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Chunichi Dragons: March 20, 2012

by on Mar.20, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

The Ni-gun Dragons greeted about 1,300 fans before their home opener against the Hanshin Tigers at Nagoya Stadium today.

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Today's Ni-gun game against the Hanshin Tigers at Nagoya Stadium: 1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi started at third and batted first.  He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.  Takahashi has not collected a hit in his last fourteen straight plate appearances (includes Ichi-gun exhibition games). [Nikkan Sports]

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Kazuki Yoshimi will most likely pitch in one more game before the start of the regular season: March 24 against the Rakuten Eagles at Nagoya Dome.

Morimichi Takagi told reporters today that Yoshimi will be the opening day starter.

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Nikkan Sports mentions that as things currently standing, the first three starting pitchers of the regular season will be Yoshimi, Kenshin Kawakami, and Masahiro Yamamoto.  Sports Hochi Osaka feels Yamamoto will start the second game of the season over Kawakami.

With regards to the starting line-up, a separate Nikkan Sports report notes that with Masahiro Araki batting lead-off, Yohei Oshima could bat second with Hirokazu Ibata batting sixth.

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Yamamoto is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against the Seibu Lions.