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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.


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.