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Orix Buffaloes: March 24, 2012

by on Mar.24, 2012 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB

Shinya Nakayama will likely make his first regular season start on March 31 against Softbank at Yahoo Dome.  Yuki Nishi will likely make his on April 5 against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome.

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Dae-Ho Lee was officially made a Sports Tourism Meister during a ceremony at Kyocera Dome today.

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Akinobu Okada was not especially happy that Yoshihisa Hirano did not use his fastball more against the Hanshin Tigers on Friday.

"[Hirano] has good velocity so I would not say anything if they hit has fastball.  But [Arai] was fouling his fastball off and I do not know why he ran away and decided to go with an off-speed pitch.  He needs to think about that, as does the catcher.  Stuff like this can kill the outcome of the game," said Okada.

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In addition to suffering a mandibular alveolar fracture, 7th round draft pick Shuhei Kojima also broke four of his bottom front teeth.