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[4/26/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Apr.27, 2014 @ 2:57 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui could get a Ni-gun start on the 30th against Seibu on six days of rest.  If not the 30th, then most likely May 4 against Yokohama on ten days of rest, at the very latest. Source: Sports Hochi 4/26/2014 ... Ni-gun manager Hiromoto Okubo feels Matsui needs to strengthen his lower body to improve his overall balance. Source: Sponichi 4/26/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takayuki Kishi checked in with Softbank's Nobuhiko Matsunaka during pre-game practice on Saturday after hitting the veteran in the right knee with a pitch during Friday's game. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko recorded the second one-hit shutout of his career on Friday.  He joined Mitsuhiko Ishida (1936 fall, 1939), Yoshio Tenpo (1944, 1948), Hachiro Abe (three times in 1950), and Tetsuya Yoneda (one in 1967, twice in 1968) as the only players in franchise history to accomplish the feat two or more times over their career. Source: Sanspo 4/26/2014 ... Kaneko set a new Pacific League record for strikeouts in a one-hit shutout with fourteen.  The previous record of twelve was set by Tsutomu Iwamoto (1996), Kimiyasu Kudo (1999), and Kazumi Saito (2006).  The NPB record of sixteen was set by Shigeki Noguchi in 2001. Source: Sponichi 4/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hiroshi Kisanuki started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri at Kamagaya on Saturday.  He pitched five innings and gave up six runs (three earned) on eight hits.  The six runs all scored on home runs: two solo home runs and a two-run home run in the 1st inning and a two-run home run in the 4th. Source: Sports Hochi 4/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2014
  • Hideki Kuriyama turned fifty-three on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 4/26/2014