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[7/18/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

by on Jul.18, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama recorded the 100th loss of his managerial career on Wednesday.

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Shohei Otani threw fifty pitches in the bullpen before Wednesday's game against Seibu.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2013

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Since moving to Hokkaido, the Fighters have finished the first-half with records under .500 three times: 37-42-1 in 2004, 37-51-2 in 2005, and 40-41-1 in 2013.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2013

Seibu Lions

The Ehime Mandarin Pirates agreed to terms with former Seibu Lion Tetsuya Iwasaki.

Source: official announcement

Softbank Hawks

With all the injuries, the Hawks could make a move to add another player to the roster before the deadline at the end of the month.

Source: Sponichi 7/18/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles announced the start of the CM3 Brave Blue Project.  The goal of the project, proposed by Casey McGehee, is to provide support and create awareness of care facilities and medical institutions for children.

On September 8 (vs Nippon Ham), the Eagles will host McGehee Day at Kleenex Stadium.  One-hundred people from care facilities and medical institutions will be invited to the game.  A Brave Blue t-shirt will go on sale on Friday (online); all proceeds will be donated.

Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

Craig Brazell likes to head to the locker room after each at bat to check on pitch patterns and his swing.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2013

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The Marines finished the first-half in second place or better for the second year in a row.  The last time they managed that was in 1970 and 1971 (does not include the period when seasons were split into two distinct halves between 1973 and 1982).

Source: Sponichi 7/18/2013

General News

The first and sixth place teams in the PL are separated by 7.5 games after the first-half.  That is the smallest gap at the break since seven games separated the first and last place teams in 1987.

Source: Sponichi 7/18/2013