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[4/24/2014] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 11:40 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Koji Akiyama took some batting practice at YafuOku Dome on Thursday.  He swung the bat forty-four times and hit one over the fence. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014
  • The Hawks allowed five home runs on Wednesday for the first time since a game against Lotte on May 13, 2009 (Tadahito Iguchi, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Naotaka Takehara, Benny Agbayani, and Kazuya Fukuura, all off Kenji Otonari). ... Hayato Terahara's next start will most likely come on the 30th against Orix at Kyocera Dome.  He could get pushed out of the rotation if he has another bad outing. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Kazunao Yamamoto joined the Ichi-gun team for practice at Hotto Motto on Thursday.  He is expected to make the active roster on Friday.  Takuya Shimada was taken off the active roster on Wednesday to make room. Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014
  • Sawai Seiyaku will be a sponsor for a game against Hanshin on May 21. Source: official announcement, official announce (Sawai)

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Anthony Carter could pitch in his first Ni-gun game on the 25th against Yomiuri.  He threw forty pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014
  • Yuki Saito is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri at Kamagaya on the 27th.  He is planning to toss a bullpen session on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014
  • Hideki Kuriyama went with 2nd round draft pick Hiroshi Urano over Naoyuki Uwasawa on Wednesday because he wanted a starter with experience at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014
  • Five players hit home runs in Wednesday's game against the Softbank Hawks (Shohei Otani, Haruki Nishikawa, Keiji Obiki, Kenji Sato, and Juan Miranda) .  The last time the Fighters hit five in one game was on April 14, 2013 against Orix.  The last time five different Fighters went yard in the same game was on August 4, 2006 against Seibu (Michihiro Ogasawara, Makoto Kaneko, Kensuke Tanaka, Atsunori Inaba, and Hichori Morimoto). ... Nine home runs were hit during Wednesday's game.  The last game game to feature at least nine home runs was between Yomiuri (eight) and Hiroshima (one) on June 29, 2010.  The last Pacific League game was on August 13, 2005 between Lotte (seven) and Orix (four).  The NPB record for home runs in a game is thirteen, set on April 26, 1949 by Daiei (eight) and Kyojin (five); and October 3, 1980 by Lotte (nine) and Kintetsu (four).  Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014, Sponichi 4/24/2014
  • Otani recorded three victories and three home runs in his first year.  He has two wins and one home run so far this year.  He is the first pitcher to record at least one win and one home run in each of his first two seasons since Kenshin Kawakami in 1998 and 1999.  He also joined Masaichi Kaneda (eleven years, 1950-1960), Takao Kajimoto (two years, 1954-1955), Masaaki Ikenaga (five years, 1965-1969), and Tsuneo Horiuchi (nine years, 1966-1974) as the only players out of high school since the start of the two leagues to record two or more consecutive seasons of at least one win and one home run, beginning with their first year. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014