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Around the NPB Horn: Eagles win team high 68th game

by on Sep.22, 2009 @ 1:14 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines lost their 74th game on Monday and can now do no better than 4th.

Rakuten Eagles

...The Eagles' Magic Number for third is now 11.  The Eagles have also won a team high 68 games and are a team high 9 games above 500.

Sachio throws to Katsuya

Sachio throws to Katsuya (Sanspo)

...With Katsuya Nomura behind home plate, Sachio Nomura tossed the ceremonial first pitch prior to Monday's game against the Orix Buffaloes.

...Speaking of Nomura, his career winning percentage currently stands at .500 (1556-1556-76).

Softbank Hawks

...Brian Falkenborg was taken off the active roster on Monday with tightness in his right elbow.  Falkenborg returned to the US at one point to get his elbow tested and was just recently activated on 9/11.

Other

...Hiroyuki Takanashi passed away at 6:03 am on September 21st.  He suffered due to  complications from hiis gastric cancer.

Takanashi was 63 and is survived by his wife Tsuneko.