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[5/2/2013] Nippon Ham, Rakuten, Orix

by on May.02, 2013 @ 6:32 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

1st round draft pick Shohei Otani is scheduled to toss a bullpen session on Friday before getting a pinch-hit at bat during a Futures game at Kamagaya.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/2/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Motohiro Shima became the first player to hit a home run into the E-Wing during a regular season game on April 5 vs Lotte.  The home run plate that marks the area where the ball landed was unveiled today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/2/2013

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Takashi Saito gave up a run on one hit over an inning of work during a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on Wednesday and topped out at 146km/h.  He made the appearance on two days of rest.  The Eagles will test him on consecutive days, perhaps on the 4th and 5th against Ni-gun Yakult.  He could be called up to the parent club some time after the Golden Week break.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/2/2013

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Masahiro Tanaka recorded his thirty-fourth double-digit strikeout game on Wednesday against Nippon Ham.  Breakdown based on team: Nippon Ham (ten), Softbank (eight), Orix (five), Seibu (four), Lotte (four), Yomiuri (one), Hanshin (one), Yakult (one).

Source: Sponichi 5/2/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Kei Igawa tossed a 4-0 shutout against the Ni-gun Hiroshima Carp on Wednesday.  He threw 129 pitches, allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out three.

Source: Sponichi 5/2/2013