The Hawks will begin selling discounted ticket packs that include tickets for the Climax Series, beginning on Saturday (two S class reserved seats for games in September plus a voucher for two S class reserved seats for the Climax Series for 10,000 yen). If the team does not make it to the playoffs, the Climax Series tickets will become vouchers for opening day tickets next year. If the team does make it, ten fans that purchase the packs will have a chance to win tickets to the Nippon Series (assuming them make it that far). More detailed information can be found at the official team site.
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Dustin Molleken arrived at Narita Airport on Tuesday. He joined the Ichi-gun squad for workouts today. He also threw thirty-seven pitches in the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012, Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012, Daily Sports 7/20/2012
Hisanobu Watanabe does not want to work his veteran starters, like Kazuhisa Ishii and Fumiya Nishiguchi, too hard during the second half (ideally, he would like to start them on ten days of rest). To that end, he is hoping the younger starters step up and provide a little more consistency.
Kazuhisa Makita is slated to start the first game of the second-half on July 26 (vs Lotte at Seibu Dome).
Source: Sponichi 7/20/2012
Team GM Yoshio Murayama told reporters he plans to meet with Akinobu Okada during the All-Star break to talk about the second-half of the season. Source: Sponichi 7/20/2012
Alessandro Maestri, Shunta Goto, Nobuyoshi Yamada, Shuichi Furukawa, and Shuhei Kojima will have a chance to practice with the Ichi-gun team over a two-day period beginning on July 21. They may have a shot to make the active roster depending on how well their workouts go. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/20/2012