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Good evening all. It’s Monday, so no games, but we do have Tuesday’s starting pitchers, Monday’s roster moves, and a link to this week’s Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast, which includes my chat with former Lotte Marines pitcher and Astros cheating litigant, Mike Bolsinger.
Due to Japan’s fourth coronavirus wave, a state of emergency was declared for Tokyo and the western prefectures of Kyoto, Osaka, and Hyogo until May 11 — not because the government thinks things will be better then, but because it wants to discourage travel during the Golden Week holidays.
This means Tuesday will see the first games held behind closed doors since July 9, three weeks after the 2020 season began three months late and with no fans. This will directly affect games at Tokyo Dome, Jingu Stadium, Koshien Stadium, and Kyocera Dome.
Lions vs Marines: MetLife Dome 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT
Buffaloes vs Eagles: Kyocera Dome (Osaka) 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Hawks vs Fighters: PayPay Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Swallows vs Giants: Jingu Stadium 5:30 pm, 4:30 am EDT
Dragons vs Tigers: Vantelin Dome (Nagoya) 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT
Carp vs BayStars: Mazda Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Active roster moves 4/26/2021
Deactivated players can be re-activated from 5/6