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Nippon Ham Fighters: April 20, 2010

by on Apr.20, 2010 @ 3:01 pm, under NPB

...The Fighters are desperate and they're looking for anything that might finally help turn their nightmarish season around.  Seems their latest attempt will be to give Hirotoshi Masui another shot at a start on Tuesday against the Orix Buffaloes.  During his first start against the Softbank Hawks, Masui gave up 4 runs on 7 hits (including 2 homers) over 6 innings of work.  He also managed to top out at 151km/h.

Masui's Ni-gun numbers so far this year:

G W L Sv CG ShO WPCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA
3 1 1 0 0 0 .500 63 15.2 16 0 2 0 0 13 2 0 7 6 3.45

...Masao Kida will likely get a start at some point during the Fighters' nine game stretch that begins on 4/27.   If / when he does, it will be his 5th team he starts for (Yomiuri, Orix, Yakult, Los Angeles Dodgers, and now Nippon Ham).

...It appears there is no timetable on Sho Nakata's return to Ichi-gun.  Daily Sports calls it an "indefinite demotion" (無期限2軍調整).

...The Fighters announced on Monday that they'll be holding a fashion show (in collaboration with free magazine Bishojo Zukan) on the field prior to a game they'll be playing against the Yokohama Bay Stars on 5/22.  Seven models from the magazine will be taking part in the event.