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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Seibu: August 20, 2012

by on Aug.20, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Since the two league format: Shota Takeda became one of nine rookie pitchers out of high school in NPB history to begin their careers with a four-(or more)-game winning streak.  He also joined Masaaki Koyama (1953) and Tsuneo Horiuchi (1966) as the only rookie pitchers out of high school that recorded all four victories as starters.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2012

Since the start of the draft: one of five rookie pitchers out of high school to begin their careers with a four-(or more)-game winning streak and one of two rookie pitchers that recorded all four of the wins as starters.  Source: Sponichi 8/20/2012

Takeda was taken off the active roster today in order to give him a breath.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters announced that actor Shoichi Fukui and ski jumper Sara Takanishi will throw out the ceremonial first pitches on August 21 and August 22, respectively (vs Orix at Asahikawa).  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2012

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Yuki Saito will likely get another Ni-gu tune-up start against the Yakult Swallows at Kamagaya on either August 25 or 26.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2012

Seibu Lions

The Lions were nine games under .500 on June 4.  They were eleven games out of first on June 7.  On Sunday, the moved into a first place tie with the Nippon Ham Fighters and marked the fourteenth time a team managed to overcome a double-digit game difference (eighth for teams that managed an eleven or more game difference).  They are also one of five teams that managed to make it into first despite falling nine or more games under .500 at some point during the season.  The other four: the 1969 Kintetsu (nine games under), the 1992 Yomiuri (twelve games under), the 1994 Kintetsu (fifteen games under), and the 2007 Hanshin (nine games under).  None of the previous four actually managed to finish the season in first.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2012