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[5/9/2013] Nippon Ham, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

by on May.09, 2013 @ 5:50 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

1st round draft pick Shohei Otani is scheduled to toss a bullpen session before Saturday's game against Orix.

Source: Sanspo 5/8/2013

Softbank Hawks

Wily Mo Pena was taken off the active roster today because of his struggles at the plate: 30 G, 20-for-95, 9 BB, 29 SO, .211/.303/.263.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/9/2013

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Hayato Terahara may have had a difficult time adjusting to the harder mound at Kyocera Dome during his start on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/9/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka recorded the eightieth victory of his career on Wednesday.  He is the tenth pitcher out of high school since the start of the draft to record eighty victories within the first seven years of their career (first since Yu Darvish in 2011).  At the end of seven seasons, Darvish had ninety-three victories and Daisuke Matsuzaka ninety-one victories.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/9/2013

Tanaka recorded his eightieth victory in his 154th game.  Since the start of the draft, only Koji Uehara (138 games) and Darvish (145 games) managed to record eighty victories in fewer games.

Source: Sponichi 5/9/2013

Tanaka's next start will likely come on the 14th against Yokohama at Yokohama.

Source: Sponichi 5/9/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seth Greisinger (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Yakult at QVC Marine on Wednesday and tossed six shutout innings.  He also allowed two hits, walked two, and struck out five.  Greisinger is reportedly at 100% and ready to rejoin the Ichi-gun team whenever needed.

Source: Sanspo 5/8/2013

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Pitching coach Akio Saito left the stadium before Wednesday night's game because of a fever.  Bullpen coach Kenjiro Kawasaki took over for Saito.

Source: Sponichi 5/8/2013

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