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[4/30/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Lotte

by on Apr.30, 2013 @ 8:41 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

On Monday, Masaru Nakamura became the sixth starter (seventh occasion since Shota Oba accomplished it twice) in NPB history to be ejected from a game after throwing a dangerous pitch to the second batter he faced.  Seven relievers have been ejected from games after throwing just one pitch, but only three starters have been tossed after throwing just six pitches: Masaki Saito on July 1, 1994; Oba on September 19, 2011; and Nakamura on April 29, 2013.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/30/2013

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Atsunori Inaba played in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Monday.  He was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 2-for-4: solo homer in the 5th, single to left in the 7th.

"I feel like I am beginning to see a little light up ahead. ... I got my timing down and swung the bat well for that hit [in the 7th].  It was in the at bat after the home run and I was able to hit a pitch over the shortstop's head by avoiding a big swing and keeping things compact," said Inaba.

Source: Daily Sports 4/29/2013, Sanspo 4/29/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani is scheduled to toss about fifty pitches to a squatting catcher before today's Ni-gun game against Lotte at Kamagaya.

Source: Daily Sports 4/29/2013

Otani is slated to toss another bullpen session on the 3rd before pitching in a Ni-gun series against Yomiuri that begins on May 6.  Assuming no problems, he could return to the active roster as a position player on May 4 (vs Seibu at Seibu Dome).

Source: Sponichi 4/29/2013

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Atsushi Kita's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 3,100 grams, at 5:03pm on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/29/2013, Sanspo 4/30/2013

Seibu Lions

Shogo Akiyama exchanged bats with Yoshio Itoi (Orix) during the Cuba exhibition series last November (Itoi's bat is about twenty grams heavier and is weighted toward the barrel).  After practicing with the new bat during the winter, Akiyama reportedly saw an improvement in his swing (quicker swing, more accuracy).

Source: Sponichi 4/29/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yuji Yoshimi will likely be demoted after he lasted fewer than five innings in his second start in a row.

Source: Daily Sports 4/29/2013