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Rakuten Eagles: March 2, 2010

by on Mar.02, 2010 @ 8:16 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

...Seems like weekends in March will be ruled by Hisashi Iwakuma and Masahiro Tanaka.  The two will be pitching the opening weekend series against the Orix Buffaloes (3/20-21).  They will also be pitching the weekend series against the Seibu Lions (3/27-28).  And that means they will probably be pitching on the weekend during exhibition play as well: vs. Yokohama Bay Stars on 3/6-7; vs. Swallows 3/13; and vs. Chiba Lotte Marines 3/14).

...The Eagles' 6-man rotation could end up being made up entirely of right-handed pitchers.  Iwakuma, Tanaka, and Satoshi Nagai are all right-handed.  After that, it could end up being Darrell Rasner, Koji Aoyama, and Akira Matsumoto.  Left-hander Hiromichi Fujiwara is also in the running for a spot in the rotation, so it's possible he could break up the righty arms.