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Yakult, Hanshin, Yokohama: March 30, 2012

by on Mar.30, 2012 @ 8:46 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Hiroyasu Tanaka and Tsuyoshi Ueda will likely start things off at the top of the line-up.

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A win today will give Masanori Ishikawa his fourth opening day victory of his career, tops in franchise history.

Hanshin Tigers

Matt Murton is scheduled to join the Ni-gun team today.

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Sanspo mentions that the Tigers decided to go with Tatsuya Kojima over Yasutomo Kubo on April 4.

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Yuya Ando will make his first regular season start on April 5 against the Yault Swallows at Jingu.

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Kohei Shibata will likely start in center and bat second; Hayata Ito will likely start in right and bat eighth.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kiyoshi Nakahata visited Noboru Aota's grave on Thursday morning to pay respects to his mentor/former coach.

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Alex Ramirez will be used only as a pinch-hitter for at least the first three games of the season.