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[5/14/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on May.15, 2014 @ 12:19 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui threw twenty-five pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to add Ernesto Mejia to the active roster on Thursday.  He could make the starting line-up as a designated hitter batting fifth. He was originally slated to join the Ichi-gun team on the 17th, but the coaches decided to speed things up because Naomichi Umeda is out with pain in his right side. Source: Sports Hochi 5/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/14/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuki Nishi is the sixth pitcher in the NPB to start the season with seven victories in seven starts, first since Masahiro Tanaka in 2009.  The NPB record of eleven wins in eleven starts from the beginning of the season was set by Choji Murata in 1985. Source: Sanspo 5/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Wednesday.  He gave up four runs on four hits over five innings of work.  Three runs scored on a home run by Shigeo Yanagida in the 4th. Source: Tokyo Sports 5/14/2014
  • At nineteen years and ten months, Shohei Otani is the first Nippon Ham pitcher under twenty to record a shutout victory since Tatsuo Kinoshita (nineteen years and six month on May 19, 2007 against Softbank) and Mitsuo Yoshikawa (nineteen years and three months on July 12, 2007 against Orix).  He is also the first pitcher in franchise history to record a shutout victory in Hakodate since Yasuo Yonekawa on July 12, 1953. Source: Sanspo 5/14/2014 ... Otani is the first pitcher/position player to record a shutout victory since Yakult's Yoshiaki Toyama.  Otani has played in eighteen games as a position player and six as a pitcher.  Toyama played in forty-one games as a position player, thirty-three games as a pitcher, and tossed two shutout victories (June 18 vs Hanshin and July 29 vs Chunichi) in 1971. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2014 ... Otani became the first pitcher in the NPB to top 158km/h and record a shutout victory in the same game. Source: Sports Hochi 5/14/2014 ... Otani is the first pitcher to hit a home run and toss a shutout victory before turning twenty since Masumi Kuwata in 1987.  Two Fighters have accomplish the feat in the past: Ikuo Fukushima in 1956 and Toshiaki Moriyasu in 1955. Source: Sponichi 5/14/2014