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Nippon Ham Fighters: March 25, 2010

by on Mar.25, 2010 @ 9:08 pm, under NPB

...A number of media outlets are wondering how Sho Nakata will do in the outfield at Chiba Marine Stadium.  Sports Hochi's article also mentions three dates when games were canceled due to strong winds: 4/23/199, 5/8/1997, and 4/17/2002.

...Yu Darvish's next start will likely be against the Chiba Lotte Marines on the 27th.  When reporters asked Masataka Nashida if he might impose a pitch count limit on Darvish, he simply said that he doesn't think so far in advance and that those types of decisions need to be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Incidentally, Hokkaido Shimbun feels the very wind that could cause Nakata problems in the outfield might help Yu Darvish out by making his off-speed pitches, particularly his one-seamer, move around a bit more than usual.

...Takahiro Matsuka cracked the nail on his right middle finger during his last outing on the 14th (exhibition game against the Yakult Swallows).  He was demoted to Ni-gun shortly after that in order to recover.  Matsuka is currently making use of a fake nail (had it done at a nail saloon) and will likely be promoted to the active roster on the 26th, just in time to make himself useful in the pen for the Chiba Lotte Marines series.  He joined up with the Ichi-gun roster on Wednesday and tossed about 40 pitches in the bullpen.

...Yoshio Itoi took some extra soft toss BP after general practice on Wednesday.

...The Fighters have posted more details on their joint venture with Sapporo TV (STV) to help edumacate women on baseball through various courses that will be held after Wednesday night games in April (Ladies' Day).  For 10,000 yen, it seems you'll get tickets to three games, three 1.5 hour courses on baseball, and a replica uniform.

...McDonald's and the Fighters are holding two contests geared towards kids.  One is playing catch with a parent on the field at Sapporo Dome and the other is running the bases at Hakodate Chiyogadai Baseball Stadium.

...There was an Inaba Jump Kit presentation ceremony in Hakodate on Wednesday, all part of the Inaba Jump Project.