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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.

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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.

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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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