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Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: May 1, 2012

by on May.01, 2012 @ 4:32 pm, under NPB

Orix Buffaloes

Kei Igawa started a Ni-gun game against Hanshin (at Koshien) today and allowed one run on four hits over six innings of work.  He also topped out at 139km/h.  It was Igawa's first outing at Koshien since October 8, 2006.

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Aarom Baldiris was able to celebrate his walk-off homer on Monday night against the Seibu Lions with his family.

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles announced a number of changes in the front office today.

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Takahiro Shiomi has pitched extremely well at Kleenex Stadium so far this year:

3 G, 3-0, 24 IP, 13 H, 22 SO, 7 BB, 1 R, 1 ER, 0.38 ERA, 0.83 WHIP

Chiba Lotte Marines

Takahiro Fujioka picked up his third victory of the season on Monday and became:

the fifth rookie pitcher in franchise history to record three victories before the end of the April, the first since Katsumi Nakanishi in 1956.

the first rookie left-handed pitcher in franchise history since Atsushi Aramaki and Yoshimi Ebara in 1950 to record three victories before the end of April.

The other rookie pitcher in franchise history to record three victories before the end of April: Shigeo Ueno in 1950.

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According to Sanspo, Fujioka is driving Yuhei Nakaushiro and Naoya Masuda to and from stadiums in his car.