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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Seibu, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: August 7, 2012

by on Aug.07, 2012 @ 4:13 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Sho Iwasaki could make an Ichi-gun start against the Rakuten Eagles (at Yahoo Dome) on August 10.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012

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With Hitoshi Tamura, Nobuhiro Matsuda, and Nobuhiko Matsunaka hurt, Wily Mo Pena, Hiroki Kokubo, and Yuki Yanagita are among the candidates to bat clean-up.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters traveled to Obihiro on Monday.  The team was split in two: pitchers and young players in one group and the rest in the other group.  It took the first group about five hours to get to Obihiro from Sapporo Station because of heavy rain (a 117-minute delay).  The second group left about an hour and ten minutes later than the first group and lucked out because they were able to transfer off the train and take a bus the rest of the way -- they arrived at the team hotel in Obihiro at about the same time as the first group.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012, Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012

Seibu Lions

Sumitani Ginjiro (25) will file marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman living in Tokyo.  The two were introduced to each other through a common friend in March 2009 and began seeing each other in January 2011.  They started living together in January this year.  Source: Sponichi 8/7/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Likely starters for the Rakuten series (August 7-9 at Kleenex Stadium): Hiroshi Kisanuki, Kei Igawa, and Hayato Terahara.  Source: Daily Sports 8/7/2012

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Alessandro Maestri could make his Ichi-gun debut with a start against Lotte (at QVC Marine) on August 12.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012

Ni-gun stats: 5 G, 0-1, 14 IP, 59 BF, 10 H, 0 HR, 7 BB, 12 SO, 2 WP, 4 R, 2 ER, 1.29 ERA

Rakuten Eagles

Daily Sports notes that owner Hiroshi Mikitani could formally offer Senichi Hoshino a contract extension during the Orix series that begins tonight -- Mikitani is scheduled to watch all three games in-person.

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines may try to invite Olympic Bronze medalist swimmer Kosuke Hagino to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at QVC Marine.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012