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[7/5/2013] Nippon Ham, Rakuten

by on Jul.05, 2013 @ 7:07 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Masaru Nakamura joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts today.  He will most likely start Sunday's (July 7) game against Orix at Sapporo Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani became the first Nippon Ham rookie drafted out of high school to start their rookie year with a 2-0 record since Yu Darvish in 2005.  Yukio Ozaki set the franchise record in 1962 by starting his rookie year off with a six-game winning streak.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2013

With runners in scoring position, batters are so far 3-for-24 against Otani.

Source: Sponichi 7/5/2013

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With Shota Oba on the mound in the 8th inning, Keiji Obiki took an HBP off his left arm.  Obiki was not happy -- he had twice been hit in the head by Oba (7/30/2009 and 9/19/2011) -- and got both benches to clear as he started walking toward the mound.

Source: Sanspo 7/5/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/5/2013, Sponichi 7/5/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles moved into a first place tie on Thursday.  The team managed to make it into first after the month of June for the first time in franchise history -- their previous best was May 13, 2009.

They also recorded their fortieth win in their seventieth game of the season.  That is faster than the previous franchise mark of eighty games, set in 2012.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2013, Sponichi 7/5/2013

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Andruw Jones is using a bat made of yellow birch.

Source: Sanspo 7/5/2013