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[6/14/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Jun.14, 2013 @ 10:37 pm, under NPB

Hiroshi Kisanuki recorded the fifth shutout of his career on Thursday.  It was also the second shutout in which he threw fewer than 100 pitches -- ninety-five pitches against Rakuten on April 8, 2012 and ninety-one pitches against Hanshin on June 13, 2013.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2013

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Sho Nakata recorded his fifteenth home run of the season in his fifty-seventh game on Thursday.  It took hims 126 games in 2011 and 108 games 2012 to reach that same total.

Nakata also blasted two home runs on Thursday, one to right in the 2nd and one to left in the 8th.  For Nakata, it was his seventh multi-homer game of his career and the first in which he hit one to left and one to right.

Inter-league home run totals from 2009: zero, zero, four, five, and six.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2013

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Yuki Saito tossed batting practice on Thursday.  He faced two hitters, threw forty-four pitches, and allowed four could be hits.  Assuming no problems, he will toss another BP session on the 16th.  If everything is fine after that, he will pitch about three innings in a Ni-gun game against the Futures on the 22nd.

Source: Sanspo 6/14/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/14/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani is currently slated to make his next start on the 18th against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium.

Source: Daily Sports 6/14/2013

Otani threw eighty-one pitches during full-squad practices at Sapporo Dome today.  He threw all his pitches, other than the fork and cutter, and focused on his curve.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2013

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The Fighters donated a box of baseball equipment to the Burkina Faso Baseball Federation on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2013