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[7/15/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.16, 2014 @ 3:23 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles swapped first and third base coaches before Tuesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes.  Outfield/first base coach Koichi Isobe moved to third and infield/third base coach Yasutomo Suzuki moved to first. Source: Sponichi 7/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions have recorded four walk-off victories this month: vs Nippon Ham on July 2, vs Lotte on July 8, vs Orix on July 11, and vs Orix on July 13.  That tied the franchise record set in April 1961, September 1997, and September 2013. Source: Sanspo 7/14/2014, Sponichi 7/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Craig Brazell was hit in the head by a pitch on Monday.  He told reporters that he had been hit in the head three times in his life, twice in Japan. Source: Sanspo 7/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Jason Standridge hit three batters during the 3rd inning of Monday's game against Lotte (Daichi Suzuki, Toshiaki Imae, and Craig Brazell) and tied the NPB record for HBPs in one inning.  He became the eighth player in NPB history to hit three batters in one inning, first since Shinji Tajima on July 4, 2014; and the fifth player in Pacific League history, first since Takashi Ishii on April 17, 2004. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters are planning to use Masaru Takeda out of the bullpen after the All-Star break because they only have one reliable left-handed reliever.  They also expect to have enough arms for the starting rotation. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014