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[6/8/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jun.08, 2014 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Rakuten Eagles

  • Travis Blackley will be taken off the active roster after a shaky start against Yokohama on Sunday.  Through three innings of work, he gave up three runs (all earned) on seven hits, including a two-run home run.  Rhiner Cruz will be called up to take Blackley's spot on the active roster. Source: Sponichi 6/8/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines are planning to take Yoshihisa Naruse off the active roster after he gave up four runs (all earned) on six hits, including a three-run home run, during his start against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on Sunday.  Naruse's next start, June 14 against Hiroshima at QVC Marine, will most likely go to Tomohisa Otani. Source: Sports Hochi 6/8/2014 ... Heading into Sunday, Naruse was 6-1 with a 1.87 ERA in seven career starts against the Giants. Source: Sponichi 6/8/2014 ... Naruse will most likely be taken off the active roster on Monday.  Lotte could call up Luis Cruz. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/8/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa's next start was pushed back to Monday against Yomiuri after Saturday's rainout.  Hideaki Wakui was originally scheduled to make the start on Monday.  His next start will now most likely come on June 12 against Hanshin. Source: Daily Sports 6/8/2014 ... Ishikawa threw twenty-three pitches in the bullpen on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 6/8/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dennis Sarfate was out Saturday and Sunday with a fever.  He may also end up missing Monday's game as well. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/8/2014
  • The offense scored ten or more runs in its third consecutive game on Saturday for the first time since 2004 (June 11-13). Source: Nikkan Sports 6/8/2014, Sports Hochi 6/8/2014 ... The NPB record of four was set by Yomiuri in 1951, Daiei in 1998, and Nippon Ham in 2003. Source: Sponichi 6/8/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuniesky Betancourt may be a little upset about his situation.  According to a report by Tokyo Sports, Betancourt was keeping a positive outlook on the season up until he was demoted to Ni-gun for a second time.   Since then, his workouts have become sporadic and he has turned down opportunities to play in Ni-gun games because "they are for young players."  While playing in Ni-gun games is not a prerequisite for another chance at the active roster, not playing can make it harder to evaluate his progress.  The Buffaloes are hoping he will come around at some point. Source: Tokyo Sports 6/8/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Assuming the ankle is okay, Shohei Otani's last two Inter-league starts could come on the 11th against Yomiuri at Sapporo Dome and the 18th against Hanshin at Koshien. Source: Daily Sports 6/8/2014