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Yakult Swallows News and Notes: March 27, 2013

by on Mar.27, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

6th round draft pick Ryota Yachi is the only first-year position player in the CL to make the opening day roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/27/2013

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Orlando Roman started a Ni-gun game against Lotte on Tuesday and gave up a run on four hits over three innings of work.  He could make his first start of the regular season on the 31st against Hanshin at Jingu.

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013

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Junji Ogawa will apparently wait until the very last minute to decide on the starter for the game against Hanshin on the 31st.  It will either be Roman or Ryosuke Yagi.

Roman rejoined Ichi-gun practices today.

Source: Daily Sports 3/27/2013

Ogawa hinted to reporters today that Shohei Tateyama will be the opening day starter.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/27/2013

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Masanori Ishikawa will be using a pair of cleats that weigh about 250 grams, fifteen less than the model he used last season.  Many pitchers tend to use cleats that are between 350 and 400 grams.

Ishikawa's intro music this year will be Namie Amuro's In the Spotlight (Tokyo).

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013

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Yasushi Iihara (right gluteal strain) joined the Ichi-gun team on Tuesday.

Takehiko Oshimoto and Nariaki Kawasaki will report to Ni-gun.

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013

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Hanshin Tiger 1st round draft Shintaro Fujinami is likely responsible for the increase in ticket sales on the third base side for the Hanshin game on the 31st.

Source: Daily Sports 3/27/2013

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Former Swallow Yuya Kamada announced that he was going to retire on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013