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Softbank, Orix, Rakuten: July 3, 2012

by on Jul.03, 2012 @ 6:05 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit the team's first homer in sixteen games on Monday.  The last time the team hit a home run drought that lasted fifteen or more games was in 1947 when they went sixteen games without a homer.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/3/2012


Team owner Masayoshi Son presented his team with championship rings on Monday.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/3/2012

The Hawks have won all four of the games Son has attended so far this year.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/3/2012

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes announced that F-League Shriker Osaka goalkeeper Igor will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday.

Rakuten Eagles

Manabu Mima tossed a bullpen session on Monday in preparation for a possible start against Lotte on Wednesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2012


The Eagles announced on Monday that their Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on August 19 will be a special game dedicated to the revival of Minamisanriku Town in Miyagi.  As part of the festivities, the Eagles will be giving away Eagle Star uniforms to the first 2,000 fans that attend.