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[8/17/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.18, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • An opening ceremony for the new natural grass practice field next to kobo Stadium took place on Sunday.  The field will be called Green Field. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 8/17/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori is the third player out of high school to hit home runs in three consecutive games in his first year.  The other two: Yasumitsu Toyoda in 1953 (August 6-9) and Takumi Ejima in 1968 (June 4-6).  Mori and Ejima are the only two players that started the streak with their first career home run.  Mori also joined Yasuharu Fujio (1984) as the only players out of high school to record two pinch-hit home runs in their first year. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014, Sponichi 8/17/2014 ... Mori joined Shinji Nishida (1983) as the only players out of high school to record home runs in consecutive pinch-hit appearances in their first year. Source: Sanspo 8/17/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Dan Runzler made his Ni-gun debut on Sunday against Hanshin.  He started the game and gave up three runs (all earned) on three hits and two walks over two innings of work.  He faced eleven hitters and struck out one. Source: Sponichi 8/17/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito is slated to start a Ni-gun game on the 26th against Yokohama at Yokosuka. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014