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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: March 28, 2013

by on Mar.28, 2013 @ 11:40 pm, under NPB

1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama has apparently been dropped from the opening day starting rotation -- he was informed that his next outing would be at Ni-gun.

The first-half of the rotation: Tadashi SettsuHiroki Yamada, and Shota Takeda.  The second-half: Kenji Otonari, 6th round draft pick Hirofumi Yamanaka, and Vicente Padilla.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2013

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Higashihama is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Naruohama on Friday.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/28/2013

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Today's Ni-gun game against Chunichi:

Padilla started the game and allowed one run on four hits over five innings of work.  His first regular season start will likely come on April 4 against Seibu at Seibu Dome.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2013 ... Yamanaka relieved Padilla and allowed four runs on five hits over four innings of work.  He is slated to make his first start of the regular season on April 3 against Seibu at Seibu Dome.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2013

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Yuichi Honda has gone back to a smaller leg kick when swinging the bat.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2013