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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: March 27, 2013

by on Mar.27, 2013 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB

2nd round draft pick Takahiro NorimotoBrandon Duckworth, and Manabu Mima, will likely start the opening series (vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome, March 29-31).  They will probably be followed by Masahiro TanakaKenji Tomura, and Yoshinao Kamata in the second series (vs Orix at Kleenex Stadium, April 2-4).

Source: Sponichi 3/27/2013

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Tanaka is slated to start the home opener on April 2 against Orix.

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013

Tanaka signed a spokesmodel agreement with bedding company Tokyo Nishikawa.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/27/2013

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Mima threw about eighty pitches in the bullpen today.  His first regular season start will likely come on the 31st against Softbank at YafuOku Dome.

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013

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Ichi-gun pitching coach Ryoji Moriyama was diagnosed with the flu.  Ni-gun chief pitching coach Tsutomu Sakai will take over as Ichi-gun pitching coach until Moriyama is ready to return.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2013

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The Eagles will be teaching a course on Practical Theory in Sports Management at Tohoku University, beginning in April.

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013