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[6/19/2013] Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte, Orix

by on Jun.19, 2013 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Hideaki Wakui tossed situational batting practice at Seibu Dome today.  He faced twelve batters and gave up three hits and walked two.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/19/2013

Softbank Hawks

Nagisa Arakaki started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on Tuesday and scattered two hits over first five innings before allowing two runs on four hits in the 6th.  His final line: 6.0 IP, 24 BF, 89 NP, 6 H, 1 HBP, 5 SO, 2 R, 2 ER.  He also topped out at 148km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/19/2013

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Nobuhiko Matsunaka is quietly accepting all responsibility for his decision to boycott the team's Inter-league championship ceremony last Thursday.  He was suited up to play in a Ni-gun game on Tuesday, but remained on the bench for the entire game and participated in post-game activities with the other players (hi-fives on the field, bowing to the fans).  After the game, he signed autographs for about one hundred fans.  Matsunaka also visited YafuOku Dome on the 16th to apologize directly to a number of team officials, including Sadaharu Oh, for his selfish actions.  He plans to apologize to the coaches and players the moment he rejoins the Ichi-gun team.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/19/2013, Sports Hochi 6/19/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles may call Takashi Kawai up sometime this week.  Kawai could potentially become the team's lone left-handed starter, at least until Wataru Karashima (left elbow, ETA mid-July) and Takahiro Shiomi (left shoulder, ETA around August) are ready to return.  He could also be used to help bolster the bullpen from the left side -- with Norihito Kaneto hurt, there are only two lefties in the pen: Hiroshi Katayama and Jim Heuser.

FYI: All fifty-nine games the team has played this season have been started by a right-handed pitcher.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/19/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tomoya Satozaki joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at QVC Marine today.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/19/2013

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The Marines are planning to sell two-thousand 2,000-piece puzzle sets to commemorate Tadahito Iguchi's 2,000 NPB+MLB hit.  Iguchi is currently thirty-one hits away from the milestone.

Source: Daily Sports 6/19/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Yuji Maeda tossed situational batting practice at Kyocera Dome today.  He faced six batters, allowed one hit, and struck out two.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/19/2013