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[5/7/2013] Nippon Ham, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte, Orix

by on May.07, 2013 @ 5:58 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

1st round draft pick Shohei Otani started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri today and gave up a run (unearned) over an inning of work.  He did not allow any hits, walked one, and topped out at 151km/h.

He was originally supposed to pitch two innings, but the outing was cut short because he had a problem with his right middle fingernail.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/7/2013


Yohei Kagiya was taken off the active roster today because he is no longer needed at Ichi-gun.

Source: Sanspo 5/7/2013


Brian Wolfe is scheduled to undergo a full examination within the next couple of days to see what is causing his headaches and dizzy spells.  He did undergo some tests on Sunday that came back negative.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/7/2013

Softbank Hawks

Kazuyuki Hoashi threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen at YafuOku Dome today.  There is a good chance he will start Thursday's game against Orix at Hotto Motto Kobe.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/7/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Takashi Saito joined Masanori Murakami (1966, relief), Hideki Irabu (2003, start), Shingo Takatsu (2006, relief), Tomokazu Oka (2010, start), and Kenshin Kawakami (2012, start) as the only pitchers in NPB history to record a victory in their first Ichi-gun appearance after returning to Japan from the Majors.

At forty-three years and two months, he joined Shinji Hamazaki, Kimiyasu Kudo, Masahiro Yamamoto, and Satoru Komiyama as pitchers that recorded victories at forty-three or older and set a new franchise record (the previous record of thirty-nine years and eight months was held by Toyohiko Yoshida in 2006).

Source: Sponichi 5/7/2013


Kazuo Matsui blasted the second grand slam of his career on Monday and set a new record for numbers of years in between grand slams: thirteen years (July 8, 2000 and May 6, 2013).  The previous record of twelve years was held by Masato Monzen, Tatsuhiko Kimata, and Takumi Ejima.

Source: Sponichi 5/7/2013


Senichi Hoshino recorded his 1,067th managerial victory on Monday and moved into sole possession of tenth place on the all-time list.

Hoshino is now 1,067-943-50.

Source: Sponichi 5/7/2013, Daily Sports 5/7/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines and Seibu Lions announced the start of the Saitama vs Chiba Rival Series.

July 5-6 Chiba vs Seibu at Seibu Dome
September 6-8 Seibu vs Chiba at QVC Marine

The Seibu Lions will wear their Saitama alternate uniforms while the Chiba Lotte Marines will wear their Chiba alternate uniforms.

Source: official announcement (Lotte), official announcement (Seibu)

Orix Buffaloes

Yoshio Itoi is scheduled to get his right knee examined today.

Source: Sponichi 5/7/2013