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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Seibu, Lotte: August 14, 2012

by on Aug.14, 2012 @ 6:03 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Terry Doyle is apparently a fan of curry rice.  He is also scheduled to start Thursday's game against Lotte.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/14/2012

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There is a chance Hideki Okajima will replace Masahiko Morifuku as the closer.

Said pitching coach Ikuo Takayama, "Morifuku has done a great job taking over for [Brian] Falkenborg and [Takahiro] Mahara.  But [closing] takes an emotional toll on players and he looks a little tired lately.  We need to think about another place for him to pitch in, not just for him, but also for the team."

The coaches are also considering other options -- like Yoshiaki Fujioka and Akihiro Yanase -- since they are unsure of how Okajima will handle the closer role (age, pitching on consecutive days).

Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 8/14/2012, Nikkan Sports 8/14/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama is in no rush to add Yuki Saito back to the active roster and will wait until he is ready.  And when Saito does make it back to Ichi-gun, Kuriyama will not be afraid to drop him back to Ni-gun if he does not pitch well.

Saito's next start at Ni-gun will likely take place during a road series against Rakuten (August 18-19).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/14/2012

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura should be back in the starting line-up today.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/14/2012

Chiba Lotte Marines

Kazunari Abe will likely start Wednesday's game against Softbank.  Source: Daily Sports 8/14/2012

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Takahiro Fujioka is slated to rejoin the Ichi-gun team for workouts beginning on Friday in preparation for his start on Sunday against Nippon Ham (at Sapporo Dome).  Source: Sanspo 8/14/2012