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PL News and Notes: Softbank Hawks now have 7 pitchers with at least 1 shutout

by on Aug.19, 2011 @ 2:53 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks currently have 7 different pitchers with shutouts this year: Toshiya Sugiuchi (3), D.J. Houlton (2), Tsuyoshi Wada (1), Hiroki Yamada (1), Tadashi Settsu (1), Sho Iwasaki (1), and Shota Oba (1).  The Hawks have accomplished this only once before in franchise history when 8 different pitchers recorded at least one shutout in 1954: Motoji Takuwa (5), Taketoshi Ogami (3), Susumu Yuki (2), Hiroshi Nakahara (2), Taisei Nakamura (2), Takashi Nakajima (1), Tokumi Nomo (1), and Kiyoshi Fujie (1).

Seibu Lions

Ginjiro started playing catch and took some light BP at Seibu 2 Stadium for the first time since he was taken off the active roster on the 11th with a fracture in his right index finger.  Said Ginjiro, "I still can't throw that hard but I'll slowly ramp things up.  My goal is [to get back to playing] in a week."

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Yusei Kikuchi secured another Ichi-gun start (likely on 8/31 against Rakuten at Morioka, his home town) with his first career complete game victory tonight (first Lion out of high school to record a complete game in his second season since Hideaki Wakui in 2008; and first Lion rookie to start career 3-0 since Kento Sugiyama started his career 6-0 in 1993).  He'll probably be taken off the active roster beforehand.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito did some running and played long distance catch during practice yesterday.  His next start will likely come on the 21st against the Orix Buffaloes (Sapporo Dome).  Saito also traveled with the team back to Hokkaido today.

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes have not been able to score a run since the 4th inning on Tuesday.  That's a span of 23 scoreless innings.

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Akinobu Okada held an emergency meeting with the coaches (about 20 minutes) after last night's game.

Rakuten Eagles

Takeshi Yamasaki needs just one more homer to become the third player in NPB history to collect double-digit homers in the season in which they turned 43.  The other two: Hiromitsu Kadota with 18 in 1991 and Hiromitsu Ochiai with 21 in 1996.