi

[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

[3/24/2015] Softbank Hawks: Taka-no Saiten Yellow Uniforms

by on Mar.24, 2015 @ 9:02 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks unveiled Taka-no Saiten yellow uniforms during a press conference earlier today. The uniforms will be worn during eleven home games between June 29 and July 26. Replica uniforms will be given out to fans that attend games on June 29, July 9, July 20-22, and July 24-26.

Taka-no Saiten 2015

Date Opponent Venue
06/29 Seibu Lions Tokyo Dome
07/01 Seibu Lions YafuOku Dome
07/02 Seibu Lions YafuOku Dome
07/07 Rakuten Eagles YafuOku Dome
07/09 Rakuten Eagles Kyocera Dome
07/20 Chiba Lotte Marines Kitakyushu
07/21 Chiba Lotte Marines YafuOku Dome
07/22 Chiba Lotte Marines YafuOku Dome
07/24 Orix Buffaloes YafuOku Dome
07/25 Orix Buffaloes YafuOku Dome
07/26 Orix Buffaloes YafuOku Dome

Source: official announcement (images taken from official website)

[3/23/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Mar.24, 2015 @ 3:49 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Hiroaki Takaya was diagnosed with influenza B on March 22. He will miss about five days. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka missed a few days due to the flu. He resumed workouts on March 21. He is set to join the rehab group at the Saitozaki facilities on March 24. Source: Sports Hochi 3/23/2015 ... Matsuzaka practiced at YafuOku Dome on March 23. Workouts including dashes and playing catch at a distance of about forty meters. He told reporters he was fully recovered from the flu. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko (right elbow) could be ready to make his first regular season start on March 31 against Softbank at YafuOku Dome. He is slated to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on March 24. If his elbow holds up, he could get the start on six days of rest. Source: Sponichi 3/23/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito's first regular season start could come during a three-game series against Lotte that begins on March 31. Source: Sports Hochi 3/23/2015 ... April 2 is a good possibility. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara will most likely pitch two or more innings during his next outing, which could come on March 31 against Yokohama at Kamagaya. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ayumu Ishikawa and Takahiro Fujioka are set to pitch in a Ni-gun game on March 24 against Seibu. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015

Seibu Lions

[3/23/2015] Osaka Classic 2015 Uniforms

by on Mar.23, 2015 @ 10:06 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks and Orix Buffaloes unveiled the uniforms they will be wearing during the Osaka Classic: Naniwa Championship this year. The Osaka Classic will take place at Kyocera Dome over a three-day period beginning on May 1.

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The Buffaloes will be wearing retro uniforms that were worn by the Kintetsu Buffaloes between 1999 and 2004. The Hawks will be wearing retro uniforms the Nankai Hawks wore in 1983. Various events are planned during the three-game series, including guest apearances by Masataka Nashida, Takanori Yamauchi, and Eiji Mizuguchi.

Source: official announcement (Softbank), official announcement (Softbank), official announcement (Orix), official announcement (Orix)
* all images taken from official websites

[3/22/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.23, 2015 @ 5:13 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ni-gun game against Seibu on March 22: Masaru Takeda started the game and gave up a run on two hits over three innings of work. He faced eleven, walked none, and struck out one. First round draft pick Kohei Arihara made his debut. He relieved Takeda and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He needed just ten pitches to record three outs and topped out at 149km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 3/22/2015, Sports Hochi 3/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/22/2015
  • The Fighters decided to send fifth round draft pick Hayao Segawa, Akihiro Hakumura, and Ryo Watanabe down to Ni-gun after an exhibition game against Yomiuri on March 21. The Fighters plan to have Segawa and Hakumura work on pitching in relief. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/22/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on March 22: first round draft pick Kona Takahashi started the game and gave up a run (unearned) on two hits over four innings of work. He faced fifteen hitters, walked one, struck out four, and topped out at 154km/h. Source: Sponichi 3/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/22/2015
  • Kazuhisa Makita may be the top candidate to replace Takayuki Kishi as opening day starter. Source: Sponichi 3/22/2015
  • The Lions signed partnership agreements with five cities in Saitama: Tokorozawa, Hanno, Sayama, Iruma, and Hidaka. Source: Sponichi 3/22/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui was warned about a two-stage delivery during his outing against Chunichi on March 21. He was also warned about it during a spring camp intra-squad game on February 12. Matsui is planning to review film to confirm the problem. Source: Sponichi 3/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/22/2015