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PL News and Notes: Ryan Mulhern (SEI) homers in his first at bat

by on Aug.06, 2011 @ 10:51 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Hiroki Kokubo is scheduled to rejoin the team today.

Seibu Lions

Ryan Mulhern hit a homer in his first career Ichi-gun at bat last night and became the 52nd player in NPB history to achieve the feat.  He's also:

...the 1st player in the NPB to hit a homer in his first AB since Issei Morita on 7/26/2011.
...the 1st player in the PL to hit a homer in his first AB since Jose Ortiz (on Orix at the time) on 3/28/2003.
...the 2nd foreign player in franchise history (5th including Japanese players) to hit a homer in his first AB.  The other was Corey Paul in 1999.

Orix Buffaloes

Akinobu Okada recorded his 499th managerial victory last night.

Rakuten Eagles

Shoji Ohiro is close to playing in his first rehab game (perhaps some time next week) since he suffered a fracture in his cheek bone in June.  Ohiro took BP during Ni-gun practice yesterday.