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PL News and Notes: Fumiya Nishiguchi’s starts without a complete game streak ends at 102

by on Aug.29, 2011 @ 2:27 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Hiroki Kokubo was held out of the starting line-up on Saturday because he tweaked his neck while playing defense on Friday.

Seibu Lions

Fumiya Nishiguchi's streak of starts without a complete game ended Sunday at 102 games with a 1-0 shutout over the Nippon Ham Fighters (he hadn't recorded a complete game since 6/4/2006 and a shutout since 8/27/2005).  Nishiguchi is also the oldest pitcher in franchise history to record a shutout at 38 years and 11 months.  The previous record of 38 years and 3 months was set by Osamu Higashio.

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Yusei Kikuchi threw 28 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday in preparation for his next start on the 31st (vs Rakuten).

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata does not have a hit in his last 20 at bats (26 plate appearances).  He does have 5 walks, 5 strikeouts, and 1 sac fly.

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles sold out of tickets (Kleenex Stadium) Saturday for the 4th time this season: 4/29 (home opener), 5/28 and 5/29 (vs Hanshin Tigers), and 8/27 (vs Softbank).

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Yamasaki Takashi is helping Mizuno (he has an advisory contract with them) with a new "power bat" for kids (center of gravity is located closer to the head of the bat).  A trial bat was unveiled during an event at Rakuten Stadium on Sunday.  The bat is scheduled for a release some time next Spring.