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Softbank, Seibu, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: April 2, 2012

by on Apr.02, 2012 @ 11:40 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Nagisa Arakaki gave his one-year-old daughter the game ball from his victory on Sunday.

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Kazuyuki Hoashi started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Sunday and allowed eight runs on eleven hits over six innings of work.

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura recorded his second game where he hit a homer and his team won, 1-0.  This is also the fourth time he homered within the first three games of the season: second game of the season in 2008, third game of the season in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Orix Buffaloes

Chihiro Kaneko will likely make his first regular season start on April 6 against the Rakuten Eagles (at Kyocera Dome).  Kaneko threw eighty-five pitches in the bullpen on Sunday and will most likely toss one more session before making his first Ichi-gun start of the year.

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Kei Igawa threw about sixty pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.  It was his first bullpen since joining the team.

Rakuten Eagles

Jim Heuser joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts.

Luis Garcia was taken off the active roster today; he will return to Mexico to spend some time with his wife and new daughter.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Hayden Penn will likely start Wednesday's game against Seibu at Seibu Dome.

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The Marines have started the season with three or more wins just four times in franchise history: three straight in 1950, seven straight in 1952, three straight in 1957, and now three straight in 2012.  And 1st round draft pick Takahiro Fujioka became the fifth player in franchise history (since the start of the draft in 1965) to record a victory in their first career start.  The other four: Akira Kuramochi (1972), Tokinari Nishina (1977), Akira Ishikawa (1983), and Yuki Karakawa (2008).