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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Seibu, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: April 18, 2012

by on Apr.18, 2012 @ 5:35 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Seiichi Uchikawa batted clean-up on Tuesday night for the first time since April 4, 2009.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.

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Sho Nakata went 3-for-4 Tuesday night.  It was his first modasho (three or more hits in a game) of the year and fifth of his career.

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The Fighters will host Boat Race Special Day on April 26 (Tokyo Dome).  Akina Minami is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch that day.

Seibu Lions

Kazuhisa Makita developed a cramp in his right calf while facing Tomohiro Nioka (HAM) in the 9th inning of Tuesday night's game.  But he managed to hang in and record his first complete game victory of the year.

"I could feel [my leg cramp up] each time I threw a fastball.  I did not want to throw it that much, but the fastball is my best pitch.  So I went with the cramps.  I just wanted to win," said Makita.

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According to Sponichi, Takeya Nakamura can run the fifty-meter in 6.3 seconds.

Orix Buffaloes

Kei Igawa started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima today and tossed three shutout innings while allow one hit.  He faced a total ten batters, threw thirty-six pitches, did not record any strikeouts or walk any batters, and topped out at 139km/h.  He is scheduled for another Ni-gun start on April 24 (vs Softbank).

Rakuten Eagles

Takahiro Shiomi threw about forty pitches in the bullpen after Tuesday's game was called due to rain.

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Kenji Tomura was originally scheduled to start tonight's game against Lotte.  But with the rain out on Tuesday, Shiomi's start was pushed back to today, leaving Tomura without a start.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tomoya Satozaki will likely start the game off the bench tonight.  Satozaki did not take part in pre-game batting practice and only did some running in the outfield.

Satozaki took a batted ball off his upper right arm while catching a game on April 13.

When asked how long it might take for a full recovery, Satozaki jokinly replied, "It could be tomorrow, or it could take a year."