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[5/3/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank

by on May.04, 2013 @ 3:19 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Micah Hoffpauir became the seventh player in NPB history and fifth in PL history -- first since Tyrone Woods in 2006 in the CL and first since Benny Agbayani in 2005 in the PL -- to hit grand slams in back-to-back games on Friday.

Source: Sanspo 5/3/2013


1st round draft pick Shohei Otani tossed ninety-one pitches in the bullpen on Friday.  He also hit an RBI double in a pinch-hit at bat against the Futures (7th inning, no out, runner on second).  He is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun team on Saturday.  In five rehab games at Ni-gun, he went 2-for-11.

Source: Sanspo 5/3/2013, Sports Hochi 5/3/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/3/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions announced the schedule for their Inter-league Old Timers Dream Match-ups.

May 20 - Osamu Higashio (Seibu) vs Masayuki Kakefu (Hanshin)
May 22 - Yutaka Ono (Hiroshima) vs Hiromichi Ishige (Seibu)
May 31 - Takehiro Ishii (Seibu) vs Takehiko Kobayakawa (Yakult)

Source: official announcement

Softbank Hawks

Wily Mo Pena received a hand-made good luck frog from a fan before Friday's game against Seibu.  Pena also has a frog sticker under the brim of his batting helmet on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/3/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/3/2013