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[9/17/2013] Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Sep.18, 2013 @ 3:03 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Shota Oba was sent back down to Ni-gun today for extra work.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Senichi Hoshino is not planning to set the starting rotation just to give Masahiro Tanaka a shot at 100 victories this season.  Instead, he wants to give Tanaka extra time in between starts to keep him fresh.

For now, it seems Tanaka's next start will come on the 21st against Nippon Ham on seven days of rest.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/17/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yuji Nishino started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on Tuesday and gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings of work.

Source: Sanspo 9/17/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes had to sit through a one-hour train delay on Monday because of the typhoon (Yamabiko 56 to Sendai).

Source: Sponichi 9/17/2013

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It is crunch time for the Orix Buffaloes.

"I told this to the trainer as well, it is not about whether or not [Takuya Shimada's] nose is broken.  It is about whether or not he can play.  There's not enough passion.  Ichi-gun is a battle field.  We need strength.  The things I say from here on out will be pretty severe," said Hiroshi Moriwaki.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2013

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The Buffaloes will be ready to discuss numbers with Dae-Ho Lee and Aarom Baldiris once the season ends.  The organization is hoping to keep both players in Orix uniforms.

Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2013

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The Buffaloes are reportedly no longer interested in Samsung reliever/closer Seung-Hwan Oh because they have a greater need for a starting pitcher.  They also apparently want to avoid getting into a bidding war with other NPB teams like Hanshin, Chunichi, and Rakuten.

The organization feels they can make do with their current closer Yoshihisa Hirano.

Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2013