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PL News and Notes: Darvish, Saito (HAM) to start as planned

by on Sep.23, 2011 @ 3:41 am, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Fumiya Nishiguchi is just 9 strikeout away from 2,000.  Nishiguchi, whose next start is scheduled for the 25th against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine, told reporters he would do his best to make sure he got his 2,000th at Seibu Dome.

Chiba Lotte Marines

The windows to the entrance way of Lotte offices were shattered by the typhoon on Wednesday.  No one was injured since employees were allowed to return home early.  The shards of glass were cleared away Thursday morning.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Masataka Nashida told reporters that he doesn't plan on making any changes to their scheduled starters for their next two games because last night's rain out.  That is to say, Yu Darvish will still start Friday's game and Yuki Saito Saturday's game.

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Sho Nakata spent about 2 hours getting additional tests (like balance, hearing) at a hospital in Sapporo on Thursday.  Nakata is currently scheduled to meet with the coaches on Friday to figure out what steps to take next (results from his test should also be ready for review).

Rakuten Eagles

The Rakuten Eagles would like to see Ginji and Taishi Nakagawa win Ni-gun titles this season -- Ginji currently leads the Eastern League in batting average (.350 as of 9/21); Nakagawa leads the Eastern League in RBIs (62 as of 9/21).  Both players are on the active roster right now, but have been told that they'll be playing in at least two more upcoming Ni-gun games (9/26 and 9/27) in order to help them with the qualifications (at least for Ginji) and to keep them in the title races.

"We want to give them a chance to win a title on their own.  It'll help give the experience," said Ichi-gun strategy coach Toru Nimura.

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The Eagles plan on having around 2,000 same-day tickets available for Friday's game against the Softbank Hawks.

They also plan on giving away player support signs over their next 4 home games: a Hisashi Iwakuma version to the first 20,000 fans on 9/23; a Motohiro Shima version to the first 20,000 fans on 9/24; a Masahiro Tanaka version to the first 20,000 fans on 9/25; and a Takeshi Yamasaki version to the first 12,000 fans on 9/27.

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Kleenex Stadium appears to have suffered a little more damage from the typhoon than initially mentioned.  A Nikkan Sports report from Thursday notes that water ended up getting into some offices and shops inside the stadium and that staff were working on getting everything cleaned up in for tomorrow.