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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Seibu, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: April 10, 2012

by on Apr.10, 2012 @ 3:19 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Likely starters for the next three games (vs Nippon Ham at Yahoo Dome, Kitakyushu): Hiroki Yamada, Kenji Otonari, and Renyel Pinto.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito will likely get to start a game against Masahiro Tanaka (RAK) on April 13 at Sapporo Dome.

Seibu Lions

The Lions will likely call up Mitsugu Ishikawa today.

Orix Buffaloes

Current ETA on Kei Igawa, according to Sanspo: some time during Golden Week.

Rakuten Eagles

When reporters asked Senichi Hoshino what he thought about former high school rivals Masahiro Tanaka and Yuki Saito (HAM) pitching against he other, he half-jokingly replied, "How long are you guys going to drag along the high school line?  We are in the pros now!"

He then added, "[Saito] has two victories and [Tanaka] has none.  Things will not settle down until our ace gets that first victory."

Chiba Lotte Marines

Assuming no changes in the schedule, Takahiro Fujioka's next start will likely come on April 15 against Softbank (Yahoo Dome).

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The Marines will be giving away 2,000 free tickets to their games against the Orix Buffaloes on April 12 and the Rakuten Eagles on April 19.  There is one requirement: you need to be a first-year student -- like high school and college.