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Softbank, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: July 15, 2012

by on Jul.15, 2012 @ 5:43 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Today's Birthdays: Kazuyuki Hoashi (33), Kenta Imamiya (21)

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Shota Takeda has not allowed a run in either of the two games he has started and won.  While he is the sixth player drafted out of high school to record victories in his first two starts -- and first since Yuki Karakawa (Lotte) in 2008 -- he is the first to do it without allowing a single run.

Takeda is also three innings away from tying the NPB scoreless innings record for a pitcher drafted out of high school, beginning with their very first start.  The current NPB record of fifteen scoreless innings was set by by Shinichi Kondo in 1987.

Source: Sponichi 7/15/2012

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Sadaharu Oh presented Hiroki Kokubo with a Meikyukai jacket before Saturday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines.  Source: Sponichi 7/14/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Today's Birthdays: Shuichi Furukawa (25)

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles asked fans to come up with a word/phrase to go along with Kazuo Matsui's high-five pose.  Of the 3,209 comments that team received, over 200 selected "Burn!"  And so Burn! it is.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Josh Whitesell could get called up on Monday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2012

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Toshiaki Imae played in his 1,000th career game on Saturday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2012