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Rakuten Eagles: March 21, 2010

by on Mar.21, 2010 @ 6:14 pm, under NPB

=== 3/22/2010 12:27am JST

...Despite giving up a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 9th on Sunday, Marty Brown still appears to have confidence in Kazuo Fukumori (or at least thinks he's the best-suited out of the current group of relievers in the pen).  Still, anything can change as Brown also said that he was still trying to figure out how to set the bullpen.

=== 6:14pm JST

...Hisashi Iwakuma started his 4th consecutive opening day game on Saturday and lost.  What's more, his streak of 8 consecutive victories against the Orix Buffaloes also came to an end (a streak that started on 8/14/2007).

Iwakuma also had his family in the stands -- wife Madoka and two children, Uta and Towa.

...Masahiro Tanaka threw about 50 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday in preparation for his start on Sunday.

...Some questions have been raised about Marty Brown's decision to remove the bunt sign in the 9th during Ryo Hijirisawa's at bat.  Probably even more so because Hijirisawa ended up grounding into a double play.