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[10/28/2014] Nippon Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 3:44 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takahiro Arai was not available to play against on Tuesday. He did play some catch and took some batting practice during pre-game workouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2014
  • At twenty years and six months, Shintaro Fujinami became the youngest pitcher to start a Nippon Series game in franchise history. The previous record of twenty-four years and three months was set by Kei Igawa in 2003. Source: Sponichi 10/28/2014
  • Hakata Station officials increased staff by five to handle the large number of fans on Monday. Roughly 200 fans and media were at the station at around 5:30pm to greet the Tigers. Yutaka Wada, Fujinami, and a number of others used an alternate route in the station. Sanspo 10/28/2014
  • A number of players worked out at Koshien before traveling to Fukuoka on Monday. The Tigers opted not to hold practices at YafuOku Dome so players could get some rest. Players were also allowed to travel to Fukuoka on their own schedule. Source: Sanspo 10/28/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • About 500 fans greeted the Hawks at Hakata Station on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014
  • Dae-Ho Lee recorded the franchise's sixty-second Nippon Series home run on Sunday. Sixty-two Nippon Series home runs is good for a third place tie with Orix on the all-time list. Yomiuri leads all teams with 213. Seibu is in second with 130. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2014
  • Team officials told reporters about one third of the tickets sold for Game 3, 4, and 5 were to people outside of Kyushu. Source: Sanspo 10/28/2014
  • The Hawks announced on Tuesday that a parade celebrating their Pacific League championship will take place on November 24. Source: official announcement