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PL News and Notes: Orix Buffaloes rotation likely set for next 3 series

by on Sep.13, 2011 @ 3:36 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Takahiro Mahara is set to re-join the active roster on Tuesday (9/13).  In three Ni-gun rehab outings Wada gave up 3 runs over 3 innings of work.

The Hawks may also look to Brian Falkenborg and Masahiko Morifuku to help lighten the workload by using all three as closers down the stretch.

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Tsuyoshi Wada held a departure ceremony on Monday for the mini bus he purchased for the Fukushima High School Baseball Federation.  The bus will provide transportation to children that play baseball in the Soso, Fukushima area.

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The media learned on Monday that the Hawks have continued to talk to Toshiya Sugiuchi (domestic FA option in April), Munenori Kawasaki (international FA option in May), and Wada (international FA option September) about staying with the team despite earning their FA options this season.

While the Hawks originally planned to wait until the end of the season to reach out to the three, they decided it might be better to start discussions early in order to make sure the three players knew just how important they were to the team.  And even though numbers probably haven't been exchanged yet, it is thought the Hawks could offer each 4-5 year deals.

Seibu Lions

The Lions will likely use a 6-man rotation during their 9-game stretch that begins today.

Yusei Kikuchi's next two start (all on 5 days of rest) could come on the 15th vs Softbank and on the 21st vs Nippon Ham.  That might change is coming off left shoulder problems (last year) and has yet to pitch on 5 days of rest since turning pro.  But Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters that he wanted to let Kikuchi experience a number of different things this season and that even starting on 4 days of rest might do him so good.

On Monday, Kikuchi spent some time working out (mostly running) at Yahoo Dome.

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Kosuke Noda has decided to retire after the current season (due to right shoulder pains).

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata worked out (indoor BP in the cages and some running) at Kamagaya on his day off Monday.

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Yuki Saito's next start will likely come on the 16th against the Softbank Hawks (Yahoo Dome).

Pitching coach Hiroshi Shibakusa told reporters yesterday that he'd like Saito to finish the year with at least 8 victories, if possible (he's currently at 5).

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Yu Darvish could change his intro music to something by popular Korean group Choshinsei.  Why?  Kwangsoo Kim, one of the members of the group, tweeted that baseball for him was about Ichiro and Yu Darvish.  Kim then told fans that if Darvish changed his intro song to something they sang, he'd give everyone a big present.  That got the fans buzzing and ultimately got him to consider using one of their songs.  Via Sponichi.

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes' potential rotation for the 9-game stretch that begins today:

vs Rakuten (9/13 - 9/15): Chihiro Kaneko, Shinya Nakayama, Hayato Terahara

vs Lotte (9/16 - 9/18): Yuki Nishi, Evan MacLane, Alfredo Figaro

vs Softbank (9/19 - 9/21): Kaneko, Nakayama, Terahara (all on 5 days of rest)

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The Buffaloes announced on Monday that J1 Gamba Osaka soccer players Yosuke Fujigaya (G) and Shoki Hirai (FW) will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on 9/20 (vs Softbank at Kyocera Dome).

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles announced the following upcoming giveaways:

9/19 vs Lotte - free cup noodles to the first 17,000 fans that arrive for the game (every gate)

9/20 vs Lotte - free Lipovitan D to the 8,000 fans that arrive for the game (open area in the front of the stadium)

9/24 and 9/25 vs Softbank - free food from the Miyagi area to the first 1,000 fans that arrive for the game (at various booths in the open area in front of the stadium).