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[10/9/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Oct.09, 2013 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama would like to give Shohei Otani regular starts on six days of rest next season.

Source: Sponichi 10/9/2013

Kuriyama visited Nippon Ham offices in Tokyo today to give team owner Hiroshi Kobayashi his report on the 2013 season.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2013

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Michel Abreu left Hokkaido to return home on Tuesday.  Abreu is planning to donate some baseball equipment when he returns to Cuba in November.

Abreu signed a deal worth an estimated twenty million yen this year.  It also included an option that will raise his salary to about fifty million in 2014.  The team is expected to exercise the option.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

Seibu Lions

It was Kazuhisa Ishii's last official regular season game on Tuesday.  He handed out about 100 bottles of champagne (tens of thousands of yen per bottle) to coaches, players, and staff before the game.  He also invited a number of people to the game, including Norichika Aoki and talento Hideyuki Nakayama, and prepared special boxed lunches for them.

Source: Sponichi 10/9/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka is the sixth pitcher in NPB history to record twenty-four or more wins than losses, first since Kazuhisa Inao went 42-14 in 1961.  His three consecutive seasons of ERAs under 2.00 is third longest behind Yu Darvish's five seasons (2007-2011) and Inao's four seasons (1956-1959).

Source: Sponichi 10/9/2013