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[6/1/2013] Nippon Ham, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

by on Jun.01, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Atsunori Inaba started feeling tightness in his left hamstring while playing defense in the 4th inning of Friday's game against Chunichi.  He was pulled from the game after the 5th.  He was not in the starting line-up today but was available as a pinch-hitter.

Source: Sanspo 6/1/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/1/2013

Softbank Hawks

Kenji Otonari was taken off the active roster today with lower back pain.  Nagisa Arakaki will most likely be called up at some point to take Otonari's spot on the active roster.

Otonari first felt discomfort in his lower back during a game against Lotte on April 29 and was taken off the active roster on May 3.  He spent a couple of weeks rehabbing at Ni-gun and had just made it back to the active roster on the 23rd.

Source: Sponichi 6/1/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Kazuo Matsui recorded his thirty-first (twenty-two NPB, nine MLB) lead-off home run on Friday.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/1/2013, Daily Sports 6/1/2013, Sponichi 6/1/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

When Yoshihisa Naruse struck out Yomiuri Giant Takayuki Terauchi in the 3rd inning, he became the 134th pitcher in NPB history to reach the 1,000 strikeout milestone.

Naruse's first strikeout victim was Takuro Ishii  on May 17, 2006.

Source: Daily Sports 6/1/2013

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Through Friday, the Marines are 20-3-1 when they are the first team to score.  They are a perfect 7-0-0 when they score two or more.

On Friday, they recorded thirty victories in the team's first fifty games for the tenth time in franchise history.

Source: Sponichi 6/1/2013