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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Seibu, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: June 19, 2012

by on Jun.19, 2012 @ 6:18 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Hiroki Yamada will likely be given the start on June 22 against Nippon Ham.  Yamada is 6-3 with a 1.65 ERA in twelve career games against the Fighters.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/19/2012

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Hiroki Kokubo took fifty swings during live batting practice at the Saitozaki training facilities on today.  He also took some fielding practice.  Kokubo could be added back to the active roster some time later this month.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/19/2012

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Nobuhiko Matsunaka will need to wear a brace on his left wrist (sprain) for three to four days.  Source: Sponichi 6/19/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata hit homers in back-to-back at bats on Monday for the third time in his career.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/19/2012

Seibu Lions

Hideaki Wakui started today's Ni-gun game against Yokohama today, but the game was called in the middle of the 1st inning (as he faced the third batter of the inning).  Line: 0.1 IP, 2 BF, 1 H, 0 R.  Source: Sports Hochi 6/19/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Kei Igawa may not make it back to the active roster until some time in early July.  Igawa is currently scheduled for a short Ni-gun rehab start (couple innings) against Softbank on June 20.  He will then get at least one more Ni-gun rehab start (around five innings) during a three game series against Chunichi that begins on June 29.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/19/2012, Sponichi 6/19/2012

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Akinobu Okada is thinking about starting Chihiro Kaneko and Hayato Terahara on five days of rest through to the the All-Star break.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/19/2012

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The Buffaloes announced today that the Vienna Boys Choir will sing the national anthem on July 1.  They will also take part in the ceremonial first pitch.  Source: Sponichi 6/19/2012, Daily Sports 6/19/2012

Rakuten Eagles

Yoshinao Kamata's next two starts could come against Lotte (June 24 at Kleenex Stadium) and Softbank (July 1 at Kleenex Stadium).  Source: Sports Hochi 6/19/2012

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yuki Karakawa started a Ni-gun game against Yakult today and allowed one run on two hits over five innings of work.  He also struck out six.  Karakawa also told reporters that his right shoulder was feeling better.  He could return to the active roster on June 26 (vs Seibu at QVC Marine).  Source: Daily Sports 6/19/2012

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The Marines are planning to feature Katsuya Kakunaka on team posters for July.  They are also thinking about new merchandising opportunities with Kakunaka.  Source: Sports Hochi 6/19/2012