The Seibu Lions and Nippon Ham Fighters swapped players on Thursday. Twenty-nine-year-old lefty Katsuhiko Kumon and 23-year-old infielder Shota Hiranuma moved to the Lions while 32-year-old outfielder Fumikazu Kimura and 24-year-old third baseman Ryusei Sato go to the Fighters.
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None of the players have been active on the first team this season.
Despite having Olympian Kaima Taira on board, the Lions have, according to Delta Graphs, the worst bullpen in either league.
Lions vs Eagles: MetLife Dome 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT
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