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[9/8/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.09, 2014 @ 1:32 am, under NPB

Rakunten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui topped 100 strikeouts this season during his start on Monday against the Orix Buffaloes and became the first pitcher out of high school in franchise history to accomplish the feat in his first year since Masahiro Tanaka in 2007. Source: Sponichi 9/8/2014
  • Daily Sports reports that Senichi Hoshino is planning to step down after the season due to health concerns. If he does step down, he could be offered another position in the organization, like general manager or senior director. Source: Daily Sports 9/8/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ernesto Mejia hit a home run against the Softbank Hawks on Sunday and became the first player in the Pacific League to reach thirty home runs this season. The last Seibu player to hit thirty before anyone else in the league was Takeya Nakamura in 2011. Source: Sanspo 9/8/2014
  • The Lions will be running a trial service that will allow fans at games on August 14 and 15 to use their smartphones to access play-by-play commentary and on-field action through six different camera angles. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/8/2014, Sanspo 9/8/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines tied a franchise record on Monday with three consecutive shutout losses. Source: Sponichi 9/8/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes beat the Nippon Ham Fighters on Sunday and snapped a Sunday ten-game losing streak. Source: Sports Hochi 9/8/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is the first player out of high school to reach double figures in home runs in one season within his first two years since Hideki Matsui (eleven in his first year in 1993, twenty in his second year in 1994). The last player to accomplish the feat in franchise history was Isao Harimoto (thirteen in his first year in 1959 and sixteen in his second year in 1960). Source: Sanspo 9/8/2014 ... Adjustments were made to Otani's bat during the off-season. He wanted a little more weight in the barrel. The length of the bat remained the same at 33.5 inches, but the weight dropped from 915 to 905 grams. The thickest part of the bat was made 0.3 millimeters thicker and the thinnest part (bat handle) 0.5 millimeters thinner. Otani went from a white to a black bat in late-April. He has bats made of maple, white ash, and Japanese ash and uses them according to how he feels. Source: Sponichi 9/8/2014 ... Otani might get four more starts as a pitcher and at least ten more starts as a position play before the end of the season. Source: Sports Hochi 9/8/2014
  • The Fighters announced that they will hold events to honor Atsunori Inaba on September 30 and October 5. Source: official announcement