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[9/26/2013] Masahiro Tanaka could be on the mound if Rakuten Eagles are in position to clinch tonight

by on Sep.26, 2013 @ 5:35 pm, under NPB

Senichi Hoshino would like his ace of the staff to be standing on the mound when the team clinches its first pennant.  To that end, Masahiro Tanaka will reportedly be available out of the bullpen should the Eagles be in a situation where they can wrap up first place tonight -- if the Eagles are winning and Lotte is losing (or has already lost), he will be called in to pitch the last inning of the game.

If Tanaka does make an appearance in relief, his record of fifteen consecutive victories in fifteen consecutive starts will come to an end.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2013Daily Sports 9/26/2013Nikkan Sports 9/26/2013, Sponichi 9/26/2013Sponichi 9/26/2013

NHK Sendai has decided to broadcast the game.  It will viewable in Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Miyagi, Yamagata, and Fukushima.  The entire game will be shown on NHK Sogo's sub-channel.  The game will only be available on NHK Sogo's primary channel between 7:30pm and 8:44pm.

The game will also be broadcast on NHK BS1.

Source: official announcement