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Rakuten Eagles: March 23, 2010

by on Mar.23, 2010 @ 9:30 pm, under NPB

=== 3/24/2010 12:09am JST

...The Eagles scouting report on Shogo Yamamoto:

He throws a lot of forkballs.  Forget about the pitches down low.  Focus on mistake sliders and fastballs.

Six of their seven hits off Yamamoto were on fastballs.

Their scouting report on Mamoru Kishida:

Use what you learn during your first AB against him, in your second AB against him.

=== 3/23/2010 9:30pm JST

...Kenji Tomura graduated from Rikkyo University on Monday.

...Marty Brown tried to mix things up on Monday by benching both Ryo Hijirisawa and Andy Phillips.  Hijirisawa did hit safely in both of the two games to start the regular season, but with Shogo Yamamoto on the mound, Brown decided to play the percentages.  Phillips was likely benched because of his 0-for-7 start.

And while the Eagles knew they would be facing Mamoru Kishida at some point during the series, it seems they weren't quite prepared to face him.

...The Eagles were 22-17 in 1-run games last season.

...The Eagles have more information about their Ni-gun home opener against the Yomiuri Giants (4/3-4/4) at their official site.