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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Orix, Lotte: August 3, 2012

by on Aug.03, 2012 @ 4:47 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Brandon Allen arrived in Japan on Thursday.  He will be with the Ichi-gun roster for three days, beginning today.  If the coaching staff believes he is ready to play, he could make his NPB debut as early as August 7.  Source: Sports Hochi 8/3/2012

The Hawks held a press conference for Allen today at Yahoo Dome.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/3/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito threw sixty-seven pitches in the bullpen at Kamagaya on Thursday.  He also had a chance to speak to Hideki Kuriyama.  Source: Sports Hochi 8/3/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Kei Igawa topped out at 146km/h five times on Thursday.  He also hit 145km/h six times.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/3/2012

He left the game on Thursday with some pain in his left side.  He is not expected to miss his next start.  Source: Daily Sports 8/3/2012

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Buffaloes' GM Yoshio Murayama told reporters on Thursday that he already had contact with So Taguchi and is hoping to meet with him soon.

"I have already heard from [Taguchi].  He said he was going to spend some time with his family.  I would like to talk to him, as well as recognize him for his services [to the team]," said Maruyama.

Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 8/3/2012

Chiba Lotte Marines

Josh Whitesell on his first NPB grand slam, via Sanspo: "This is a first for me in Japan and I am excited about how great everything turned out.  I think the last [grand slam I hit] was back when I was in Triple-A in 2008.  It was so long ago that I do not remember."

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Daichi Suzuki was named after Daichi Suzuki -- won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in the 100m backstroke.  His sister, Yuka, was named after figure skater Yuka Sato; his brother, Tatsunori, was named after Tatsunori Hara.

Suzuki did not like his name when he was a kid because people would look at him when they called out his name.  But he has come to like the name because it is easy to remember.

Source: Sponichi 8/3/2012