NPB news 8-23-21

The Pacific League-leading Orix Buffaloes have deactivated first baseman Takahiro Okada due to a minor right hamstring injury, presumably suffered after he was hit by a pitch in Saturday’s game against the Seibu Lions, Nikkan Sports reported Monday.

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New import Rangel Ravelo, who might have taken Okada’s place, was hit on the left wrist in a Western League game against the Chunichi Dragons and was diagnosed with a distal fracture of the left ulna.

The Buffaloes, chasing the franchise’s first pennant since Ichiro Suzuki won his third straight MVP award with the Kobe-based Orix BlueWave in 1996. They ended the weekend three games ahead of the Rakuten Eagles and four ahead of the Lotte Marines. The SoftBank Hawks are a half-game further back in fourth.

Tuesday’s starting pitchers

Fighters vs Marines: Sapporo Dome 6:30 pm, 5:30 am EDT

Drew VerHagen (2-6, 5.76) vs Daiki Iwashita (8-5, 3.98)

Eagles vs Buffaloes: Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Takahiro Norimoto (7-4, 3.45) vs Glenn Sparkman (0-0, 4.50)

Lions vs Hawks: MetLife Dome 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Kona Takahashi (9-4, 3.14) vs Nao Higashihama (3-2, 3.14)

Giants vs Carp: Tokyo Dome 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Cristopher  Mercedes (6-1, 2.25) vs Masato Morishita (6-5, 2.31)

Swallows vs Dragons: Kusanagi Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Keiji Takahashi (2-0, 2.83) vs Koji Fukutani (5-9, 4.43)

Tigers vs BayStars: Kyocera Dome (Osaka) 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Koyo Aoyagi (9-2, 1.87) vs Haruhiro Hamaguchi (5-6, 3.28)

Active roster moves 8/23/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 9/2

Central League




DragonsP67Yariel Rodriguez
BayStarsIF4Yukiya Ito
BayStarsOF00Shumei Miyamoto
BayStarsOF52Seiya Hosokawa
SwallowsP34Kazuto Taguchi

Pacific League




LionsP44Kaito Yoza
EaglesP16Hideaki Wakui
FightersP33Kazuaki Tateno
BuffaloesP17Hirotoshi Masui
BuffaloesOF8Shunta Goto
BuffaloesOF55Takahiro Okada

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