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Van den Hurk leads Hawks to play off win

As winner of the Pacific League, the Nippon Ham Fighters already had an extra win on their account and after they won two games, the team had a 3-1 lead over the Softbank Hawks in the second stage of the Climax Series, the NPB’s semi final. So it was a must win situation for the… Continue reading Van den Hurk leads Hawks to play off win

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Van den Hurk wins first start since coming off DL

In his first start since being activated from the disabled list, Rick van den Hurk was as sharp as usual. In six innings, the tall Dutchman threw ninety-one pitches, faced twenty-five hitters, walked one, struck out seven and allowed two runs on six hits. Even though the lowly Orix Buffaloes scored two runs with Rick… Continue reading Van den Hurk wins first start since coming off DL

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Van den Hurk likely to rejoin Ichi-Gun team this week

After a long period on the disabled list (since June), Rick van den Hurk recently threw a few Ni-Gun (minor league) starts. Especially his second start was very successful. In five innings he allowed three hits, walked none and struck out six. In the previous article about Rick van den Hurk, it was mentioned that… Continue reading Van den Hurk likely to rejoin Ichi-Gun team this week

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Next step in rehab for Van den Hurk

Yesterday, Dutch star pitcher of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, Rick van den Hurk pitched his second game for the Ni-Gun team of the Hawks as part of his rehab. Rick has been sidelined with signs of fatigue and little ailments since June. Ever since he has had several checkups at various hospitals. The Hakws clearly… Continue reading Next step in rehab for Van den Hurk

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Return of Rick van den Hurk pushed back

According to YakyuDB, Rick van den Hurk has developed a pain in the neck while playing catch on June 21. Because of this pain his return to the Softbank Hawks has been pushed back. Hawks manager Kimiyasu Kudo has not put a time table on Rick’s return. Two weeks ago, Van den den Hurk was removed… Continue reading Return of Rick van den Hurk pushed back

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Van den Hurk’s streak ends, Balentien has 12 homeruns now

Unfortunately Rick van den Hurk wasn’t able to extend his record of fourteen wins without recording a loss. Last week he broke the 50-year old record by winning the game vs the Chiba Lotte Marines, in which he struck out ten batters and gave up only one run.  Wladimir Balentien is hitting rather well lately,… Continue reading Van den Hurk’s streak ends, Balentien has 12 homeruns now

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Van den Hurk breaks NPB pitching record

A fifty year old record in the NPB fell today as Rick van den Hurk clinced his fourteenth victory without recording a loss. The previous record for rookie pitchers and foreign pitchers stood at thirteen. In a close game Rick had a formidable opponent in Ayumu Ishikawa, who gave up only two runs.  In the… Continue reading Van den Hurk breaks NPB pitching record