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[5/5/2013] Nipppon Ham, Softbank, Rakuten

by on May.05, 2013 @ 2:37 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata became the first Fighter since Shinji Takahashi (now with Orix) in 2009 to record three or more hits in three consecutive games on Saturday.  The franchise record of four was set by Michihiro Ogasawara (now with Yomiuri) in 2000.

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

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Brian Wolfe was not feeling well on Saturday and left his start against Seibu in the middle of the 3rd inning.  The team will see how he does over the next couple of days before deciding what steps, if any, to take.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani did not make the starting line-up today because he threw thirty-six pitches in the bullpen before the start of today's game against Seibu.

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

Softbank Hawks

Masahiko Morifuku will get a chance to make the first Ichi-gun start of his career on the 6th against Lotte at YafuOku Dome -- the Hawks needed a temporary starter with Kenji Otonari missing his next start with lower back tightness.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2013, Sponichi 5/5/2013, Daily Sports 5/5/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Kazuo Matsui recorded his 158th modasho on Saturday (modasho = three hits or more in a game).

Source: Sponichi 5/5/2013