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[8/8/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.09, 2014 @ 12:00 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles fell twenty games under .500 with their loss on Thursday.  They are the first team to drop twenty games under .500 the year after winning a Nippon Series since Yakult in 1979. Source: Sponichi 8/8/2014
  • Ryuta Konno started a Ni-gun game against Seibu on Thursday.  He gave up two runs (both earned) on five hits over 6.1 innings of work.  He faced twenty-three hitters, threw seventy-eight pitches, walked one, and struck out three. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ayumu Ishikawa won the Hero Interview Award for the month of July.  Ishikawa recorded 139 of 301 fan votes.  Kazuya Fukuura ended in second with 116 votes. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroshi Moriwaki spent about thirty minutes throwing over 130 batting practice pitches to Takahiro Okada and Teppei during workouts at the indoor facilities at kobo Stadium on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2014, Sponichi 8/8/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito's next Ichi-gun start could come on the 13th or 14th against Lotte at Sapporo Dome.  Saito started a Ni-gun game against Lotte on Thursday and gave up three runs, all earned, on four hits over four innings of work.  He faced eighteen hitters, threw eighty pitches, walked two, and struck out six. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2014