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[7/17/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Jul.17, 2013 @ 6:48 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters ended the first-half under .500 for the first time since 2005.

Source: Sponichi 7/17/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Kazuo Matsui started the season with a bat that weighed about 890 grams.  He recently switched over to a heavier bat that weighs about 910 grams.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/17/2013


Masahiro Tanaka won his start against the Orix Buffaleos on Tuesday and extended his winning streak to seventeen games (from last season).  That is good for a second place tie with Mitsuhiro Adachi (seventeen victories between 1970 and 1971) on the PL all-time list.

Tanaka's scoreless inning streak ended at 42 innings and is good for fourth on the PL all-time list.

Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2013

Tanaka became the first player to record thirteen victories during the first-half of the season since Yu Darvish in 2011 (13-2).  Tanaka is the first to do it without any losses.

The NPB record for longest winning streak over one or more seasons seasons is twenty, set by Kiyoshi Matsuda (1951-1952) and Kazuhisa Inao (1957).  Takao Misonoo (1937-1938), Victor Starffin (1940), and Yoshihiro Nakada (1981-1985) are all tied for second with eighteen-game winning streaks.

Source: Sponichi 7/16/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Craig Brazell's family were not at Tuesday's game against Softbank at QVC Marine because they were out visiting Tokyo Disneyland.

Source: Sanspo 7/17/2013