Shota Takeda is slated to start Sunday's game against the Rakuten Eagles. If he gets the win, he will become the first rookie out of high school to start his Ichi-gun career 4-0 since Tsuneo Horiuchi in 1966. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 8/10/2012
Incidentally, Masahiro Tanaka will likely get the start for the Rakuten Eagles.
Akinobu Okada turned down post-game interview requests after his team became the first in the PL to lose fifty games this season. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 8/10/2012
Yuki Nishi was evaluated at a hospital in Kobe on Thursday. While no major issues were found, the team is planning to shut him down for about a week. Source: Sports Hochi 8/10/2012
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Yuki Karakawa (right elbow inflammation) likely will not be ready to return to the active roster until some time in September. While he was throwing at about sixty to seventy percent, the team shut him down on Tuesday because his condition was not improving all that much. Source: Sports Hochi Tweet