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PL News and Notes: Takahiro Okada (ORI) should be back in the starting line-up tomorrow

by on Jun.15, 2011 @ 12:22 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

D.J. Houlton will probably start Thursday's game against the Chunichi Dragons (Nagoya Dome).

Nippon Ham Fighters

Masataka Nashida is apparently happy with Yuki Saito's progress at Ni-gun and is planning on adding him back to the active roster at some point after Inter-league play ends (likely in time for a start on the 29th vs Lotte).

Said Nashida, "He lost a fair amount of weight.  I'm thinking of using him again once Inter-league play ends."

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Eiichi Koyano (left hamstring) was added to the active roster today.  Since he still isn't quite 100%, Nashida plans on using him off the bench as a pinch-hitter.

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The Fighters announced that they'll be releasing a CD full of a player intro songs (20 tracks).  The CD will hit store shelves on 7/12 for 2,500 yen.

Orix Buffaloes

Takahiro Okada was left out of the starting line-up today because he wasn't 100% (he hurt his knee during a game against the Yakult Swallows on the 9th) and because the Yokohama Bay Stars were starting a lefty.  Okada did, however, make it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th (strikeout swinging).  Akinobu Okada told reporters that Okada would be back in starting line-up (at first) tomorrow.

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Seung-Yeop Lee's streak of striking out in 7 straight at bats ended when he entered tonight's game as a pinch-hitter in the 6th and grounded out to second.

FYI: the PL record of 9 was set by Teppei (RAK) in 2006.