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[9/4/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Sep.05, 2013 @ 1:19 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Shohei Otani recorded his forty-second hit of the season on Tuesday against the Softbank Hawks and moved into sole possession of first on the all-time list for hits by a rookie drafted out of high school.  Hideki Matsui was originally in fourth with forty-one hits.

Source: Sponichi 9/4/2013

The top three: Kazuhiro Kiyohara with 123 hits in 1986, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami with seventy-five in 1988, and Akihiro Higashide with fifty-three in 1999.

Source: Sponichi 9/4/2013

Softbank Hawks

Edison Barrios was taken off the active roster on Wednesday for two possible reasons: his rough start on Tuesday against the Nippon Ham Fighters (3.2 IP, 20 BF, 6 H, 3 SO, 3 BB, 1 WP, 3 R, 3 ER) and/or the team wants him to take things easy because he had right elbow surgery in June last year.

Source: Sponichi 9/4/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Bullpen coach Kenjiro Kawasaki will take over for pitching coach Akio Saito in the dugout on Wednesday and Thursday.

Source: Sanspo 9/4/2013, Sponichi 9/4/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Hiroshi Moriwaki is in the first year of a two-year deal.  The Buffaloes will not be terminating his contract early -- team president Hiroaki Nishina formally requested his return next season and Morikawi accepted.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/4/2013, Daily Sports 9/4/2013, Sponichi 9/4/2013