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[6/16/2013] Nippon Ham, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

by on Jun.16, 2013 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama recorded the 100th managerial victory of his career today.  The win came in his 203rd game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2013

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Atsunori Inaba became the thirty-ninth player in NPB history to reach 1,000 runs scored on Saturday.  He also tied Shigeo Nagashima for seventh on the all-time doubles list with 418.

At forty years and ten months, Inaba is the oldest to reach the 1,000 runs scored milestone.

Source: Sanspo 6/16/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani took batting practice and tossed twenty-one pitches in the bullpen before today's game against Hiroshima.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2013

Otani became the first rookie drafted out of high school to bat third in an Ichi-gun game (starting line-up, not late inning replacement) since Hideki Matsui in 1993 (CL) and Kazuhiro Kiyohara in 1986 (PL).  The last in franchise history was Isao Harimoto in 1959.

Matsui batted third in twenty-five games in 1993, Kiyohara in sixteen games, and Harimoto in three games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Japan Life-Style Culture Association presented Nobuhiro Matsuda with their Best Proud Father Award in Professional Baseball (Pacific League) today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka set a new franchise record by starting the season off with a nine-game winning streak.

Source: Daily Sports 6/16/2013

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Ken Ray tossed a bullpen session in front of the coaches during pre-game practices today.  The Eagles have not yet decided if they will use Ray as a starter or reliever.

Source: Daily Sports 6/15/2013, Sponichi 6/16/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines set a new franchise record on Saturday for longest game played at five hours and forty-four minutes.  The previous record was a five hour and forty-two minute game against Seibu at Seibu Dome on July 2, 2009.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/16/2013, Daily Sports 6/16/2013, Sponichi 6/16/2013

It was also the second longest game in Inter-league history, behind a five hour and fifty-three minute Yokohama-Nippon Ham game at Sapporo Dome on June 14, 2007 (includes an eleven minute interruption).

Source: Sponichi 6/16/2013