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PL News and Notes: July 18, 2011

by on Jul.19, 2011 @ 3:42 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Shota Oba will get tomorrow's start against the Seibu Lions at Yahoo Dome on the 19th since D.J. Houlton, who was originally scheduled to start the game, was taken off the active roster on the 15th because he wasn't feeling well.  Oba also threw 42 pitches in the bullpen during pre-game practice on Sunday.


NMB48 will be making an appearance at Yahoo Dome when the Hawks play host to the Seibu Lions on 7/19.  Their first single, Zetsumei Kurokami Shojo (絶滅黒髪少女), is scheduled for release the following day (7/20).

Chiba Lotte Marines

With their loss tonight, the Marines are guaranteed an under 500 record for the first half of the season.

Orix Buffaloes

Chihiro Kaneko modeled the retro Kintetsu Buffaloes uniforms (from between 1974 - 1977)  the team will be wearing during two upcoming series in August (8/12 - 8/14 vs Seibu and 8/26-8/28 vs Lotte).

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka worked out at Kleenex Stadium today in preparation for his next start on the 20th vs the Nippon Ham Fighters (at Tokyo Dome).  It'll most likely be his last start before the All-Star break.