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Rakuten Eagles: April 26, 2010

by on Apr.26, 2010 @ 2:57 pm, under NPB

...12-16-0 (5th place):  The Eagles went 4-1 this past week, including a very helpful, three game sweep of the Nippon Ham Fighters.  Norihiro Nakamura led the team in hitting, going 7-for-18 (.389) with 3 RBI and 5 R.  Daisuke Kusano helped power the offense with a homer and 6 RBI.

The Eagles are currently 8-5 at home and 4-11 on the road.

Upcoming schedule: the Eagles begin a 9-game stretch on Tuesday.  They will be play three against Softbank (at Yahoo Dome), three against Orix (at Kleenex Stadium), and three against Seibu (at Seibu Dome).

...Marty Brown on why Masahiro Tanaka only tossed 6 innings (108 pitches) on Sunday:

"He had already thrown a fair number of pitches.  It isn't as if there was pain in his shoulder or arm.  We don't want to tax [his arm] too much since we'd like him to pitch throughout the full season."