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[9/27/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Orix Buffaloes

by on Sep.27, 2013 @ 11:45 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama told reporters today that he plans to give Yuki Saito an Ichi-gun start on October 2 against Orix at Sapporo Dome.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2013

Saito started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama today and tossed two shutout innings while allowing a hit.  He did not walk or hit a batter.  He threw twenty pitches.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2013

1st inning - G4, F4, G3.  2nd inning - 1B5, G4, F8, G6.

Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2013


Shohei Otani will most likely get one last start on October 4 vs Softbank at Sapporo Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2013


Naoki Miyanishi set a new Pacific League record on Thursday by notching eleven holds in eleven games (August 23 - September 26).  The previous record of ten was held by two players: Shintaro Yoshitake in 2005 (June 10 - July 13) and Yoshihisa Hirano in 2011 (August 14 - September 8).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2013

Softbank Hawks

Yuya Hasegawa recorded his 190th hit of the season on Thursday and tied the franchise record set by Munenori Kawasaki in 2010.  He also set a new franchise record with his twenty-first modasho of the year -- he started the day tied with Yoshinori Hirose.

Source: Sponichi 9/26/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles are planning to ask Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee to return next season.  The request could be made even before the end of the regular season.

Rakuten will likely use the postseason to help them decide what to do with the other foreign players on the roster, like Jim Heuser and Brandon Duckworth.

Source: Sponichi 9/26/2013

Orix Buffaloes

On Thursday, the Buffaloes finished off their first three-game series sweep since 2011 (vs Nippon Ham between September 23 and 25).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2013