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NPB news: July 14, 2022

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Because Monday is “Marine Day,” the national holiday where Japanese are encouraged to enjoy the seaside and many get in over their heads, literally, the Pacific League will begin its weekend series on Saturday instead of Friday.

Perhaps this will encourage more people to go to the ballpark rather than the ocean. In 2016 for example, 10 people were reported to have drowned over the three-day weekend. Unfortunately, World Drowning Awareness Day comes a week later, this year on July 25.

Anyway with a light schedule tomorrow, it’s like Japanese baseball said, “We’ve only got three games on Friday so we’d better get a lot of action in today.

Orix and SoftBank played longball, Nippon Ham is looking very much unlike the team we’ve seen the last three seasons, the Seibu Lions showed some skill at defusing explosive situations, Shogo Akiyama had a hit in Hiroshima, which was three fewer than the Yomiuri Giants managed against Hanshin, and Seiichi Uchikawa was pressed into service, making his debut in his 22nd season as a pro in his first game in the outfield in forever.

Thursday’s games

Buffaloes 3, Hawks 2: At Fukuoka Dome, Orix’s Kotaro Kurebayashi decided a home run derby with his fourth of the season, breaking a 2-2 eighth-inning tie against former closer Yuito Mori (0-4).

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NPB news: July 10, 2022

The Central League-leading Yakult Swallows had more COVID-19 infections, and are now without their top two catchers and one backup from the major league club as well as some key relievers and their middle infield.

This forced Yakult to postpone Sunday’s game with the Hanshin Tigers. The Pacific League-leading SoftBank Hawks meanwhile looked to salvage the final game of their home series against the last-place Nippon Ham Fighters, with the Seibu Lions now hot on their heels in second place.

So let’s get started.

Sunday’s games

Fighters 2, Hawks 0: At Fukuoka Dome, Nippon Ham journeyman Takahide Ikeda (1-1) outpitched his offseason workout partner and fellow Soka University graduate Shuta Ishikawa (3-4). Ishikawa struck out nine but had one tough inning when the Fighters scored both their runs.

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