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Nippon Ham, Seibu, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: April 3, 2012

by on Apr.03, 2012 @ 11:34 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

TV Ratings for the home opener (Sapporo TV): 31.6%, peaked at 39.4% 8:50pm, just before Yuki Saito took the mound in the 9th.

The 31.6% rating set a new high for a regular season game that was broadcast by Sapporo TV.  The previous high of 29.4% was set last year on April 17 when Saito pitched in a game against Lotte at Sapporo Dome.

Seibu Lions

Pro boxer Takashi Uchiyama was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch today.  Because of the rain out, he will now throw out the first pitch tomorrow.

Orix Buffaloes

Akinobu Okada could have a chance to watch Kei Igawa toss a bullpen session as early as April 6.

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles announced the guests that will be on hand for their two game series at Koshien Stadium (vs Seibu, April 10-11).

April 10: talento Misako Yasuda will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, Masaki Ueda will sing the national anthem.

April 11: former sumo wrestler Takanohana will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, Yukari Onishi will sing the national anthem.

Chiba Lotte Marines

With Seth Greisinger starting Wednesday's game because of today's rain out, Hayden Penn's start will be skipped -- this will allow Yoshihisa Naruse to start the home opener on April 6.

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Carlos Rosa's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 4,081 grams, at a hospital in New York on April 2 @ around 4am (US time).