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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Orix, Lotte: August 9, 2012

by on Aug.09, 2012 @ 5:24 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks announced today that Reo Chikada's registered position was being changed to outfielder (from pitcher).  Source: Daily Sports 8/9/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito threw thirty-nine pitches in the bullpen today in preparation for his next Ni-gun start on August 11 (vs Yakult).  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/9/2012

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Dai-Kang Yoh stepped in against his brother Yao-Hsun Yang (Softbank) on Wednesday, they became the first pair of brothers to face each other since Hiroshi Yamada (Chunichi) struck out swinging against Tsutomu Yamada (Hiroshima) on July 16, 1998.  However, both brothers in 1998 were pitchers.  The last position player/pitcher brother combo to face each other: pitcher Shoji Sadaoka (Yomiuri) and outfielder Tetsuhisa Sadaoka (Hiroshima) in 1983 and 1984.  Source: Sponichi 8/9/2012

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At forty years and zero months, Atsunori Inaba was the third oldest player to reach the 1,000-RBI milestone behind Takeshi Yamasaki (forty years and nine month) and Atsuya Furuta (forty years and one month).  He was also the fourth player to reach both the 2,000-hit and 1,000-RBI milestones in the same season.  The other three: Michiyo Arito in 1985, Furuta in 2005, and Tomonori Maeda in 2007.  Source: Sponichi 8/9/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Dae-Ho Lee became the first player in the PL to hit twenty home runs this season on Wednesday night.  Lee is also the first player in franchise history to reach the twenty-homer milestone before anyone else in the league since Ichiro on August 1, 1995.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/9/2012

Chiba Lotte Marines

Kazunari Abe will likely get another start on August 15 (vs Softbank at Yahoo Dome).  Source: Sports Hochi 8/9/2012

3 comments on “Softbank, Nippon Ham, Orix, Lotte: August 9, 2012

  1. npbcardguy

    So how does “franchise history” apply to the Orix Buffaloes? Does it only include the Hankyu/Orix branch or does it also include Kintetsu?

    In other words, is the last appearance of the Orix Buffaloes in the Nippon Series 2001 or 1996?

    1. fighting ham

      Kintetsu not included. Keiji Suzuki’s number is retired, but Mitsuteru Goto still wears #1.

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