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[5/19/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on May.19, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino told reporters on Sunday he planned to make a number of changes to the active roster for the start of Inter-league play. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/19/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui is scheduled to make three more Ni-gun appearances in relief on two days of rest (21st, 24th, and 27th) before getting a start against Ni-gun Seibu on three days of rest on the 31st. Source: Sports Hochi 5/19/2014 ... Matsui, in addition to 3rd round draft pick Kodai Hamaya and 9th round draft pick Ryuta Konno, worked out with the Ichi-gun team at kobo Stadium on Monday.  There is a chance Matsui could return to the Ichi-gun roster ahead of time. Source: Tokyo Sports 5/19/2014, Sponichi 5/19/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants at Seibu Dome.  He threw about fifty pitches off a mound on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/19/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Sho Iwasaki is planning to use Funassyi's theme, Funafunafunassyi, for his intro music during his next start at YafuOku Dome on the 23rd against Hanshin.  Funassyi and Iwasaki are both from Funabashi, Chiba. Source: Sponichi 5/19/2014
  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka was taken off the active roster on Monday due to poor performance (1-for-12 as a bat off the bench). Source: Sponichi 5/19/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes finished off a three-game sweep of the Softbank Hawks at Kyocera Dome on Sunday for the first time since July 2011. Source: Daily Sports 5/19/2014
  • Professional Go player Satoshi Yuki is slated throw out the ceremonial first pitch before an Inter-league game against Hiroshima at Hotto Motto Kobe on the 23rd. Source: official announcement
  • The Buffaloes' Ni-gun coaching staff is planning to play a three-inning game against a team of amateur players from Tondabayashi, Osaka at Tondabayashi Buffaloes Stadium on July 13. Source: Daily Sports 5/19/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters