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[10/30/2013] Nippon Series News and Notes

by on Oct.31, 2013 @ 3:14 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

2,632 fans watched Game 4 on the big screen at Kleenex Stadium on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2013

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Sho Miyaguni was tossed for throwing a dangerous pitch during Game 4 and joined Kazuhito Tadano (Game 5, 2012) as the only players to get ejected for throwing dangerous pitches during the Nippon Series.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2013

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Hisayoshi Chono hit a liner back to the mound in the 8th that struck Kenny Ray in the shoulder.  He was apparently fine since he gave coaches the thumbs up and remained in the game.  Ray also continues to wear the face guard since the fracture in his right cheekbone has not yet fully healed (he did take it off for his at bat in the 7th).

Source: Sponichi 10/30/2013

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Manabu Mima was removed from Tuesday's game after Shinnosuke Abe hit a come-backer that hit off his right foot in the 6th.  While he was unable to continue pitching on Tuesday, it seems the foot is not in bad condition.

The Eagles are the tenth team in Nippon Series history to have three pitchers start games and go five or more innings while allowing two or fewer runs.  They are just the fourth team to accomplish the feat with three pitchers that had no Nippon Series experience.  The other three teams: the 1951 Giants, the 1954 Dragons, and the 2005 Marines.  All three teams went on to win the Nippon Series.

Source: Sponichi 10/30/2013

A hospital examination after Tuesday's game did not reveal any damage to the bones.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10//30/2013

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At forty-three years and eight months, Takashi Saito set a new record on Tuesday night for oldest PL pitcher to appear in a Nippon Series game.  The previous record of forty-two years and eight months was set by Tadashi Wakabayashi in 1950.  The NPB record of forty-five years and two months was set by CL pitcher Masahiro Yamamoto in 2010.

It was also Saito's first Nippon Series game in fifteen years.  That matched the NPB record for years in between Nippon Series appearances set by Kazuhide Funada in 1978 and broke the record of fourteen years for NPB pitchers, set by Hiroshi Nagadomi in 2000.

Source: Sponichi 10/30/2013

TV Ratings

Ratings from Tuesday's Game 3 -

Sendai Region: average - 32.6%, peak - 43.7%
Kaneto Region: average - 16.3%, peak - 25.3%

Source: Sponichi 10/30/2013