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[7/3/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions

by on Jul.04, 2014 @ 3:09 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui joined Masahiro Tanaka and Yoshinao Kamata as the only pitchers out of high school in franchise history to record a victory in their first year in the NPB.  Matsui is also the first pitcher out of high school in franchise history to record a victory in relief during his first year in the NPB.  The last pitcher out of high school to record a victory in relief during his first year in the NPB was Yakult's Yuhei Takai in 2003.  The last Pacific League pitcher out of high school to record a victory in relief during his first year in the NPB was Masafumi Hirai in 1994. Source: Sanspo 7/3/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Shogo Saito's first career home run was a walk-off blast against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Wednesday.  He became the: thirty-first Japanese player in the NPB to accomplish the feat, first since Tatsuro Iwasaki on September 1, 2010; twelfth Japanese player in the Pacific League to accomplish the feat, first since Terushi Nakajima on April 8, 1989; and first Japanese player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. Source: Sanspo 7/3/2014