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[8/15/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.16, 2014 @ 2:06 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto picked up his tenth victory of the season on Friday and became the first pitcher in franchise history to win at least ten games in their first two seasons. Source: Sponichi 8/15/2014 ... Norimoto also tied Masahiro Tanaka's franchise record for most shutouts in a season with his sixth. Source: Daily Sports 8/15/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori joined Akira Ogi (August 15, 1954) and Masahiro Yanagida (July 30, 1967) as the only players out of high school in franchise history to record a pinch-hit home run in their first year.  Mori is the first player out of high school to notch his first career home run in his first year with a pinch-hit home run since Hiroyasu Hayashi on June 29, 1990. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka recorded a walk-off on a bases loaded walk on Thursday.  It was the twelfth walk-off of his career, first since July 10, 2009, and his first walk-off walk since August 3, 1999.  The last player over forty to record a walk-off was Norihiro Nakamura on August 20, 2013 and the last player over forty in franchise history was Hiromitsu Kadota on August 8, 1991. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2014, Sports Hochi 8/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba has hit at least one home run in twenty consecutive seasons.  He joined Tomoaki Kanemoto (1993-2012) as the only players out of college to record a home run in twenty consecutive seasons.  Inaba is the only one to accomplish the feat beginning with his first year in 1995. Source: Daily Sports 8/15/2014Nikkan Sports 8/15/2014 ... At forty-two years and zero months, Inaba joined Yoshiyuki Iwamoto, Yasunori Oshima, and Hiromitsu Ochiai as the only players in franchise history to hit home runs after turning forty-two. Source: Sponichi 8/15/2014, Sanspo 8/15/2014
  • Former Nippon Ham Fighter Tomochika Tsuboi has decided to retire.  He announced his decision on his blog.  He told fans that he still loved the game, but had to come to grips with reality: he was in decline and no team wanted him.  Tsuboi is planning to hold a press conference in Japan on the 18th. Source: Sponichi 8/15/2014, Daily Sports 8/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/15/2014