Shota Takeda is...
- ...the tenth rookie out of high school (since the start of the draft) to start their careers 3-0; and the first in franchise history.
- ...the first rookie out of high school to record double-digit strikeouts in their first year since Yuki Karakawa struck out ten on May 3, 2008; and just second player in franchise history to achieve the feat -- the other was Motoji Takuwa (four times) in 1954.
- ...one of three rookies out of high school (since the start of the draft) to have an ERA under 1.00 after starting their careers 3-0: Tsuneo Horiuchi (0.38 ERA in 1966), Shinichi Kondo (0.73 in 1987), Takeda (0.77 in 2012).
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito's next Ni-gun start will come against Yakult on August 11. Source: Sponichi 8/5/2012
During workouts today, he worked on his slide step during a game of catch. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/5/2012
Sho Nakata was late in coming to the plate to lead off the bottom of the 4th inning on Saturday because he ran off the bathroom after the top of the 4th. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/5/2012
The Lions decided to demote Tatsuya Oishi after his performance against the Softbank Hawks tonight: after retiring the first two batters in a row, the next two reached on an error and a walk; that was followed by a three-run homer to Seiichi Uchikawa. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/5/2012
Kei Igawa complained of tightness in his left side during his last start on Thursday (vs Seibu). When reporters approached him before today's game, he said, "It is not like I have no tightness in my side, but it should not be a problem. I will continue to keep my eye on it as I practice. ... Personally, I plan to make my next start."
Igawa will confirm his side when he tosses his bullpen session on Monday.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/5/2012
The Eagles lost on Saturday and recorded their first eight-game losing streak (0-8-1) since 2009 (June 30-July 8; 0-8-0). They failed to win again today and are now winless in ten straight.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Takahiro Fujioka started a Ni-gun game against Yakult today and gave up a run on six hits over five innings of work. He struck out six and topped out at 146km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/5/2012