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Rakuten Eagles: March 28, 2010

by on Mar.28, 2010 @ 9:39 pm, under NPB

=== 3/29/2010 3:10am JST

...The Eagles were one loss away from tying their franchise high of 5 losses to start a season (set in 2006 during Katsuya Nomura's first year as manager).

=== 9:39pm JST

...From Sunday's game against the Seibu Lions:

...So it took for the Eagles to break out of a 4-game losing streak was a 10-inning complete game from Masahiro Tanaka.  Tanaka also topped out at 146km/h.

Tanaka's final line: 10 IP, 36 BF, 118, 5 H, 6 SO, 1 BB, R, ER.

...There's mention that Kazuo Fukumori was demoted to Ni-gun because he was feeling some discomfort in his right elbow.  Either the timing for the injury couldn't have come at a better time, or they wanted to save everyone some face by making up some conveniently plausible injury and using that as a cause for demotion.