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[6/26/2013] Nippon Ham, Rakuten, Orix

by on Jun.26, 2013 @ 6:10 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

1st round draft pick Shohei Otani threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 6/26/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Since the birth of his son on the 12th, Ginji has gone 15-for-33 at the plate.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/26/2013


Hisashi Iwakuma set the franchise speed record by winning ten games in the team's sixty-fourth game in 2008.  Masahiro Tanaka one-upped Iwakuma's franchise record on Tuesday by notching his tenth victory in the team's sixty-third game of the season.

Source: Sanspo 6/26/2013

Tanaka made his start against Seibu on eight days of rest.  He could have gone on six days of rest against Softbank, but after talking things over with Senichi Hoshino, they decided to give the shoulder a little more rest, especially after he made a number of starts on five days of rest during Inter-league play.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/26/2013

Tanaka is the first pitcher in Pacific League history to record ERAs under 0.30 in one month (thirty or more innings) twice in his career: 0.28 ERA in June 2011 (one earned run over 32.0 innings) and 0.28 ERA in June 2013 (one earned run over 32.0 innings).

Source: Sponichi 6/26/2013

Orix Buffaloes

On Tuesday, Chihiro Kaneko became the first pitcher in the NPB to reach the 100 innings pitched milestone this season.