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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Seibu, Orix: June 28, 2012

by on Jun.28, 2012 @ 6:12 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Nobuhiko Matsunaka played in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on Wednesday (starting DH, batted third) and went 2-for-4 with one RBI: walk, single to right, single to right, fly out to center, fly out to third.  He could return to the active roster as early as Friday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

Kensuke Tanaka became the 268th player in NPB history reach the 1,000 hit milestone on Wednesday night.  Tanaka's first hit came on September 20, 2000.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2012

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi is slated to make his first Ichi-gun start of the year against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Seibu Dome on July 1.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2012

Kikuchi started a Ni-gun game against Lotte on June 23 and allowed one run on two hits over five innings of work (5 IP, 20 BF, 79 NP, 2 H, 4 SO, 4 BB, 1 R, 1 ER).

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Hidekazu Hoshi started borrowing elements from Masayuki Kakefu's hitting method this year.  Source: Daily Sports 6/27/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Kei Igawa will be returning to the active roster in time for a start on Friday against the Chiba Lotte Marines (at Kyocera Dome).  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/28/2012, Sponichi 6/28/2012