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[5/29/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Orix

by on May.29, 2013 @ 6:28 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Tuesday's rain-out against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium means 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani still has a shot at pitching in a CL stadium before the end of Inter-league play -- the make-up game will be scheduled some time between June 17 and 20.

"Good players will naturally get their chances.  The trick is to make sure you do not let that chance slip away.  I see this rained out game as an extra game.  There is a chance [for Otani].  Pitcher batting fifth.  Everyone is looking forward to it," said Hideki Kuriyama.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2013, Sponichi 5/29/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi purchased his first car this past winter.  He has no problems driving forward, but has difficulty backing it up.

Source: Sanspo 5/29/2013

Softbank Hawks

Brian Falkenborg was taken off the active roster today with pain in the right side of his back.  According to the chief trainer, Falkenborg started feel pain in his back on Tuesday and will be examined in Fukuoka on Thursday.  What happens next will depend on the results of the tests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles collectively (and in successive at bats) hit for the cycle in the 9th inning of Tuesday's game against Hanshin -- Ginji 1B7, Kazuo Matsui 2B9, Hiroaki Shimauchi 3B78, Ryo Hijirisawa HR9.  They accomplished a similar feat on April 7, 2006 vs Lotte, but this was the first time they recorded them in order, from single to double to triple to home run.

Source: Sponichi 5/29/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Hiroshi Kisanuki's next start will likely come during an upcoming Yomiuri series that begins on June 5.  His start on Tuesday was rained out.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2013


Dae-Ho Lee had a chance to chat with Tony Blanco about hitting before the Yokohama game on the 19th.  He was surprised to learn that Blanco was using a bat that weighed 909 grams, which is about five grams lighter than his.

Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2013


The Pacific League won all five games on Tuesday.  It marked the eighth time in Inter-league history (six times by the PL and two times by the CL; first since the PL accomplished it on May 26, 2010) where one league swept a day's schedule.  Of the past eight occurrences, three have been sweeps by the league on the road: June 7, 2006 (six games, PL sweep), May 26, 2010 (five games, PL sweep), and May 28, 2013 (five games, PL sweep).

Source: Sponichi 5/29/2013