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Nippon Ham, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: July 12, 2012

by on Jul.13, 2012 @ 3:01 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters announced on Thursday that Takayuki Kanamori's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 2,970 grams, at a hospital in Iwate on Tuesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2012, Official team website

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The Fighters are currently planning to keep Hideki Kuriyama on board for 2013 (he did sign a two-year deal before the start of this season).  Source: Sports Hochi 7/12/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Shunsuke Watanabe will likely be taken off the active roster on Friday after his second straight rough outing.  Over his last two starts, Watanabe has allowed eleven runs on sixteen hits (four home runs) over 6.1 innings of work.  Source: Sponichi 7/12/2012

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Thursday's rain-out may have been a blessing in disguise for Hayato Terahara because the blister on his right thumb had not fully healed (to a point where he was a little worried about throwing off-speed pitches).  Source: Sponichi 7/12/2012

Terahara did throw forty-seven pitches in the bullpen after the rain-out was announced.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2012

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Mitsutaka Goto was taken off the active roster on Wednesday because of his struggles at the plate.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/12/2012

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen after Thursday's game was called.  The rain-out pushed his start from Thursday to Friday.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/12/2012

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Motohiro Shima will invite about 420 students from Yamato Dai Ni Junior High School to an Eagles' game at Kleenex Stadium on Saturday.  Shima will be paying for the ten buses needed to take the kids to and from the game.  Source: Sponichi 7/12/2012

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines announced on Thursday that triathletes Ai Ueda and Yuichi Hosada will take part in the ceremonial first pitch festivities on July 16 (vs Rakuten at QVC Marine).  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2012