That Yamamoto started the first of two tuneup games is a fairly strong indication that Inaba plans to have him start the opening game on Wednesday.
Orix Buffaloes ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto has emerged as one of the best pitchers for Samurai Japan.
Manager Atsunori Inaba’s team features a mix of veteran standouts and rising stars, including Orix Buffaloes hurler Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
Manager Toru Oniki's club has played 12 games this season, winning 10 times and earning two draws.
In his first regular-season appearance with the Eagles since 2013, Tanaka pitches five innings and allows three runs and four hits.
The veteran pitcher, who was scheduled to start the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles' second game, is expected to take three weeks to recover.
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By returning to Rakuten, the veteran pitcher will be with the team for the 10th anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan’s Tohoku region...
The veteran pitcher's career is coming full circle as he rejoins the NPB club after a seven-year stint with the New York Yankees.
After a successful seven-year run with the Yankees, the popular pitcher is a free agent and appears on the verge of rejoining the Tohoku Rakuten Golden...
The now-retired Iwakuma will dispense his knowledge of pitching in his new job with the MLB club.