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[3/30/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

by on Mar.31, 2013 @ 1:20 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

1st round draft pick Shohei Otani is the ninth rookie out of high school to record a hit on opening day and first since Ginjiro Sumitani in 2006.  He is also the second rookie to record two hits (Kunimitsu Yanouchi in 1960); third to record a timely hit (Takao Kajimoto in 1954 and Yanouchi in 1960); and fourth to record an extra base hit (Futoshi Nakanishi in 1952, Tatsuhiko Fukazawa in 1953, and Kazuyoshi Tatsunami in 1988).

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/30/2013

Kunigami, Okinawa (spring camp location) could name a village road after Otani if he continues to do well.

Source: Sponichi 3/30/2013

Seibu Lions

Recordings featuring the manager and players will be played on the Red Arrow Stadium Express train from Ikebukuro to Sebu Dome between March 29 and July 7.

Source: Sanspo 3/30/2013

Softbank Hawks

Yuichi Honda's opening day grand slam on Friday...

...was the NPBs twentieth opening day grand slam (eighth in the PL), first since Julio Zuleta in 2007.
...was the NPBs third opening day grand slam for a player that had zero home runs during the previous season (Masato Monzen in Fall 1938 and Kozaburo Matsumoto in 1941).
...was the franchise's fifth opening day grand slam, first since Kevin Mitchell in 1995.
...was the eleventh for a player that had zero career grand slams over their career, first since Takayuki Shimizu in 2001.

The home run was also Honda's first since July 17, 2010.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/30/2013, Sponichi 3/30/2013


Keisuke Yasuda will have surgery to remove a bone fragment in his right hand on April 2.  He will require about two months for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/30/2013


1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama started a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Naruohama on Friday and was ejected after throwing a dangerous pitch partway through the 2nd inning.

Source: Sponichi 3/29/2013

Rakuten Eagles

2nd round draft pick Takahiro Norimoto became the thirteenth rookie in league history, fifth in PL history, to start an opening day game.  Of the twelve players from the past, seven recorded victories.  Two, Keiji Narita (1950) and Kunio Jonouchi (1962), took losses and three were not involved in the final decision.

Source: Sponichi 3/30/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Josh Whitesell missed Friday's game with pain in his neck and back.

Source: Sanspo 3/30/2013