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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Seibu, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: June 20, 2012

by on Jun.20, 2012 @ 5:29 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Shota Takeda started a Ni-gun game against Orix today and tossed five shutout innings while allowing four hits.  Source: Sponichi 6/20/2012

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Yuki Yanagita worked out with the Ichi-gun players on Tuesday.  He is a candidate to take Nobuhiko Matsunaka's spot on the roster as a left-handed bat off the bench.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2012

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Koji Akiyama told reporters on Tuesday that he thought Matsunaka would be able to return in ten days (June 28).  Source: Sponichi 6/20/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama told reporters on Tuesday he plans to go with a six-man starting rotation.  Yuki Saito will likely get Friday's start against Softbank.  With starters pitching on six days of rest, Saito will likely end getting every Friday start up through until the All-Star break.  The six days of rest will also probably help Saito -- so far this year, he has made five starts on six days of rest and is 2-3 with a 1.87 ERA; he has made four starts on five days of rest and is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2012

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Mitsuo Yoshikawa could get Saturday's start against Softbank.  Source: Sanspo 6/20/2012

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Takumi Oshima is trying out a number of different things to help him with his timing when he swings the bat.  One player he is currently checking out is Shinnosuke Abe (YOM).  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2012

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura started playing catch on Tuesday.  He also did some light running.  Said Nakamura, "I still can not run while raising my arm, but if I keep my arm relaxed, I can make easy throws.  There is still some pain, but it has gotten a little better."  Source: Sponichi 6/20/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Kei Igawa started today's Ni-gun game against Softbank and tossed one perfect shutout inning.  He also topped out at 141km/h.  Igawa's next Ni-gun rehab start will likely be against Hanshin on June 24.  Source: Sponichi 6/20/2012, Daily Sports 6/20/2012

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Orix GM Yoshio Murayama wants Takahiro Okada (left hamstring) to get back to Ichi-gun as soon as possible.  Okada is scheduled to play in Ni-gun rehab games today and Thursday.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/20/2012

Okada played in a Ni-gun game against Softbank today (DH, batted fourth) and went 1-for-3: ground out to third, infield single, strikeout.  He did not get a fourth at bat since he was replaced by a pinch-hitter.  Source: Sponichi 6/20/2012

Rakuten Eagles

Sports Hochi reminds everyone that Manabu Mima is still eligible for the Rookie of the Year award.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yuki Karakawa's official line from Tuesday's Ni-gun rehab start against Yakult: 5 IP, 19 BF, 68 NP, 2 H, 1 HR, 5 SO, 1 BB/HBP, 1 R, 1 ER.  He also topped out at 139km/h.  Source: Sports Hochi 6/20/2012