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Softbank, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: April 17, 2012

by on Apr.17, 2012 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Yuki Yanagita played in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin today and collected three hits and three RBI, including a game-tying two-run homer in the 8th inning.

Orix Buffaloes

Kazuki Kondo joined the Ichi-gun team today.

Rakuten Eagles

Takahiro Shiomi was slated to start tonight's game against Lotte.  With the rain out, his start was pushed back to Wednesday.


Tadashi Ishimine and Ikuhiro Kiyota (LOT) ran the bases and did some head-first sliding in the rain for the fans that showed up.

Chiba Lotte Marines

According to Daily Sports, today's rain out may have been a good thing for the Marines because they were going to play two catchers short -- Tomoya Satozaki suffered a contusion on his right upper arm on April 13 and Masahiko Tanaka caught the flu on April 15; both have not been taken off the active roster because they are expected to return shortly; both were not going to play today.

The Marines did call up Shota Koike today to provide some insurance for Takeshi Kanazawa.


Seth Greisinger, who was supposed to start tonight's game against Rakuten, could end up starting Thursday's game.  That will in turn push Shunsuke Watanabe's first regular season start further back.

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