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PL News and Notes: Masahiro Tanaka and Yu Darvish to face each other for the first time since 8/7/2009

by on Jul.19, 2011 @ 12:29 pm, under NPB

Seibu Lions

The Lions lost last night and are now 13 games under .500, a first for the team since 1979.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yu Darvish threw 35 pitches during his bullpen session at Sapporo Dome on the 17th.

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka will face Yu Darvish during his start tomorrow against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  The two will be facing off for the first time since 8/7/2009.  The two have faced each other 3 times in the past and Tanaka is 1-2 in those games.

9/19/2007 -- Rakuten Eagles 0 @ Nippon Ham Fighters 6 (Tokyo Dome)

Tanaka L, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 6 SO, 5 ER
Darvish W, 8 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 SO, 0 ER

9/26/2007 -- Rakuten Eagles 1 @ Nippon Ham Fighters 2 (Sapporo Dome)

Tanaka L, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 5 BB, 8 SO, 2 ER
Darvish ND, 8 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 9 SO, 0 ER

8/7/2009 -- Nippon Ham Fighters 1 @ Rakuten Eagles 3 (Kleenex Stadium)

Darvish L, 8 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 12 SO, 3 ER
Tanaka W, 8 IP, 10 H, 3 BB, 8 SO, 1 ER