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PL News and Notes: August 29, 2011

by on Aug.29, 2011 @ 11:32 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Tsuyoshi Wada told reporters that he bought a mini-bus (seats 29 with a price tag of around 10M yen) that he'll be donating to the Fukushima High School Baseball Federation.  Wada also got players from various clubs autograph the bus.

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines collected 18 hits yesterday and still lost to the Orix Buffaloes, 6-4.  The last time they banged out that many hits and still lost was back on 7/17/2001 when they lost to Kintetsu 12-9.  The franchise high for hits with a loss is 19, set back on 6/4/1988 when they lost to Nankai, 9-8.  The 4 runs they scored on 18 hits did set something of franchise record: up until yesterday, the fewest number of runs they scored while collecting 18 or more hits was when they scored 5 runs on 19 hits during a 5-5 game against Seibu on 8/18/1989.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata spent about an hour taking BP at the Kamagaya training facilities on his day off today.

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The Fighters announced that they'll be releasing a charity CD where players will be covering Chihara Matsuyama's song Ozora-to Daichi-no Naka-de (大空と大地の中で).  Fans will also have a chance to participate: during a 3-game series against the Orix Buffaloes beginning on 9/23, the Fighters will record any fans that stay back after the game to sing the song.

The Fighters will begin accepting orders, via their website, on 9/1.  The CD will cost 1,500 yen.  Proceeds will be donated to relief /reconstruction efforts in northern Japan.

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes announced today that Osaka mayor Kunio Hiramatsu will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on 9/2 (vs Nippon Ham at Kyocera Dome).

Rakuten Eagles

Hisashi Iwakuma worked out at Kleenex Stadium today in preparation for his start against the Seibu Lions tomorrow.

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Tomohiro Tsuchiya got tips on how to throw his out pitch, the cutter, while watching a TV program that featured how former Chunichi Dragon Kenshin Kawakami threw the pitch.

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Senichi Hoshino wasn't particularly happy with Ryo Hijirisawa last night.  While he wasn't the sole reason why the team lost, Hoshino didn't like how Hijirisawa got himself picked off in the bottom of the 3rd and how he also failed to lay down a sac bunt in the bottom of the 8th.