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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: March 25, 2013

by on Mar.25, 2013 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB

The opening day starting rotation could be: Tadashi SettsuVicente Padilla, 1st round draft pick Nao HigashihamaKenji OtonariShota Takeda, and 6th round draft pick Hirofumi Yamanaka.

Kazuyuki Hoashi is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Naruohama on the 31st.  Yamanaka will pitch in a Ni-gun game on the 29th before his first Ichi-gun start on April 4 (vs Seibu at Seibu Dome).

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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Bryan LaHair could end up batting fourth on opening day with Wily Mo Pena in the five-hole.  Pena missed the last three exhibition games after taking an HBP off his left wrist.  LaHair was tested as a clean-up over the last six games of the exhibition game season and may have won the chance to bat fourth on opening day.

Seiichi Uchikawa will likely bat third and Nobuhiro Matsuda sixth.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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The Kyushu Symphony Ochestra will perform the national anthem on opening day.  Golden Bomber's Kenji Darvish is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.  

Source: official announcement

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A new entrance sign at YafuOku Dome was misspelled fuOku Dome.  The error was apparently caught after the sign went up.  The mistake was temporarily hidden with a white cloth.  A corrected version will be reprinted.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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Ever wanted to look like Wily Mo Pena?  Try the Be like Pena cap and beard.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013