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[8/21/2014] Softbank, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Aug.22, 2014 @ 2:42 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda threw eighty pitches in the bullpen on Thursday in preparation for his next start on the 24th against Lotte at QVC Marine. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshihisa Hirano set a new franchise record by notching his thirty-fourth save of the season during Thursday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine.  Daisuke Kato (2008) and Mamoru Kishida (2011) held the previous record of thirty-three. Source: Sports Hochi 8/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014
  • Everyone in the starting batting order struck out at least once during Wednesday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines.  If was the fifteenth time everyone in the starting batting order struck out at least once during a game in NPB history, first since Seibu on September 1, 2009.  Orix accomplished the feat two other times in the past: against Lotte on August 11, 1992 and against Seibu on September 26, 1999. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014

[8/20/2014] Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.21, 2014 @ 1:51 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions recorded their fourth tie game of the month on Tuesday, a first since July 1978. Source: Sports Hochi 8/20/2014 ... The Lions played the final game of a nine-game stretch on Wednesday.  Five of their first eight games went into extra innings.  Four ended in ties.  The eight games combined lasted thirty-four hours and thirteen minutes, or roughly four hours and seventeen minutes per game. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Keiichi Hirano became the sixteenth player in  NPB history to reach the 250 sac hit milestone on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 8/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • With Tuesday's rain out, Shohei Otani's next start will most likely come on or after the 26th, instead of the 24th.  Naoyuki Uwasawa, originally scheduled to pitch on Tuesday, will most likely get the start on the 24th. Source: Sports Hochi 8/20/2014

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

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

[8/16/2014] Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Aug.17, 2014 @ 3:07 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori became the first rookie out of high school to hit home runs in consecutive games since Shohei Otani in 2013 (July 10 and 14); the first rookie out of high school to hit home runs in consecutive trips to the plate since Hideki Matsui in 1993 (August 31); and the first rookie out of high school in the Pacific League to hit home runs in consecutive trips to the plate since Kazuhiro Kiyohara in 1986 (twice, July 13 and September 6).  The consecutive home runs were the first and second of Mori's career.  The last rookie out of high school to record their first two home runs in consecutive trips to the plate was Kohei Shimamoto in 1971 (October 9). Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2014 ... Mori hit another home run on Saturday and became the second rookie out of high school to hit home runs in three consecutive games, first since Takumi Ejima in 1968. Source: Daily Sports 8/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/16/2014, Sponichi 8/16/2014 ... Mori played in a Ni-gun practice game against Tohoku Gakuin University (starting catcher, batted third, went 0-for-2: G4, BB-R, F8) on Saturday before his pinch-hit at bat against Nippon Ham. Source: Sports Hochi 8/16/2014, Sanspo 8/16/2014
  • Ginjiro Sumitani was using Mori's bat when he hit a home run in the 8th inning of Friday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  Sumitani generally uses a bat that weighs about 910 grams.  Mori's bat is about thirty grams lighter. Source: Sponichi 8/16/2014
  • The Lions' twelve-inning game against the Fighters at Seibu Dome on Saturday lasted five hours and forty-eight minutes and became the second-longest game in Pacific League history.  The longest Pacific League game, at six hours and one minute, took place between Softbank and Nippon Ham on September 4, 2013. Source: Sponichi 8/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshihisa Hirano tied the franchise record for saves in a season with his thirty-third on Saturday.  Daisuke Kato recorded thirty-three saves in 2008.  Mamoru Kishida tied the record in 2011. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2014
  • Dan Runzler is slated to pitch in Sunday's Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Sato Yakuhin Stadium because Saturday's game was rained out. Source: Sanspo 8/16/2014
  • Chihiro Kaneko is slated to earn his domestic FA option on the 24th. Source: Daily Sports 8/16/2014