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Van den Hurk in the win column again

Yesterday, the Softbank Hawks hosted the Orix Buffaloes. Rick van den Hurk was the starter for the Hawks and guided them to a win vs the lowly Buffaloes. Rick pitched six shutout innings and needed 110 pitches to do so. In those six innings, Rick gave up two hits, walked two and struck out three. He… Continue reading Van den Hurk in the win column again

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Wladimir Balentien’s future in Japan may be secured

Wladimir Balentien, who has played for the Yakult Swallows in the past six years is trying to get a deal with his club for another year and perhaps more. But the Swallows are having their doubts. Not only are they worried about the fact that Balentien is injury prone, they also are not happy with… Continue reading Wladimir Balentien’s future in Japan may be secured

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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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Van den Hurk pitched in Ni-Gun game again

After his last start was pushed back due to concerns about his progress/condition, Rick van den Hurk finally pitched a Ni-Gun game for the Softbank Hawks again. Last Saturday he pitched three innings against the Ni-Gun team of the Yomiuri Giants. He struck out three and walked one. His pitches topped 94 mph. Rick gave… Continue reading Van den Hurk pitched in Ni-Gun game again

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Van den Hurk wins thanks to magnificent run support, Balentien goes 1 for 3

The Softbank Haws and Rick van den Hurk took on the lowly Orix Buffaloes. Van den Hurk lasted six innings in which he gave up five earned runs on five hits and three walks. Rick struck out six. Things clearly didn’t go easy for Rick. His biggest tormentor was Tony Blanco, who hit two homeruns… Continue reading Van den Hurk wins thanks to magnificent run support, Balentien goes 1 for 3

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Van den Hurk one win shy of record setting 14th win

Dutch starting pitcher of the Softbank Hawks, Rick van den Hurk, won hit fourth game of the season and his thirteenth straight game since his debut in the NPB last year. In today’s game vs the lowly Orix Buffaloes, Rick threw 87 pitches in six full innings. Rick gave up two runs on three hits… Continue reading Van den Hurk one win shy of record setting 14th win