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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Rakuten: July 16, 2012

by on Jul.16, 2012 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Nobuhiko Matsunaka tweaked his left hamstring while running the bases in the 5th inning of today's game against the Orix Buffaloes.  The ball Matsunaka hit ended up being a home run, but because he was not sure where it was going to land, he ran hard out of the box and hurt his left leg somewhere around first.

Matsunaka may have suffered a hamstring strain and will most likely be taken off the active roster on Tuesday.  He is scheduled to have it examined at a hospital on Tuesday.

Source: Sponichi 7/16/2012, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

Fans selected Yuki Saito as the "player they most wanted to make their future husband" in Nippon Seimei's Looking to the Future Selections.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2012

Rakuten Eagles

Senichi Hoshino apparently was not satisfied with Toshiya Nakashima's slide into home plate in the 3rd inning and said to reporters, "The other guy is not going to drop the ball if [Nakashima] slides in like a young lady."  Source: Sponichi 7/16/2012

4 comments on “Softbank, Nippon Ham, Rakuten: July 16, 2012

  1. Steve Novosel

    Satozaki wasn’t going to drop the ball anyway – that was a perfect throw by Okada and a great block by Satozaki. I thought Nakashima had a better chance of going around the plate block than through it anyway. Satozaki is not a small man.

  2. Nathan

    It’s not the fact that Satozaki was going to drop the ball had he slid harder. It’s the fact that Hoshino is calling his player(s) for being soft. Regardless of what would’ve been, you slide as hard as you can or do something different like you suggested. Baseball is such a mental game, you start getting soft, there is really no end to how much worse a team can get. Whatever though. Hoshino overstates/overblows/overreacts to the press.

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