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Mazda All-Star Game 2012 Updates: July 20, 2012

by on Jul.20, 2012 @ 5:18 pm, under NPB

Some updates from July 20 (post will be updated throughout the day, as needed):

Yuki Saito (Nippon Ham) is scheduled to pitch three innings tonight.  Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2012

He told reporters his first pitch will be a fastball.  Source: Sponichi 7/20/2012

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Shinya Miyamoto (Yakult) is slated to start at third and bat eighth in tonight's game.  Source: Sponichi 7/20/2012

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Katsuki Akagawa (Yakult) is planning to spend some time hanging around the other left-handed starters on the All-Star roster and perhaps get some pointers on how to throw a change.  Source: Sanspo 7/20/2012

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Dae-Ho Lee (Orix) wants to make as much noise (as in cheering) on the bench as possible.

"I was a manager selection so I need to be vocal.  I need to prepare my throat.  Maybe I should get a megaphone.  If there is an MVP for setting the mood or for cheering, I will go for that, but I am not really thinking about the game MVP," said Lee jokingly to reporters.

Source: Sanspo 7/20/2012, Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012

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Koji Akiyama (PL manager) is worried about all the traveling and the chance of rain on July 23 (game three in Morioka).  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012

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Tetsuya Utsumi (Yomiuri), Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri), Hiroyuki Nakajima (Seibu), and Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten) will be wearing Olympic-colored cleats designed by adidas.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012

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Takashi Toritani (Hanshin) will be using a flashy glove.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012 (Image taken from Nikkan Sports)

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Atsunori Inaba (Nippon Ham) will be sporting NIKE cleats that have the letters "XXXIX / MMXII" (or 39 / 2012) printed near the heel counter.  The meaning behind the numbers: Inaba became the thirty-ninth player to reach 2,000 hits in 2012.  Source: Sanspo 7/20/2012 (Image taken from Sanspo)

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UPDATE 7/20 @ 5:40pm - If/when Masahiko Morifuku (Softbank) gets a shot at pitching, he may drop his arm angle down even more.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012