Koji Akiyama, in the final year of a three year deal, will be returning as manager next season -- acting team owner Kazuhiko Kasai told reporters it was a done deal. The terms will be worked out once the season ends.
Fumiya Nishiguchi is now 9 strikeouts away from 2,000 and 1 victory away from his first double-digit win season since 2005.
Hiroshi Hirao was taken off the active roster today because of pain in his left flank.
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Atsunori Inaba did make it into Saturday's game as a defensive replacement at first in the bottom of the 7th and tests on his right knee from the previous day did not reveal any problems. Inaba started at DH in today's game against the Softbank Hawks.
4 of the Eagles' last 6 games are walk-off losses.