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[7/24/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino arrived at kobo Stadium at 12:005pm on Thursday for practices. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014 ... Tokyo Sports recap: Hoshino arrived at 12:06pm, team meeting began at 12:55pm, Hoshino appeared on the field at 1:10pm.  About fifty members of the media and eight TV cameras covered Hoshino's first day back. Source: Tokyo Sports 7/24/2014 ... Hoshino lost about seven kilograms after his back surgeries. Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2014
  • Wednesday's game against Seibu was Hiromoto Okubo's last game as interim manager.  The team went 8-9-0 under his leadership. ... Okubo will return to Ni-gun as manager.  Interim Ni-gun manager Tsutomu Sakai will go back to being Ni-gun chief pitching coach. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Starters for the Lotte series that begins on Friday at Seibu Dome: Ryohei Fujiwara, Greg Reynolds, Takayuki Kishi. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014
  • Hiroyuki Kobayashi's fastball averaged 145km/h during his one inning out on Wednesday against Ni-gun Lotte.  He topped out at 148km/h.  The Lions will most likely add Kobayashi to the active roster on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014 ... Kobayashi joined the Ichi-gun pitchers for practices at Seibu Dome on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014
  • The Lions became the fifth team in NPB history to record five or more walk-off victories in one month: Hankyu (six in July 1955), Daimai (five in August 1959), Yomiuri (five in July 1968), Yakult (five in May 1993), Seibu (five in July 2014).  They also became the first team in the Pacific League to have five different players record a walk-off in one month. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014, Sanspo 7/24/2014, Sponichi 7/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at YafuOku Dome on Thursday.  He is slated to start Sunday's game against Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani signed an advisory staff contract with Asics. Source: official announcement
  • Yuki Saito's full line from Wednesday's Ni-gun start against Yokohama: 4.2 IP, 25 BF, 90 NP, 11 H, 3 HR, 2 SO, 1 BB, 8 R, 8 ER.
  • Old-time mascots Gyorotan and Fighty will make special appearances during the Legend Series 2014 at Sapporo Dome (August 21-24). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014