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[9/16/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Sep.16, 2013 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Atsunori Inaba and Yuji Iiyama started playing catch in the bullpen around the 10th inning of Sunday's game against Softbank in case they were needed to pitch.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2013

Softbank Hawks

Yuya Hasegawa recorded his twentieth modasho on Sunday and tied the franchise record set by Yoshinori Hirose in 1964.  He also set a new franchise record with his fifty-seventh multi-hit game of the year.  The previous record of fifty-six was set by Munenori Kawasaki in 2010.

Source: Sponichi 9/16/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles are hosting Gambaro Tokoku Day on October 3.  Actress Mio Yuki will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.  Singer Muneyuki Sato and comedy group Sandwichman are also scheduled to make appearances.

Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2013, official announcement


Masahiro Tanaka might get four starts before the end of the season instead of three because yesterday's and today's canceled games will most likely be added to the schedule on or after October 9.  That means he might have a shot at picking up the 100th win of his career before the end of the season.  If he does manage to reach 100 this season, it would be in his 175th game, second only to Victor Starffin's 100 wins in 165 games.

Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2013, Sanspo 9/16/2013


Hiroaki Yamamoto's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,870 grams, on the 12th.

Source: official announcement


Takahiro Norimoto threw about seventy pitches in the bullpen after today's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines was canceled.

Source: Sponichi 9/15/2013


Uniforms belonging to Darrell Rasner (right elbow) and Hiroaki Shimauchi (left shoulder) were put up in the dugout before Saturday's game against the Orix Buffaloes.

Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Daichi Suzuki hit a sac fly to center in the 7th inning of Saturday's game against the Seibu Lions that scored two runs (bases loaded, one out, scored G.G. Sato and Katsuya Kakunaka).  It was the first time a hitter recorded two RBI on a sac fly since Hiroki Kokubo on April 28, 1995 (bases loaded, no out, sac fly to right, score Kevin Reimer and Kazunori Yamamoto).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/15/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes would like Brandon Dickson and Alex Maestri to return next season.  They are also doing their best to keep Dae-Ho Lee and Aarom Baldiris in Orix uniforms.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/15/2013