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[9/19/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Sep.20, 2013 @ 3:35 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters were mathematically eliminated from a first place finish with their loss on Thursday night.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2013

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Yuki Saito threw fifty-three pitches in the bullpen at Kamagaya on Wednesday in preparation for his next Ni-gun start on the 20th against Lotte.  He is scheduled to throw about one-hundred pitches.

CS GAORA's broadcast of the game will begin at 12:55pm.

Source: Sponichi 9/19/2013

Saito could get one more start at Ni-gun.  The 27th or 28th against Yokohama seems likely.  If he pitches well in both games, he could be called up in October.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2013

Softbank Hawks

Kenta Imamiya set a new franchise record with his fifty-fourth sac hit of the year on Thursday night.  The previous record of fifty-three was set by Yuichi Honda in 2011.

Source: Sanspo 9/19/2013

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The Hawks came back from a six-run deficit to beat the Rakuten Eagles 11-10 on Wednesday night.  The last time they overcame a six-run deficit was on September 14, 2003 against Orix.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Kazuo Matsui became the thirty-eighth player in NPB history to reach the 350 double milestone on Wednesday night.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2013

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The Eagles lost a game on Wednesday in which they had a six-run lead.  The last time they lost a game after putting together a six-run lead was on April 8, 2008 vs Nippon Ham.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines are not planning to terminate Tsutomu Ito's contract early.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2013