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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: August 16, 2012

by on Aug.16, 2012 @ 6:39 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

The team store at Yahoo Dome scrambled to set up a Hiroki Kokubo section on Wednesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

Tomoya Yagi was ejected from Wednesday night's game after he threw a dangerous pitch to Rakuten Eagle Ginji Akaminai in the 1st inning (second batter of the game, eighth pitch).  Yagi became the third PL player (eighth overall) ejected this season for throwing a dangerous pitch.  Source: Sports Hochi 8/15/2012

And for the fifth time in NPB history, a team that lost its starter to an ejection, for throwing a dangerous pitch, managed to record a shutout victory.  This was also the fifteenth time a starting pitcher was tossed in the 1st inning, but just the fourth time the pitcher's team also managed to win the game.  It was the first case where a pitcher was tossed in the 1st and his team recorded a shutout victory.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2012

The Fighters recorded their shutout victory on Wednesday using seven different pitchers.  The last time they used seven or more pitchers to record a shutout victory: eight pitchers on June 30, 1980.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 8/16/2012


Naoki Miyanishi appeared in his fiftieth game on Wednesday and became just the fourth player in NPB history to pitch in fifty or more games over five or more consecutive seasons, beginning in their first year.  The other three: Hitoki Iwase (thirteen seasons), Noboru Akiyama (nine seasons), and Soichi Fuijta (five seasons).  Source: Sponichi 8/16/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Kei Igawa was taken off the active roster today.  Akinobu Okada told reporters after Wednesday's game that he thought Igawa might still be having problems with his left flank.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2012

Rakuten Eagles

Ryohei Isaka started an exhibition game against Tohoku Fukushi University on Wednesday and tossed four shutout innings.  He threw a total fifty-three pitches and gave up two hits.  Source: Sports Hochi 8/16/2012

Chiba Lotte Marines

Wil Ledezma arrived at Narita Airport on Wednesday.  The team held a press conference for him at Yahoo Dome today.  Source: Sanspo 8/16/2012, Daily Sports 8/16/2012


Atsushi Kobayashi had surgery on his right rotator cuff on Wednesday and will be hospitalized for about a month.  Source: Sanspo 8/16/2012