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Nippon Ham, Rakuten, Lotte: Whitesell helps Marines win first opening day game since 2004

by on Mar.31, 2012 @ 6:46 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

According to Sponichi, Yuki Saito became the eleventh pitcher in franchise history to record a complete game victory on opening day; the fourth to record a complete game victory in his first opening day start; and the first to record a complete game victory within his first two seasons with club since Eishiro Yoshie in 1948.

Rakuten Eagles

Team chairman Hiroshi Mikitani and owner Toru Shimada attended Friday's season opener at Kleenex Stadium.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Josh Whitesell went 3-for-5 with two RBI and helped the Marines win their first opening day game since 2004.

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Yoshihisa Naruse picked up his first opening day victory in his third attempt.