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[5/15/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on May.16, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yudai Mori was taken off the active roster on Thursday after lasting just two plus innings in his start against Orix on Wednesday -- he was pulled after walking the first two batters he faced in the 3rd.  His final line: 2 IP, 15 BF, 72 NP, 5 H, 5 SO, 4 BB, 4 R, 3 ER.  He threw thirty-three pitches in the 1st, twenty-nine in the 2nd, and ten in the 3rd.  Senichi Hoshino was not happy with Mori's performance and told the youngster to hit the bullpen for extra throwing after he returned to the dugout. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2014, Sponichi 5/15/2014
  • If 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui is going to make it back to the active roster in time for the Inter-league Hanshin series at Koshien Stadium (June 21, 22), he will most likely get at least three tune-up starts at Ni-gun.  He has been pitching out of he bullpen, but could move to the starting rotation before the end of the month.  Working backwards from a possible Ichi-gun start on June 21, with six days of rest in between starts, could mean Ni-gun starts on May 31, June 7, and 14. Source: Sports Hochi 5/15/2014 ... Matsui pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on Thursday.  He entered the game in the 6th and tossed two shutout innings.  He gave up a hit, struck out three, and did not walk anyone.  He threw thirty pitches and topped out at 145km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 5/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura could make it back to starting line-up at third for the start of Inter-league play for the first time since May 31, 2012.  Third base will be the only option for Nakamura when the Lions play Inter-league games at Seibu Dome, assuming the Lions plan to start Ernesto Mejia at first (there will be no designated hitters at Pacific League stadiums this year). Source: Sports Hochi 5/15/2014 ... Nakamura got the start at first and batted fourth on Thursday night.  Mejia was the designated hitter and batted sixth.

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yuki Karakawa will be taken off the active roster on Friday after a rough night on Thursday against Softbank.  He gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks over three innings of work.  Karakawa is 0-2 in three May starts with a 9.53 ERA. Source: Sponichi 5/16/2014
  • It was Super Ladies Night at QVC Marine on Wednesday.  Forty-two percent of the fans in attendance were female. Source: Sports Hochi 5/15/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes took Kei Igawa off the active roster on Thursday because they plan to go with a five-man rotation during Inter-league play and have no plans for him to start another game within the next ten days. Source: Sponichi 5/15/2014, Sports Hochi 5/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani will most likely be pushed toward the bottom of the line-up when he starts games at home as a pitcher during Inter-league play. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2014