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[2/18/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.19, 2015 @ 7:30 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camp had the day off on Wednesday.
  • The Hawks announced that they sold naming rights to the home run terraces in right and left.  The terrace in right was sold to ANA and the terrace in left was sold to Sankyu. Both agreements are for one year. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Wednesday.
  • Hiroyuki Nakajima and Eiichi Koyano are set to make their debuts during an exhibition game against Softbank on the 21st. They will get two to three trips to the plate. Source: Sponichi 2/18/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters decided to pass on thirty-four-year-old pitcher Cha-Seung Baek. He had been with the team since the 12th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2015
  • Shohei Otani is scheduled to start an intra-squad game on the 24th and pitch five innings (or throw about sixty pitches). Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2015
  • The Fighters are taking it slow with first round draft pick Kohei Arihara because of concerns about his right elbow. Since the schedule is light in April, they might delay his Ichi-gun debut until May. Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo told players he would push the team curfew back two hours from midnight to 2:00am if they recorded a win against Hanshin on the 17th. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Ties were not included in the deal. Source: Daily Sports 2/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2015

[2/17/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.18, 2015 @ 6:55 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Rick VandenHurk is slated to pitch in a practice game on the 25th. Source: Sanpso 2/17/2015
  • Kimiyasu Kudo tossed batting practice to Seiichi Uchikawa on the 15th (89 pitches), Takuya Kai on the 16th (137 pitches), and Masayoshi Tsukada on the 17th (about fifteen minutes). Source: Sponichi 2/17/2015

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shota Ono joined Ichi-gun workouts on Tuesday. He started spring camp at Ni-gun because of right elbow problems. Source: Sports Hochi 2/17/2015

Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi is slated to start Wednesday's Ni-gun practice game against Hanshin and pitch two innings. Source: Daily Sports 2/17/2015

Rakuten Eagles

[2/16/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Feb.17, 2015 @ 10:14 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camp had the day off on Monday.
  • Ni-gun Lotte will play four Eastern League games at Funabashi Baseball Stadium this season: May 17 vs Yokohama, July 29 vs Yomiuri, August 7 vs Yakult, August 18 vs Nippon Ham. Source: official announcement
  • The Marines released Nico Nico stream viewer numbers for the third block camp (February 11-15): Day 9 - 42,888 viewers and 15,510 comments; Day 10 - 42,414 viewers and 9,438 comments; Day 11 - 40,603 viewers and 10,566 comments; Day 12 - 55,538 viewers and 37,983 comments; Day 13 - 50,609 viewers and 26,710 comments. Source: Sponichi 2/16/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camp had the day off on Monday.
  • Makoto Aiuchi is slated to start a practice game against Doosan (KBO) on the 21st. Source: Daily Sports 2/16/2015
  • Yuji Onizaki's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 3,220 grams, on the 14th. Source: Sanspo 2/16/2015

[2/15/2015] Spring Camp Games from February 15

by on Feb.16, 2015 @ 9:50 am, under NPB
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[2/15/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.16, 2015 @ 9:46 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes had Hiroyuki Nakajima at short, Ryoichi Adachi at second, and Yoshio Itoi in center during fielding practice for the first time on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 2/15/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to pitch in a practice game against KIA (KBO) on the 17th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/15/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ni-gun manager Tsutomu Sakai would like first round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku to take a step back from tossing bullpen sessions and work on other areas, like strength and conditioning. He also wants to give the youngster time to rest his shoulder and elbow and think about ways to improve his approach by watching other players. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/15/2015, Sports Hochi 2/15/2015, Sponichi 2/15/2015

[2/14/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.15, 2015 @ 1:41 pm, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 16th before pitching in an exhibition game against Orix on the 21st. Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2015
  • Akira Nakamura missed a couple days with a gastrointestinal virus. He returned to practices on the 14th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015
  • Keizo Kawashima cut practices short on Saturday because of a fever and was later diagnosed with the flu. Source: Sponichi 2/14/2015
  • Kimiyasu Kudo threw the ball about thirty-five times on Saturday in preparation for the possibility of tossing batting practice. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuji Maeda is slated to start a practice game against KT (KBO) on the 15th and pitch two innings. Kazumasa Yoshida, Tomoyuki Kaida, and Daiki Tomei are scheduled to follow with two innings a piece and Alessandro Maestri with one inning. Shinya Nakayama, Hirokazu Shiranita, and Ryo Sakakibara will be back-ups. Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2015
  • The Buffaloes are spending about thirty million yen on renovations to the locker rooms on the first base side (home team). Construction began early this year and should be complete in time for the exhibition game against Chunichi on March 4. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara was two to three kilograms over his ideal weight of ninety-seven kilograms during his pre-camp physical. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Hideaki Wakui is slated to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on the 18th. Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2015
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka could also pitch in the batting practice scrimmage on the 18th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi tossed a bullpen session on the 14th for the first time since the 4th. In between sessions, he worked on his mechanics. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015
  • Takeya Nakamura played some short during fielding practice on Friday because they were down a few players. It was the first time he played the position. He handled four chances without any difficulty and helped turn two double plays. Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2015, Chunichi Sports 2/14/2015, Daily Sports 2/14/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto is planning to use a different set of cleats with fewer spikes when he pitches at YafuOku Dome. Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2015
  • Yuki Matsui was warned about a two-stage delivery during an intra-squad game on the 12th. He was also warned about it during practices on the 14th and worked on the necessary adjustments with pitching coach Hirshi Takamura. Source: Sponichi 2/14/2015
  • Takero Okajima received ninety Valentine's Day chocolates. Source: Sanpso 2/14/2015

[2/13/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.14, 2015 @ 2:31 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camp had the day off on Friday.

Orix Buffaloes

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Friday.
  • Francisco Caraballo's tryout will be extended to at least the 15th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Masaru Takeda and Hisashi Takeda are slated to pitch in a practice game against Yokohama on the 14th. Source: Sports Hochi 2/13/2015 ... Yuki Saito will most likely make an appearance on the 14th as well. Source: Sanspo 2/13/2015
  • Kenji Sato's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,798 grams, on Friday. Source: official announcement
  • Juichi Suezawa will be taking over as new owner of the team on April 1. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yuki Karakawa will not pitch in intra-squad games on the 14th and 15th because of pain in his right adductor. The condition does not appear to be serious. He could start an exhibition game against Chunichi on the 21st. Source: Sponichi 2/13/2015
  • Relievers pitched with three minute breaks after throwing twelve pitches three times during workouts on Thursday. Starting pitchers did the same exercise on the 11th, but with fifteen pitches pitches repeated four times. Source: Sponichi 2/13/2015
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka is slated to pitch one or two innings in relief during a practice game against Hiroshima on the 22nd. He is also slated to toss batting practice on the 18th. Source: Daily Sports 2/13/2015

Rakuten Eagles

[2/12/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.13, 2015 @ 5:43 pm, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Taisei Makihara played center in consecutive intra-squad games. Yuya Hasegawa is still working his way back from right ankle surgery in December last year. The Hawks want options and are checking to see how Makihara handles the outfield. Source: Sponichi 2/12/2015
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka is slated to toss batting practice on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 2/12/2015
  • Akira Nakamura left practices early on Thursday because he was not feeling well (diarrhea). He was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal virus. Source: Sponichi 2/12/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Ni-gun camp had the day off on Thursday.

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Cha-Seung Baek tossed a bullpen session as part of his tryout on Thursday. He threw thirty-seven pitches, including two-seamers, sliders, and splitters, and topped out at 140km/h. He will have a chance to pitch in an intra-squad game on the 15th. Source: Daily Sports 2/12/2015, Sports Hochi 2/12/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • First round draft pick Shogo Nakamura, Toshiaki Imae, and Daichi Suzuki fielded grounders for about fifty minutes during extra fielding practice on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/12/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui will continue his training at Ni-gun camp because he wants to practice at his own pace. He also wants to get more work in the outfield. Source: Sanpso 2/12/2015