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[6/1/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jun.01, 2014 @ 11:39 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yudai Mori started a Ni-gun game against Seibu on Sunday.  He gave up two runs on six hits over six innings of work.  He also walked two and struck out five. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/1/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui's next start at Ni-gun will likely come on the 7th against Yomiuri at Giants Stadium. Source: Sports Hochi 6/1/2014
  • Eight walk-off home runs have been hit in franchise history. Andruw Jones (both this season) and Jose Fernandez (2006, 2008) each have two. Jones is the first to record two in one season. Source: Sponichi 6/1/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes drew 35,982 on Sunday and set a new attendance record for a game at Kyocera Dome since it became their home stadium in 2005. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/1/2014 ... Sunday also marked the seventh straight home game with attendances above 30,000 for the first time since 1996. Source: Sponichi 6/1/2014
  • Chihiro Kaneko has gotten tips on how to throw the two-seamer from Brandon Dickson. Source: Tokyo Sports 6/1/2014 ... Kaneko tossed a no-hitter through nine innings on Saturday. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 9th and the Buffaloes ended up dropping the game in extra innings. He became the eleventh pitcher in NPB history to pitch a no-hitter through nine innings only to lose it in extra innings, first since Tomoya Yagi on April 15, 2006. Nine of the eleven pitchers gave up hits in extra innings. Kaneko joined Yagi as the only two that left their starts with a no-hitter still intact (Yagi pitched into the 10th). Kaneko also became the first pitcher to record 100 or more strikeouts before the end of May since Keishi Suzuki in 1968. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/1/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani's home run on Saturday was the first he hit off a left-handed pitcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/1/2014
  • Keisuke Tanimoto filed marriage papers with a woman from Funbashi, Chiba. Source: Daily Sports 6/1/2014