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PL News and Notes: August 1, 2011

by on Aug.01, 2011 @ 9:28 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Yhency Brazoban worked out with the other pitchers at Yahoo Dome today.  Said Brazoban, "I'm feeling good.  I'm ready to pitch whenever the manager needs me to pitch.  I want to make it to the Ichi-gun roster as soon as possible."

While Brazoban will likely start things out at Ni-gun, he did travel with the team to Osaka after practice today.  He's also scheduled to toss a bullpen session tomorrow.

"I want to to see him [toss a bullpen session] in Osaka first," said Koji Akiyama.  "We need him to get used to Japanese baseball."

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines will be playing a game against Toyo University on 8/4.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito is scheduled to start tomorrow's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines (at Sapporo Dome).

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka picked up his 10th victory of the season and lowered his ERA to an NPB-leading 1.16.  Tanaka's July numbers:

5 G, 5 GS, 3-1, 41.0 IP, 32 H, 32 SO, 8 BB, 6 R, 5 ER, 1.10 ERA, 0.98 WHIP

Tanaka is also the first pitcher out of high school to record double-digit wins in 4 out of 5 seasons since Yu Darvish (HAM) and Hideaki Wakui (SEI) in 2009.