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NPB news: June 1, 2022

The CL and PL entered Wednesday’s games tied at 21-21 in interleague play, but the PL just missed another sweep. The SoftBank Hawks hit a franchise wins milestone and Jingu Stadium’s summer fireworks came early.

We also have the first returns from this year’s all-star fan vote.

Marines battery making mark in voting

One never knows what to make of the fan balloting, but for what it’s worth, Lotte’s Roki Sasaki leads the all-star fan voting for starting pitchers with 36,896 over Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s 16,302, while his 19-year-old batterymate Ko Matsukawa tops the PL catchers with 38,333 over SoftBank’s Takuya Kai’s 15,111.

Yomiuri rookie closer Taisei Ota leads the CL closer vote by 2-1 over last year’s rookie sensation, Hiroshima’s Ryoji Kuribayashi. In kind of a surprise, because popularity really IS the thing, Shugo Makita of DeNA is a deserving leader over Yakult’s Tetsuto Yamada.

Ryan McBroom of the Carp, leads the CL’s first base vote with 24,977 over, ugh, Sho Nakata with 20,557.

Nuff said about that.

Wednesday’s games

Hawks 6, Giants 3: At Tokyo Dome, Nao Higashihama (5-1) wasn’t quite as sharp as he was in his no-hitter, but he wasn’t far off that either, as he consistently threw first strikes and got ahead in counts, but allowed six hits, three solo home runs, two of them on first-pitch strikes, while walking none over seven innings.

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NPB news: May 19, 2022

We had three games Thursday and two of them were pitchers’ duels, while another one started that way before José Marmolejos intervened with a grand slam. Elsewhere, the SoftBank Hawks will be without another outfielder for most of the season.

It’s also Roki Eve, ahead of Friday’s rematch between Roki Sasaki and Hawks ace Kodai Senga, although this one will take place in Fukuoka.

Shall we get started?

Hawks lose Uebayashi

The SoftBank Hawks announced Thursday that outfielder Seiji Uebayashi tore his right Achilles tendon in practice before Wednesday’s game against the Seibu Lions in Naha, where was stretchered off the field. After an examination on Thursday, it was estimated he will be out of action for three to four months.

Uebayashi has posted a .337 on-base percentage in 100 plate appearances with a .409 slugging average. Manager Hiroshi Fujimoto, told Nishi Nihon Sports  that Uebayashi has been an important rival to push young prospect Tatsuru Yanagimachi.

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