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Softbank Hawks: March 15, 2012

by on Mar.15, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

Today's practice game against Rakuten at Kurashiki: Tadashi Settsu started the game and allowed a run on five hits over five innings of work. [Sports Hochi] ... Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit a two-run homer off the foul pole in right. [Sports Hochi]

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Hiroki Kokubo returned to Fukuoka on Wednesday so that he can focus on getting treatment for the tightness in his left calf.  He is expected to rejoin the team on March 18 and should be able against the Chiba Lotte Marines on March 20.

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Brad Penny was scratched from his Kyoiku League start on Wednesday because of lower back pain.  If Penny can not throw a certain amount of innings/pitches during his next outing (likely five innings and around eighty pitches on March 21 vs Nippon Ham), he could be swapped out of the starting rotation with someone that is more prepared.

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Koji Akiyama called over to Kenta Imamiya during workouts and asked him to try pushing him with his bat.

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Someone registered a fake Brian Falkenborg Twitter account.  It seems the account has since been removed.