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[2/27/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.28, 2015 @ 4:33 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka could make his first start of the regular season during the Orix series that begins on March 31. Tadashi Settsu and Kenichi Nakata will most likely get the first two starts of the regular season, with Matsuzaka and Kenji Otonari getting starts during the Orix series. The remaining two starts are still up for grabs. Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2015
  • The Hawks announced that T-Point Japan will be their helmet sponsors this season. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015, official Ustream

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters closed out general practices at Nago camp on Friday -- they still have a practice game against Hiroshima on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015
  • Shohei Otani will most likely start three exhibition games next month. March 3 against Yomiuri at Sapporo Dome, March 11 against Yokohama at Kamagaya, and March 18 against Hiroshima at Sapporo Dome. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2015, Sponichi 2/27/2015
  • Atsunori Inaba visited the Rangers in Arizona on the 27th (Japan time). He met Yu Darvish and Kyuji Fujikawa. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka will be returning to Kyoto for three days, beginning on March 4, to prepare for and present his graduation thesis. He was slated to pitch against Orix on the 26th, but the practice game was rained out. His next start is unscheduled. Lotte will set a date once they check on his condition when he rejoins the team on March 7. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2015, Sports Hochi 2/27/2015, Sponichi 2/27/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takaaki Yokoyama is set to start an exhibition game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome on the 28th. Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Takahiro Irino's start against Doosan was rained out on the 26th. He is now slated to start an exhibition game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome on March 1. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015
  • Pitching coach Shujo Yoshida helped Kodai Hamaya work on his change-up on the team's off day on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2015
  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to fill his four foreign player roster slots with two position players and two pitchers. Rakuten has seven foreign players on the seventy-man roster: Gaby Sanchez, Zelous Wheeler, Kam Mickolio, Rhiner Cruz, Kenny Ray, Jim Heuser, and the soon-to-be-added Wily Mo Pena. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2015
  • Okubo would like a number five hitter that knows how to run the bases. Speed is a plus, but not necessarily a deciding factor. He has so far tried players like Shintaro Masuda, Hiroaki Shimauchi, and Takero Okajima. Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2015

[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

[2/25/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.26, 2015 @ 8:03 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka is currently slated to start an exhibition game against Hanshin at Koshien on March 4 and pitch two to three innings. The last time he pitched at Koshien was against Hanshin on June 9, 2006. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2015, Sponichi 2/25/2015

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Dae-Eun Rhee's next outing could come on either February 28 or March 1 (exhibition games against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome). He will pitch about three innings. Source: Sponichi 2/25/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles set a new franchise record when they sold out all their home opener tickets in three hours and twenty minutes on Wednesday. Tickets to the homer opener on March 31 against Seibu went on sale at 10:00am and were sold out by 1:20pm. The previous record of seven hours was set in 2012. Source: official announcement

[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