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[5/25/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on May.26, 2015 @ 7:39 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks and Buffaloes set a YafuOku Dome record for home runs in a game with eight on May 21 (four each). The previous high of seven was set by Daiei and Orix on September 3, 2000. Source: Sponichi 5/21/2015
  • Edison Barrios extended his hold streak to seventeen games on May 20 and tied the NPB record set by Kyuji Fujikawa in 2005. Source: Sponichi 5/20/2015 ... Barrios' hold streak ended at seventeen on May 22. Source: Sponichi 5/23/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko has given up three grand slams: Tsuyoshi Shinjo on April 18, 2006, Yoshinobu Takahshi on May 16, 2012, and Ikuhiro Kiyota May 13, 2015. Source: Sponichi 5/24/2015
  • The Buffaloes announced on May 24 that they were swapping Ichi-gun and Ni-gun battery coaches. Ni-gun battery coach Fumihiro Suzuki will head to Ichi-gun, Daisuke Maeda will head to Ni-gun. Source: official announcement
  • Tatsuya Sato visited the Lotte dugout during pre-game practices on May 23 to apologize to Toshiaki Imae for the dangerous pitch he threw on May 22. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2015
  • Hiroshi Moriwaki met with team officials Ryuzo Setoyama and Shosaku Yokota for about an hour after a Lotte game on May 23 at Kyocera Dome. Moriwaki also held a meeting with players that lasted about thirty minutes. Source: Daily Sports 5/24/2015, Sponichi 5/24/2015
  • The commissioner's office issued Yuki Miyazaki a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine for his ejection on May 24. Source: Sponichi 5/25/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani will most likely be used as a bat off the bench during the Yakult series that begins on May 26. Source: Daily Sports 5/25/2015
  • Haruki Nishikawa blasted the first grand slam of his career during a game against Softbank on May 23. Nishikawa hit the grand slam on a 3-0 pitch and became the just the third player in the Pacific League to accomplish the feat. The other two players: Carmelo Martinez (Orix) on April 16, 1992 against Lotte and Julio Zuleta (Softbank) on August 26, 2006 against Seibu. Source: Spoinchi 5/24/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on May 20: first round draft pick Kona Takahashi started the game and gave up two runs (one earned) over six innings of work. He faced twenty-four hitters, threw 106 pitches, gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out five. Source: Sanspo 5/20/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ni-gun game against Hanshin on May 23: first round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku entered the game in the 6th and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He faced four hitters, walked one, struck out one, and topped out at 147km/h. Source: Daily Sports 5/24/2015, Sponichi 5/24/2015
  • On May 24, Yuki Matsui became the fourth pitcher out of high school in NPB history to record ten or more saves in his second year. The other three: Tatsuo Komatsu in 1979, Hisanobu Watanabe in 1985, Masafumi Hirai in 1995. Of the four pitchers, Matsui is the only lefty. Source:Nikkan Sports 5/25/2015, Sponichi 5/25/2015

[5/19/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on May.20, 2015 @ 6:54 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • [Upcoming Potential Starters] Softbank series that begins on May 19: Takahiro Matsuba, Bryan Bullington, Daiki Tomei. Lotte series that begins on May 22: Brandon Dickson, and combination of Yuki Nishi and Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Sports Hochi 5/19/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • [Upcoming Potential Starters] Softbank series that begins on May 22: Shohei Otani, Mitsuo Yoshikawa, Kohei Arihara. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/19/2015
  • Hideki Kuriyama might use Shohei Otani as a bat off the bench during inter-league play. Source: Daily Sports 5/19/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on May 19: Tomoya Mori got the start in right and batted ninth. He went 1-for-1 with a walk. He caught one fly ball and fielded two hits in right. Source: Sanspo 5/19/2015
  • Tomoya Mori will most likely get some playing time in the outfield during Ni-gun games before the start of inter-league play. Norio Tanabe does not want to lose Mori's bat and is planning to use him in right during road games against Central League teams. Source: Sports Hochi 5/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/19/2015, Sponichi 5/19/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku will most likely make a relief appearance in a two-game Ni-gun Hanshin series that begins on May 23 at Koshien Stadium. Source: Sponichi 5/19/2015