Nippon Ham Fighters

Video: First pitches in Japan sure are different

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I wasn’t really sure what was going on in this ceremonial first pitch before this Nippon-Ham Fighters game at first. There are characters and costumes and all of that, likely for Japanese entertainments I’ve never heard of but which my son probably knows all about because he’s into stuff like that.

When he wakes up — it’s summer vacation he and his sister both sleep approximately 20 hours a day — I think I’ll show him this. Hopefully the part where things get weird begin just as he’s getting ready to mock me for my ignorance, because I do understand what’s going on there and he probably doesn’t.

Note: that’s not a reference to something unsafe for work or for teenagers. I’m talkin’ about wrestling. Anyway:

(h/t to Ray Steele)

José Abreu undergoes lower abdominal surgery, expected out two weeks

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White Sox first baseman José Abreu underwent lower abdominal surgery on Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. It was an outpatient procedure that is expected to keep him away from baseball activity for two weeks.

Abreu, 31, was held out of Tuesday’s lineup, his first day off in more than two months. This season, Abreu has hit a productive .272/.331/.491 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 526 plate appearances.

The White Sox will likely play Matt Davidson at first base and put Daniel Palka at DH while Abreu is out.