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Hanshin Tigers (19-21-2) at Yokohama DeNA BayStars (23-19-2)
Monday, August 10th, 5:00 AM EDT
Yokohama DeNA BayStars: LHP Shota Imanaga (5-2, 2.90 ERA)
Hanshin Tigers: LHP Yuta Iwasada (2-1, 3.41 ERA)
These two teams are firmly alive in the NPB playoff race, although the BayStars (second in the Central League) are in a better position than the Tigers (fourth) ahead of this contest. The recent form also favors Yokohama, as they've gone 4-1 in their last five games while winning two in a row, whereas the Tigers are 2-3 while losing two of their last three contests. The pitching matchup for this contest will feature two lefties, as the BayStars will send Shota Imanaga and the Tigers will counter with Yuta Iwasada. Both pitchers have had good results this season, but Imanaga looks like the stronger choice based on his sub-3.00 ERA, and also because the BayStars have a stronger lineup compared to the Tigers. That should ultimately make things easier for him on the mound.
Tyler Austin - Out - Neck
8/5 11:50 PM IST - The BayStars removed Austin from their active roster Wednesday after the 28-year-old sustained a neck injury, Jim Allen of JBallAllen.com reports. Austin picked up the injury July 31, when he collided with the right-field wall at Koshien Stadium while tracking a pop fly. Since then, Austin has been dealing with recurring stiffness in his neck that he's been unable to move past, prompting the BayStars to shut