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[4/7/2013] Nippon Ham, Rakuten

by on Apr.07, 2013 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

1st round draft pick Shohei Otani could make his Ichi-gun starting pitcher debut on either May 8 or May 9 (vs Rakuten at Sapporo Dome).

Otani is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Lotte on the 11th (five innings, fifty to eighty pitches).  After that, he will pitch in two more Ni-gun games (one will be on the 20th against the Futures) before embarking on his first Ichi-gun start.

Source: Sanspo 4/7/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles are so far 2-0 when owner Hiroshi Mikitani is in attendance.

Source: Sanspo 4/7/2013

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For the first time in franchise history, the Eagles have managed to avoiding losing their first three straight series.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/7/2013