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[4/6/2013] Nippon Ham, Softbank, Rakuten, Orix

by on Apr.06, 2013 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Through Friday, 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani was 3-for-3 when making contact within the first two pitches and 0-for-7 after that.

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2013

Softbank Hawks

Wily Mo Pena was left out of the starting line-up today with pain in his left wrist.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/6/2013


Tadashi Settsu won his start on Friday and is now 10-0 in twelve starts since his last loss on July 25, 2012 (vs Nippon Ham).

Rakuten Eagles

2nd round draft pick Takahiro Norimoto recorded his first pro victory on Friday in his second start of the season.  He is the third rookie in franchise history to record his first victory before the end of April.  The other two pitchers: Satoshi Nagai on April 17, 2007 vs Softbank and Masahiro Tanaka on April 18, 2007 vs Softbank.

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2013


Motohiro Shima became the first player to hit a home run into the new E-Wing seats on Friday.  The Eagles plan to install a commemorative plate near the area where the ball landed.

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2013, Nikkan Sports 4/6/2013


Every position player that made it into the batting order on Friday night recorded at least one run.  The Eagles became the tenth team in PL history to achieve that feat, first since Kintetsu on April 16, 2003 vs Seibu.

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2013


The Eagles announced that April 14 will be Andruw Jones Bobblehead Day at Kleenex Stadium.  Fan club members and season ticket holders (first 5,000) will get a free bobblehead.

Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

Yoshio Itoi accidentally signed some autographs after Friday's game with the number nine (Samurai Japan) instead of the number seven (Orix).

Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2013