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[5/13/2013] Seibu, Softbank, Lotte, Orix

by on May.13, 2013 @ 11:26 pm, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Tatsuyuki Uemoto was demoted to Ni-gun for additional work.  Shingo Takeyama will be called up.

Source: Sanspo 5/13/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks are expected to add Sho Iwasaki to the active roster on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines will likely start Yuji Nishino and Seth Greisinger against the Yomiuri Giants (May 14-15).

Source: Daily Sports 5/13/2013, Daily Sports 5/13/2013

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4th round draft pick Shohei Kato is:

...the fifty-fourth player in NPB history (first in the NPB since Jose Lopez on March 29 and first in franchise history since Hisao Heiuchi on April 8, 2002) to record a home run in his first trip to the plate.

...the seventh player in NPB history (first since Shogo Mori on May 1, 2001) to record a home run on the first pitch he saw in his first trip to the plate.

...the second rookie in NPB history to record a home run on the first pitch he saw in his first trip to the plate.  The other was Morimichi Shiose on May 11, 1950.

...the third rookie in NPB history to record a modasho that also included a home run in the first game of his career.  The other two were Norihiro Komada on April 10, 1983 and Atsunori Inaba on June 21, 1995.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes will likely start Brandon Dickson and Takahiro Matsuba against the Hanshin Tigers (May 14-15).

Source: Daily Sports 5/13/2013

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The Buffaloes announced today that a student from Osaka Geijutsu University will offer commentary for a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Tondabayashi Buffaloes Stadium on July 14.  The new logo for the stadium was also unveiled.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/13/2013, Daily Sports 5/13/2013