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[7/1/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Jul.02, 2014 @ 2:23 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • All-Star Series: Takahiro Norimoto would like to participate, but the Eagles are concerned about the travel schedule and may opt to keep him from playing.  The last game of the first-half of the season will take place at Kyocera Dome.  The All-Star series will begin at Seibu Dome and end at Koshien.  The first game of the second-half of the season will be at Seibu Dome.  If Norimoto takes part in the series, it will mean traveling back and forth between Osaka and Tokorozawa twice in a span of five days. Source: Sports Hochi 7/1/2014
  • All-Star Series: Senichi Hoshino will not be managing the Pacific League team, but could make special appearances before the games, either in person, or via pre-recorded video. Source: Daily Sports 7/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/1/2014
  • Actress Natsuki Kato will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Ni-gun game against Lotte on August 3. Source: Sponichi 7/1/2014
  • Yankees' scout Brandon Duckworth was at Tuesday's game.  He was also seen chatting with some of his former teammates before the game. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takayuki Kishi became the 138th pitcher in NPB history to record 1,000 career strikeouts during Tuesday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  The milestone strikeout came in the 4th inning against Shota Ono. Source: Sponichi 7/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/1/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The base color for the retro 1989 uniform shirts the team wore during the last Seibu series was incorrect.  The shirts were supposed to be the same color as the pants, but appeared whiter.  The uniforms will be used against in August.  The Hawks are thinking about remaking the uniforms so that they properly match. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2014
  • All-Star Series: Dae-Ho Lee told reporters he would rather watch the home run derbies this year than participate in them.  He also said trying to hit home runs was bad for his swing because it makes him focus only on power. Source: Sports Hochi 7/1/2014, Sponichi 7/1/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • All-Star Series: Four pitchers made the roster: Yuki Nishi, Tatsuya Sato, Yoshihisa Hirano, and Chihiro Kaneko.  The last time four pitchers made the All-Star roster was in 1976: Mitsuhiro Adachi, Hisahi Yamada, Takashi Yamaguchi, and Yoshinori Toda. ... Kaneko is planning to throw a steady diet of breaking/off-speed pitches during his outing. Source: Sports Hochi 7/1/2014