Nippon Ham Fighters
Dustin Molleken joined the Ichi-gun players for workouts on Friday and threw forty pitches in the bullpen. Molleken made his NPB debut in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on Tuesday: 1 IP, 5 BF, 28 NP, 2 H, 0 HR, 0 SO, 0 BB, 1 R, 1 ER. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2012
The Eagles recorded their fifth sellout of the season on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2012
Chiba Lotte Marines
Yoshihisa Naruse has added more running to his workouts -- on days he pitches on six days of rest, he adds eight dashes between the outfield foul poles.
FWIW: Naruse and Masahiro Tanaka (RAK) are the only two pitchers in the NPB that have a QS% of 100%.
Source: Sports Hochi 7/28/2012
In other Naruse news...
- ...he became the first pitcher in the PL to win ten games this season. That is a first for Lotte pitchers since Shingo Ono in 2000.
- ...he now has four consecutive seasons of ten or more victories. That is a first for Lotte since Naoyuki Shimizu recorded five consecutive seasons of ten or more victories between 2002 and 2006. He is also the fourth left-handed pitcher in franchise history to record four or more consecutive seasons of ten or more victories. The last left-handed Lotte pitcher to do: Norihiro Mizutani with four between 1980 and 1983.
Source: Sponichi 7/28/2012