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[8/5/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.06, 2014 @ 12:32 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui threw about sixty pitches to catcher Shota Koseki on Monday in preparation for his next start on the 6th against Lotte at QVC Marine. Source: Sanspo 8/5/2014
  • The Eagles topped 100,000 in fan club members for 2014 in July.  They finished 2013 with about 83,000 members.  Of particular note: memberships for women have increased sixty-three percent over the same period from last season.  Through Monday, the Eagles have recorded fourteen sold-out dates compared to the eleven in 2013. Source: Sponichi 8/5/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori could make it into Ichi-gun games as a defensive replacement at catcher at least once a week.  He will most likely spend the rest of his time as a bat off the bench. Source: Daily Sports 8/5/2014
  • Ryoma Nogami (27) is dating former Morning Musume Rika Ishikawa (29).  According to Sponichi, the relationship started toward the end of last year. Source: Sponichi 8/5/2014, Sponichi 8/5/2014 ... Ishikawa posted a message to her fans at her blog about her relationship with Nogami. Source: blog 8/5/2014

Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata hit two home runs on Tuesday against the Orix Buffaloes.  He hit his first blast in the 3rd inning off Takahiro Matsuba and his second in the 6th inning off Mamoru Kishida.  The home run in the 3rd gave him twenty on the year.  He has now hit at least twenty home runs in three consecutive seasons.  With his home run in the 6th, Nakata became the 272nd player in NPB history to reach the 100 home run milestone. Source: Sponichi 8/5/2014
  • With Michael Crotta (left side) out, the Fighters could give Akihiro Hakumura a look as closer, but not before they have had a chance to ease him into the later innings. Source: Sports Hochi 8/5/2014
  • Yuki Saito's next Ichi-gun start could come on either the 14th against Lotte at Sapporo Dome or the 15th against Seibu at Seibu Dome.  He is also slated to start a Ni-gun game on the 7th against Lotte at Kamagaya. Source: Sanspo 8/5/2014 ... The 12th against Lotte is also a possibility. Source: Daily Sports 8/5/2014