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Rakuten Eagles: May 18, 2010

by on May.18, 2010 @ 6:20 pm, under NPB

...The Eagles haven't been very forthcoming with their starters for their games against the Yokohama Bay Stars tonight and tomorrow.  Kenji Tomura did end up getting the start tonight, but the Eagles waited to make the announcement until fairly late.  A Nikkan Sports article talks about how the Eagles are trying to "fake out" the Bay Stars by waiting.  And it seems the Eagles are going to wait out announcing their starter for tomorrow night, throwing mixed messages to the media:  Sponichi is carrying two articles, one that mentions Hisashi Iwakuma as a possibility to pitch tomorrow on three days rest; and a second article that mentions how Satoshi Nagai is slated for tomorrow's start, but that Darrell Rasner, Hiroshi Katayama, Shingo Matsuzaki, and Shinichiro Koyama are all possible candidates.

The second article also closes with the following quote by Marty Brown:

"Just like [Hiromitsu] Ochiai, I might wait until the very last minute to make a decision on which starter to go with."

...Kahoko Net is carrying an interview (in Japanese) with recently promoted Ichi-gun infield / base-running coach Yasuo Nagaike.