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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Orix: August 1, 2012

by on Aug.01, 2012 @ 5:45 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

If Hiroki Kokubo hits a home run tonight, it will be in his thirtieth different stadium.  The NPB record of thirty-nine is currently held by Kazuhiro Yamauchi.  Top active players include Tomoaki Kanemoto at thirty-three and Michihiro Ogasawara and Takeshi Yamasaki at thirty.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

Atsunori Inaba is one away from reaching the 1,000-RBI milestone.


The Fighters moved into first place on Tuesday.  It marked the sixth time in franchise history that they finished July in first place (excluding the years between 1973 and 1982 when the season was split into two parts).  Season finishes for the previous five times: 1962 - first place, 1996 - second place, 1998 - second place, 2007 - first place, 2009 - first place.  Source: Sponichi 8/1/2012


Yuki Saito joined the Ni-gun players for workouts on Tuesday.  He is currently slated to pitch about five innings during his first Ni-gun tune-up start on Saturday (vs Futures at Kamagaya).  Source: Sponichi 8/1/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Dae-Ho Lee hit fifteen homers before the All-Star break and invited the same number of kids living in Korea to his games in Japan (with support from a Korean airline).  Source: Sports Hochi 8/1/2012