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[6/10/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

by on Jun.10, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

1st round draft pick Shohei Otani is scheduled to throw about 110 pitches during his Ni-gum start against Yomiuri on the 11th.

Source: Sponichi 6/10/2013

Otani is the first player in the NPB to record ten or more doubles in his rookie season since Kazuyoshi Tatsunami hit fifteen in 1988 and the first in the PL since Kazuhiro Kiyohara hit eighteen in 1986.  The NPB record of twenty-four was set by Kihachi Enomoto in 1955.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2013, Daily Sports 6/10/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi threw fifty-two pitches in the bullpen today in preparation for his next start on the 12th against Chunichi.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2013

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1st round draft pick Tatsushi Masuda worked out with Ichi-gun pitchers today and threw thirty-seven pitches in the bullpen.  He will practice with the Ichi-gun team again on Tuesday and could be added to the active roster depending on how well things go.

Source: Sanspo 6/10/2013

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Voice actresses Kaori Fukuhara and Emiri Kato are scheduled to participate in the ceremonial first pitch on June 23 (vs Orix at Seibu Dome).

Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 6/10/2013

Softbank Hawks

According to the New York Times, the Hawks were interested in Alex Rodriguez last winter.

Source: NY Times 6/9/2013

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Masahiko Morifuku was taken off the active roster today because he has not been pitching well.  Brian Falkenborg will most likely be called up.

Source: Sponichi 6/10/2013

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The Hawks might consider giving another pitcher a look at closer after Sho Iwasaki gave up two runs over an inning of work on the 8th.  Iwasaki did follow up that outing with a shutout inning on the 9th.

If the Hawks decide to make a change, candidates could include Kodai Senga and Ryota Igarashi.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka set a new franchise record on Sunday by starting the season with an eight-game winning streak.  The previous record of seven was set by Tanaka and Kazuo Fukumori in 2009.  Tanaka also tied the franchise record for winning streaks at any point during the season, set twice by Hisashi Iwakuma in 2008.

Tanaka improved to 20-6 during Inter-league play.

Source: Sponichi 6/10/2013

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Toshiya Nakashima hit the ninth home run of his career off Tetsuya Utsumi on Sunday.  He also hit his first career home run off Utsumi on May 28, 2008.

Source: Sponichi 6/10/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Orion Beer girl Emi Nashiro is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on the 15th (vs Chunichi).  Former pro boxer Yoko Gushiken will stand in the batter's box.

Source: Daily Sports 6/10/2013