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Rakuten: Hoshino, Tanaka would be happy to have Iwakuma back

by on Nov.23, 2010 @ 10:59 am, under MLB, NPB

If Hisashi Iwakuma ends up returning to the Rakuten Eagles, he'll make Masahiro Tanaka, Motohiro Shima, and Senichi Hoshino happy campers.

Tanaka: "I don't want to be inconsiderate of Iwakuma's feelings, but for me and for the team, [having him around next year] is big.  He is our ace and whenever we pitch in the same series, I always take notes."

Shima: "I know he'll be able to win 10-15 games.  I think we'd also have a chance to win it all, so I'd do my best to play with him."

Hoshino: "I can't really be 100% happy until I hear it from the club, but I was in the middle of trying to figure out how to replace a [double-digit-win] pitcher."