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PL News and Notes: Orix Buffaloes to demote Hikaru Ito, Seung-Yeop Lee, and Shunta

by on May.09, 2011 @ 11:16 am, under NPB

Orix Buffaloes

Yuki Nishi won his start yesterday against the Chiba Lotte Marines and has now won all four of his starts this season.  That makes him the first Orix pitcher to do that since Shigetoshi Hasegawa in 1993.

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The Buffaloes decided to demote the following three players after yesterday's game: Hikaru Ito, Seung-Yeop Lee, and Shunta.  In their places, the following three players will probably be activated: Takeshi Hidaka, So Taguchi, and Masato Fukae.

Rakuten Eagles

Akinori Iwamura has not managed to get into any sort of a groove this season: in 22 games he's 13-for-71 with 20 strikeouts, 6 walks, and a .455 OPS.  He has also already committed 5 errors at third this year (including an error in each of his last two games).

Kazuo Matsui hasn't been spectacular either, but he's doingbetter than Iwamura: in 22 games, he's 23-for-85 with 16 strikeouts, 4 walks, and .746 OPS.

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Senichi Hoshino turned down yesterday's post-game interview with the media again.  The Eagles also held an emergency team meeting after yesterday's loss.