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[6/5/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jun.06, 2014 @ 1:07 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Rhiner Cruz participated in practices at kobo Stadium on Thursday.  He tossed forty-six pitches in the bullpen after playing some catch.  Cruz told reporters he was fully prepared and ready to play. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/5/2014
  • The Eagles are planning to add 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui to the active roster on Friday, in time for the start of their two-game series against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.  He will most likely be used as an arm out of the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/5/2014, Sponichi 6/5/2014 ... Matsui could get a shot at the starting rotation once he proves he can throw strikes on a consistent basis. Source: Sports Hochi 6/5/2014
  • When Akihisa Makida visited an elementary school in April, he told kids he wanted to play until he was thirty-five. Source: Sports Hochi 6/5/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Potential upcoming starters: June 6 and 7 vs Yakult at Jingu - 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa and Takahiro Fujioka; June 8 and 9 vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome - Yoshihisa Naruse and Hideaki Wakui. Source: Sanspo 6/5/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Paul Oseguera is slated to make his next start against Hanshin at Koshien on the 8th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/5/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani recorded the second double-digit strikeout game of his career on Wednesday.  At nineteen years and ten months, Otani is the first pitcher under twenty to record two or more double-digit strikeout games in the NPB since Yuki Karakawa (twice in 2008 and once in 2009); in franchise history since Toshiaki Moriyasu (once in 1966 and three times in 1967). Source: Sanspo 6/5/2014