Shota Takeda raced Terry Doyle on the Yahoo Dome stairs three times today.
Said Takeda with a smile, "Three races, three wins. I was about two steps ahead in all three races."
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2012
S. Takeda's next start will likely be against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine on July 29. He may then get regular starts on six days of rest (Sunday starts). Source: Sponichi 7/23/2012
Kazuhisa Makita and Yusei Kikuchi could start the first two games of the second-half (July 25, 26 vs Chiba Lotte Marines at Seibu Dome). Source: Sponichi 7/23/2012
Team GM Yoshio Murayama told reporters that he already had his meeting with Akinobu Okada. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/23/2012
Okada watched Alessandro Maestri throw forty pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.
Okada (via Sports Hochi Osaka), "[Maestri's] control does not look too bad. Could be an interesting [player to have around]. ... But we can not use him right now because we do not have any open foreign roster spots."
Okada (via Nikkan Sports), "[Maestri's] control does not look too bad and he can throw the change down low. He could be an interesting [player to have around]."
Okada (via Sponichi), "[Maestri] threw some good pitches and some bad pitches, but overall, not bad. ... His fastball was around 148 to 149 km/h and he also showed a good slider."
Maestri will likely be used as a starter at Ni-gun until something opens up.
The Buffaloes tested four other Ni-gun players during the break and probably will not promote any of them.
Yasunori Kikuchi faced eleven batters during situational batting practice at Kleenex Stadium today and allowed one hit. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2012
Chiba Lotte Marines
Yuta Omine joined the Ichi-gun team for full-squad workouts on Sunday for the first time since April 2011. He faced six batters during situational batting practice and allowed four hits. With Yuki Karakawa and Takahiro Fujioka out with injuries, the Marines are checking their Ni-gun options. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2012
Team president Iekuni Nakamura told reporters he is thinking about visiting the Ni-gun facilities to check on Fujioka's progress. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2012