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[10/22/2013] Climax Series/Nippon Series: Rakuten Eagles

by on Oct.23, 2013 @ 2:26 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara is not planning on making any major changes to the starting line-up for the Nippon Series.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The team had the day off on Tuesday.  That did not stop Masahiro Tanaka from showing up at Kleenex Stadium for some light workouts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2013


The first three games of the Nippon Series could go Tanaka, Takahiro Norimoto, and Manabu Mima.  The Eagles could also push Norimoto back to Game 3 if they feel he needs a little more rest.  Wataru Karashima, Brandon Duckworth, and Jim Heuser are among the candidates to start Game 4.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2013


At forty-three years and eight months, Takashi Saito joined Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (forty years and five months during the 2008 Climax Series) and Tadashi Wakabayashi (forty-two years and eight months during the 1950 Nippon Series) as the only players over forty to pitch in the postseason.  Saito is the oldest of the three.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013, Sanspo 10/22/2013, Sponichi 10/22/2013


Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee each hit home runs on Monday.  They were the tenth pair of foreign players to hit home runs in the same game during the postseason, first since Seung-Yeop Lee and Alex Ramirez during the 2008 Climax Series.

Source: Sponichi 10/22/2013


The Eagles did not celebrate their victory on Monday with a champagne/beer fight.  Instead, staff and players wore t-shirts with the words "1st time champions" on the front and held a toast (fifty bottles of champagne were prepared).

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013, Sponichi 10/22/2013


Kenny Ray took a line drive off his right cheekbone during a game against Lotte on September 11 and suffered a fracture.  The black face guard he wore on Monday was there to protect the cheekbone.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013


TV Ratings for Game 4:

Sendai region: 18.5%
Kanto region: 8.8%

Source: Sponichi 10/22/2013