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Rakuten Eagles: March 22, 2010

by on Mar.22, 2010 @ 3:55 pm, under NPB

=== 11:58pm JST

...The last time the Eagles started the season with three consecutive losses was in 2008.

=== 3:55pm JST

...Masahiro Tanaka threw 37 sliders and 29 fastballs (out of 107 pitches) on Sunday.  He also only topped out at 145km/h.  Compare that to his first start in 2009: 69 fastballs (out of 124 pitches) while topping out at 152km/h (he threw 14 pitches over 150km/h).

It seems he threw the slider so much because it was the only pitch that was working for him.  And that meant batters had time to adjust.

...Takeshi Yamasaki went 0-for-7 (4 SO, DP) over his first two games of the regular season.  He picked up his first hit during his first at bat on Monday.