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PL News and Notes: Akinobu Okada likely to continue on as Orix manager

by on Sep.24, 2011 @ 7:44 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

More on the Hawks' 151st stolen base of the season: the last team to reach the 150 mark: the 1997 Seibu Lions when they stole 200 bases.  In the CL, it's the 1986 Yokohama Taiyo Whales with 180.  The last time the Hawks stole a 150 or more bases: in 1964 when they stole 171 bases and were called the Nankai Hawks.

Seibu Lions

The Lions have won their last 4 games in come-from-behind fashion:

9/23 vs Lotte: down 4-0 in the bottom of the 4th, they cut the lead in half by scoring 2 runs in the inning. They later tied the game with 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th and took the lead with 2 more runs in the bottom of the 8th.  Final score: 6-4.

9/20 vs Nippon Ham: they initially took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th but relinquished the lead by giving up 4 runs in the top of the 6th.  They quickly tied the game in the bottom half of the 6th and went on to take a 1-run lead in the bottom of the 7th.  Final score: 5-4.

9/19 vs Nippon Ham: the Fighters carried a 3-0 lead until the Lions put up a 7-spot in the bottom of the 7th.  Final score: 7-5.

9/18 vs Rakuten: the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd and kept it until the Lions tied it in the bottom of the 6th.  They then took the game in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 9th.  Final score: 2-1.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yu Darvish didn't have his best stuff on Friday and tried to make the necessary adjustments (pitching from the wind until the 3rd, pitching from the set beginning in the 4th with no runners on, dropping the arm angle, not using the wind in the 8th) during the game but really couldn't get things going.

On a side note: Farsa Darvish was at the game (he was in charge of inviting kids to watch a baseball game through one of Darvish's charities) and told reporters it wasn't his place to tell Darvish what to do and that Darvish would be the one that sits down and talks to the Fighters after the end of the season.  Farsa also said he hoped that Darvish would pitch in the Majors at some point in the future.

Orix Buffaloes

Sanspo reports that Akinobu Okada will likely continue on as manager next season, regardless of whether or not he makes the Climax Series.  An official announcement could be made in the coming days.

Okada is currently in the 2nd year of a 3 year deal.

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The Orix Buffaloes are planning to wear their "third uniform" more often next season.

"People seem to like it, so there's talk about increasing the number of times we use the uniform," said an unnamed club source.  "There have also been a lot of dramatic games.  Right now, [we only wear the uniforms] on Sundays, but we might make that Saturdays and Sundays; Saturdays and holidays; or Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays."

It helps that the team is also 3-1 in the four games they wore the third uniforms this season.