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[3/29/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Mar.30, 2014 @ 3:33 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yudai Mori pitched in a Ni-gun practice game against Shichiju-Shichi Ginko (Industrial League) on Thursday.  He pitched four innings in relief and did not allow any runs.  He did give up two hits.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/28/2014 ... He will most likely make his first start of the regular season on April 3 against Orix at kobo Stadium.  Source: Sponichi 3/28/2014
  • Takahiro Norimoto set a new franchise record by winning an opening day game at twenty-three years and three months.  The previous record of twenty-three years and eleven months was set by Hisashi Iwakuma in 2005.  Source: Sanspo 3/29/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • 5th round draft pick Seiya Inoue batted clean-up on opening day on Friday.  He became the eighth rookie to make the opening day starting line-up as a clean-up hitter since the start of the two-league format, first since Taketoshi Goto with Seibu in 2003.  Source: Sponichi 3/29/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa became the sixth player in franchise history to record four hits on opening day, first since Kenji Jojima in 2003.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/29/2014
  • Tadashi Settsu set a new franchise record by winning opening day starts in three consecutive seasons.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/29/2014
  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka performs "rituals" before opening day games: he sleeps with his bat the night before and eats sekihan (sticky steamed rice with azuki beans) and tai (snapper fish) after waking up on the day of.  He also sprinkles special salt in the dugout and batter's box and places morijio (pyramid of salt) in the front corner of the dugout.  Source: Sponichi 3/29/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani collected two hits on opening day on Friday and became the first second-year player out of high school to record two or more hits in the two opening day games he has played in his career. Source: Sports Hochi 3/29/2014
  • Eiichi Koyano became the fourth player in franchise history to record a walk-off hit on opening day.  The other three: Shunzo Aono in 1962, Makoto Shimada in 1980, and Terushi Nakajima in 1989.  Source: Sponichi 3/29/2014