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Nippon Ham, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: April 1, 2012

by on Apr.01, 2012 @ 10:25 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

There is a good chance Yuki Saito could start the opener for the Inter-league season at Koshien Stadium (May 15 vs Hanshin).

Orix Buffaloes

Chihiro Kaneko could make his first start of the regular season on April 6 (vs Rakuten at Kyocera Dome).  Kaneko threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen on Friday.

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Akinobu Okada blamed himself for the team's loss on Saturday.  Said Okada, "It was tight game, we had a one-run lead.  [Shinya] Nakayama and Ming-Chieh [Hsu]...  I made a bad choice.  The stupid manager that changes the pitcher is the only fool."

Rakuten Eagles

Senichi Hoshino's April Fool joke: he told reporters about his plan to use batting coach Hiromoto Okubo as a pinch-hitter.

Chiba Lotte Marines

1st round draft pick Takahiro Fujioka threw fifty-two pitches in the bullpen on Friday.