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PL News and Notes: Hiroki Kokubo (SOF) tweaks neck during fielding practice

by on Sep.01, 2011 @ 12:56 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Hiroki Kokubo was scratched from tonight's starting line-up after he tweaked his neck during fielding practice before the game.

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Takahiro Mahara did some long distance throwing (80 meters) and stretches during his workout today at Gannosu Stadium.  Mahara is still on track to pitch during an upcoming Ni-gun 3-game series against Hiroshima (9/2-9/4).

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Brian Falkenborg's wife gave birth to the couple's 3rd child, a girl weighing 4,656 grams, in a Fukuoka hospital at 2:50pm today.

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Anthony Lerew started a Ni-gun game against Orix today and gave up a run on 2 hits over 5 innings of work.  He also topped out at 149km/h.  Lerew also pitched well during his last start on 8/24 when he tossed 6 perfect innings and ultimately tossed 7 shutout innings while allowing 2 hits while striking out 6.

Lerew's family (parents, wife and 2 kids) are also in Japan right now and had a chance to watch his start today.

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi helped Pastel come up with a new pudding dish called Yume Tappurin (夢たっぷりん).  The item will go on sale in limited quantities at Seibu Dome for 600 yen between 9/16 and 9/18.  At the request of Kikuchi, a portion of the proceeds will also be donated to relief and reconstruction efforts in northern Japan.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yu Darvish tied a career high in victories with his 16th of the season.  He also topped out at 152km/h.

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Nikkan Sports notes that Yuki Saito has been seen spending time with teammate Bobby Keppel.  When asked if they were talking about baseball, Saito replied, "No, I'm just studying English."

Orix Buffaloes

Before tonight's game, the Buffaloes collectively decided turn down any requests for a hero interview at Kitakyushu because they were concerned about the safety of their players (since they were also playing as the visiting team).

Said an unnamed club source, "In the past we've had experiences of players getting doused with beer by fans during hero interviews at local stadiums."

Rakuten Eagles

Takeshi Yamasaki hit his 10th homer of the season today, giving him 7 consecutive seasons of 10 or more homers (and 15 over his entire career).  It was also his second homer off Yusei Kikuchi.