Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス)
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[4/26/2017] Eigoro Mogi misses game with heel pain

Eigoro Mogi did not play in tonight’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Kobo Park Miaygi because of pain in his left heel. He suffered the injury while running the bases during the Lotte game on April 25.

Source: Sanspo 4/26/2017, Sports Hochi 4/26/2017

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Chiba Lotte Marines 7 – Rakuten Eagles 11 (April 26, 2017)

Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ Kobo Park Miyagi – 18:00
Starters: Standridge, Jason (LOT) 1-1, 4.40 – Norimoto, Takahiro (RAK) 1-1, 4.74

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lotte 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 7 12 1
Rakuten 0 2 4 0 0 2 3 0 X 11 14 2

Attendance: 22519 | Time: 3h15m

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Yuki Matsui: Did You Know

Matsui pitched the ninth against the Chiba Lotte Marines on April 25 and struck out the side on nine pitches. He became the seventeenth player in NPB history to achieve the feat, first since Chunichi’s Yuta Muto on September 10, 2014, and first in Rakuten franchise history.

Source: Sponichi 4/25/2017

Matsui closed out a game against Lotte on April 25 by striking out the side with nine pitches.

He became the seventeenth player (accomplished eighteen times) in NPB history (sixth and accomplished seven times in Pacific League history, first in Rakuten Eagles’ franchise history) to strike out the side with nine pitches. He is the first to accomplish the feat while facing the three, four, and five batters. He is also the first to record at least seven swinging strikes (the previous record of six was set by Masaji Hiramatsu in 1979).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2017, Sports Hochi 4/26/2017, Sponichi 4/26/2017

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Chiba Lotte Marines 2 – Rakuten Eagles 4 (April 25, 2017)

Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ Tokyo Dome – 18:00
Starters: Nishino, Yuji (LOT) 1-1, 3.00 – Karashima, Wataru (RAK) 2-0, 1.59

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lotte 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 4 0
Rakuten 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 X 4 8 0

Attendance: 45211 | Time: 3h1m

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[4/23/2017] Takayuki Kishi late scratch from start

Takayuki Kishi was scratched from his start during line-up exchanges before the start of today’s game against the Softbank Hawks. He was replaced as a precaution after he complained of pain in his lower back during his pre-game bullpen session. He is not expected to be with the team when they travel to Tokyo. The Rakuten Eagles are planning to take a wait and see approach.

Source: Sport Hochi 4/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2017, Sponichi 4/23/2017

[UPDATE 4/25 @ 6:48pm]

Kishi did not participate in practices on April 24 and instead rested. His back condition is not considered serious. There are currently no plans for him to get it tested at a hospital. He is considered day-to-day. The Eagles might skip him once in the rotation, depending on his condition. If not, his next start could come on April 30 against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/25/2017, Daily Sports 4/25/2017, Sports Hochi 4/25/2017, Sponichi 4/25/2017

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Kazuo Matsui: Did You Know

Matsui blasted the 200th home run of his career on April 22 and became the 100th player in NPB history to reach the milestone. At forty-one years and five months, he joined George Altman (forty-two years and three months) as the only players to hit their 200th after turning forty. The previous high for a Japanese player was Atsuya Furuta at thirty-eight years and ten months.

Matsui also joined Hiromi Matsunaga as the only switch-hitters in NPB history to hit 200 or more home runs.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/23/2017, Sponichi 4/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2017

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Rakuten Eagles 2 – Softbank Hawks 1 (April 23, 2017)

Rakuten Eagles vs Softbank Hawks @ Fukuoka Yahuoku! DOME – 13:00
Starters: Kishi, Takayuki (RAK) 1-0, 3.00 – Terahara, Hayato (SOF) 0-0, 1.80

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rakuten 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
Softbank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 0

Attendance: 35400 | Time: 4h1m

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Rakuten Eagles 11 – Softbank Hawks 2 (April 22, 2017)

Rakuten Eagles vs Softbank Hawks @ Fukuoka Yahuoku! DOME – 18:00
Starters: Mima, Manabu (RAK) 2-0, 3.06 – Otonari, Kenji (SOF)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rakuten 3 0 1 2 0 2 1 0 2 11 15 0
Softbank 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 7 0

Attendance: 33223 | Time: 3h24m

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Rakuten Eagles 3 – Softbank Hawks 4 (April 21, 2017)

Rakuten Eagles vs Softbank Hawks @ Fukuoka Yahuoku! DOME – 18:00
Starters: Kamata, Yoshinao (RAK) 1-1, 9.00 – Nakata, Kenichi (SOF) 1-2, 6.00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Rakuten 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
Softbank 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1X 4 8 2

Attendance: 30142 | Time: 4h50m

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Rakuten Eagles 4 – Seibu Lions 5 (April 19, 2017)

Rakuten Eagles vs Seibu Lions @ MetLife Dome – 18:00
Starters: Norimoto, Takahiro (RAK) 1-1, 5.73 – Tawata, Shinsaburo (SEI) 0-1, 11.57

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Rakuten 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 1
Seibu 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1X 5 11 0

Attendance: 11476 | Time: 3h42m

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