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Rakuten, Orix: April 8, 2012

by on Apr.08, 2012 @ 11:45 pm, under NPB

Orix Buffaloes

Kei Igawa tossed batting practice at Kyocera Dome today.  He faced eleven batters and allowed one could be hit.  Of the forty-seven pitches he threw, twenty-six went for strikes.  He also topped out at 136km/h.

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The Buffaloes are playing it safe with Chihiro Kaneko and took him off the active roster on Saturday.  He is expected to return after ten days for a start against the Softbank Hawks (at Kyocera Dome) on April 17.

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The longest the Buffaloes have gone without a homer to start a season in franchise history: twenty-one games in 1946.

Rakuten Eagles

Kazuo Matsui played in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Saturday and went 1-for-2 with a stolen base.  He was the starting DH and batted first.

Matsui is slated to play in another Ni-gun game on Monday and could also take the field.  Assuming no setbacks, he might be able to return to the active roster as early as April 13.