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PL News and Notes: Yuki Karakawa (LOT) tosses 60 pitches in the bullpen

by on Aug.22, 2011 @ 2:53 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Yhency Brazoban made his NPB debut yesterday and did not allow a run over 1.2 innings of work.  He also struck out 2, topped out at 151km/h, and was called for a balk.

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Seiichi Uchikawa and Nobuhiro Matsuda took part in a charity talk event after yesterday's game.  About 1,800 fans attended.

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Tadashi Settsu's next start will likely come on the 28th against the Rakuten Eagles (at Kleenex Stadium).

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Assuming rotations don't change, there's a good chance Toshiya Sugiuchi will face Masahiro Tanaka (RAK) again during his next start on the 27th (at Kleenex Stadium).

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yuki Karakawa tossed 60 pitches (including his slider and curve) in the bullpen at QVC Marine Field yesterday.  It was his first session since injuring his left leg (calf) during a game against the Rakuten Eagles (8/12).

Said Karakawa, "The swelling is gone and it was good that I was able to pitch as I normally do."

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Shunichi Nemoto recorded his first walk-off victory last night since 4/13/2008 (2nd of his career).  For the Marines, it was their first pinch-hit walk-off RBI since Julio Zuleta on 6/15/2008.

It was also the Marines' first walk-off victory of the season.  The last time it took them so long to get their first walk-off victory (97th game) was back in 1982 when they got their first walk-off in their 120th game (on 9/30 vs Nippon Ham).

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata currently leads both leagues with 69 RBI.

Nakata's mother took in a game at Sapporo Dome for the first time since 4/12.

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Hisashi Takeda became the first closer to save 30 games in the PL yesterday (2nd overall behind Dennis Sarfate's 31 saves for Hiroshima).  This marks Takeda's second season of 30 or more saves.

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Yuki Saito's next start will likely come on the 27th against the Seibu Lions (at Seibu Dome).  Assuming no changes in the rotation after that, he could end up making a start against Masahiro Tanaka and the Rakuten Eagles (at Kleenex Stadium) on 9/10.

Orix Buffaloes

Akinobu Okada turned down requests for a post-game interview for the 5th time this season last night.  The other members of the coaching staff also kept their thoughts to themselves, saying only "no comment."

The last 6 games were considered extremely important by Okada, since they were against the Softbank Hawks and Nippon Ham Fighters.  But the Buffaloes weren't able to salvage any of the game and dropped all 6 -- they were shutout 3 times and only managed to push 7 runs across in the other 3 games.

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles won a series against the Softbank Hawks last night for the first time since 2009 (9/29-10/1).