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[7/30/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jul.31, 2015 @ 5:28 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo threw sixty-seven pitches to Yuki Yoshimura and Keizo Kawashima during batting practice on July 30. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi went yard twice against Nippon Ham on July 30 for the first time this year and became the 275th player in NPB history to reach the 100 home run milestone with his second home run of the game. Source: Daily Sports 7/30/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters announced on July 30 that they filed paperwork to place Victor Garate on waivers. Source: official announcement ... Said team official Hiroshi Yoshimura, "He hurt his leg and was still having problems with it. We didn't think we could guarantee him playing time in August and September." Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2015 ... "He had good pitches, but we had too many foreign players. We weren't sure if we could give him regular playing time. [We thought it] might be best to let him go," said Hideki Kuriyama. Source: Sports Hochi 7/30/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced on July 30 that hitting coach Tomio Tashiro was leaving the organization. Tashiro submitted his intent to resign when the team returned to Sendai after a game against Softbank in Morioka on July 29. The two sides met against on July 30, but there was no change of heart and the team accepted. Tashiro originally wanted to step down when Senichi Hoshino decided to leave as manager after the 2014 season, but was convinced to stay. Ni-gun hitting coach Daisuke Kusano will most likely be named the new Ichi-gun hitting coach. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 7/30/2015, Daily Sports 7/30/2015