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Nippon Ham, Orix, Lotte: August 13, 2012

by on Aug.13, 2012 @ 6:28 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Masaru Nakamura started Ni-gun game against Yakult on Sunday: 6 IP, 23 BF, 91 NP, 2 H, 0 SO, 5 BB, 2 R, 2 ER).  As of now, he has a better chance at being called up over Yuki Saito.  Saito will likely get at least one more tune-up start at Ni-gun.  Source: Sanspo 8/13/2012, Nikkan Sports 8/13/2012

It is possible Saito may not make it back to Ichi-gun until September.  Source: Sports Hochi 8/13/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Alessandro Maestri purchased a yellow glove for about fifty dollars in 2010 with the Japanese word "一生懸命" (isshokenmei - best effort) stitched onto the thumb area.  Maestri told reporters he did not know what the Japanese word until he came to Japan.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2012, Daily Sports 8/13/2012

Maestri is the first Italian pitcher to play in the NPB.  There have been Italian position players: Reno Bertoia (1964) and Steven Rum (1981-1982).  He is also the first Orix foreign pitcher to record a win in his first appearance since Jason Phillips on July 6, 2003.  Source: Sponichi 8/13/2012

Chiba Lotte Marines

Pro wrestler Yuji Nagata is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on August 28 (vs Rakuten at QVC Marine).  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2012

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Takahiro Fujioka started a Ni-gun game against the Futures on Sunday and tossed seven shutout innings.  He also gave up five hits and struck out ten.  Fujioka will likely make his next start at Ichi-gun against Nippon Ham on August 19.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2012

General News

A little more on the PL's 45,000th home run hit on Sunday night by Seibu's Jose Ortiz: the first PL home run was hit on March 11, 1950; before the start of Sunday's games, the PL was sitting on 44,997 home runs; the Central League is at 45,393.  Source: Sponichi 8/13/2012

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