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[5/16/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on May.17, 2014 @ 3:24 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui will begin making relief appearances at Ni-gun on two days of rest.  His next appearance will likely take place on the 18th during a practice game against a team from the Kansai Independent League at kobo Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ernesto Mejia was the fifty-sixth player in NPB history to hit a home run in their first career trip to the plate, first since Naomichi Nishiura on March 28, 2014; and the twenty-second foreign player in NPB history to hit a home run in their first career trip to the plate, first since Jose Lopez on March 29, 2013.  Five players in franchise history had recorded home runs in their first trip to the plate prior to Mejia: Mitsuo Komuro on August 21, 1968; Yoshinori Yamamura on May 30, 1975; Hideki Saeki on September 24, 1990; Corey Paul on June 25, 1999; and Ryan Mulhern on August 5, 2011. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2014, Sponichi 5/16/2014
  • Child actors Ruiki Sato and Seiran Kobayashi are scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before an Inter-league game against the Yomiuri Giants on the 20th. Source: Sponichi 5/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • 1st round draft pick Kazumasa Yoshida was taken off the active roster on Friday to work through a few issues at Ni-gun. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2014
  • Yuki Nishi could be the Inter-league opening day starter on the 20th against Hanshin. Source: Sponichi 5/16/2014