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[7/16/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.17, 2014 @ 3:59 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about giving 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui another chance at making the starting rotation after the All-Star break.  He could get a start during a Seibu series that begins on the 21st at Seibu Dome. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014, Daily Sports 7/16/2014
  • On Tuesday, the Eagles almost became the fifth team to toss a no-hitter while allowing one or more runs, first since Kintetsu on May 13, 1964. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014 ... The Eagles held the opposition to one hit on Tuesday for the sixth time in franchise history, first since June 30, 2013 against Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tsutsomu Ito told reporters after Tuesday's game that he was upset about Saburo getting hit in the 6th inning because the Hawks did not appear apologetic.  The fact that it was the fourth HBP in two games made it worse. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014 ... Incidentally, both teams have nine HBPs against each other through fourteen games so far this year (as of the end of Tuesday).
  • Alfredo Despaigne does not have a fear of flying. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014 ... The Marines would like Despaigne to arrive in Japan some time between the 26th and 28th. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari could get a start on the 27th against Orix at YafuOku Dome, depending on how well he does during a batting practice scrimmage on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014
  • A number of team officials will visit Cuba to establish a presence. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are heading into the All-Star break in first place for the first time since 1997. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani's streak of at least one strikeout an inning ended at twenty on Wednesday.  The franchise record of twenty-three was set by Isamu Kida in 1980. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014
  • The Hiura Sisters (fashion models) are slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Kamagaya Stadium on the 21st. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014