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[9/19/2014] Rakuten Eagles , Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.20, 2014 @ 3:52 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto set a new franchise record on Friday by recording his seventh shutout of the season. The previous record of six was set by Masahiro Tanaka in 2009. Norimoto is the first pitcher in the NPB to notch seven shutouts in a season since Masaki Saito recorded seven in 1989. The last Pacific League pitcher to record seven or more shutouts in a season was Keiji Suzuki with eight in 1978. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014

Seibu Lions

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte opened a special retirement section for Tomoya Satozaki at the official team web site. They also provided additional details Satozaki's retirement ceremony events on September 28. Source: official announcement
  • The Marines are reportedly getting ready to offer thirty-nine-year-old infielder Tadahito Iguchi a three-year deal worth an estimated total 400 to 500 million yen. Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenta Imamiya notched his sixtieth sac hit of the season on Thursday and became the first player in NPB history to record sixty or more sac hits in more than one season. Imamiya set a Pacific League record last year with sixty-two sac hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters have informally decided to make Shohei Otani their opening pitcher for the First Stage of the Climax Series (assuming they make it that far). Until then, he will most likely get two more starts during the regular season: on the 21st against Rakuten at kobo Stadium and during a five-game stretch at Sapporo Dome that begins on the 27th. He could get a tune-up outing during the Phoenix League that begins on October 6. The First Stage of the Climax Series is scheduled to start on October 11. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014 ... If Otani starts game one of the First Stage of the Climax Series, it would allow him to start either game three or four of the Final Stage of the Climax Series on five or six days of rest. He could also be used as a position player for the first two games of the Final Stage of the Climax Series . Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014