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Chiba Lotte Marines (38-26-3) at Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (38-26-3)
Sunday, September 6th, 1:00 AM EDT
Chiba Lotte Marines: RHP Kota Futaki (2-2, 5.03 ERA)
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks: RHP Shuta Ishikawa (6-0, 2.36 ERA)
The two best teams in the Pacific League will continue clashing this week and this is a series that could have major playoff implications down the stretch – the Hawks are at the top of the standings while the Marines are just 2.5 games behind them in second place. Both are likely to finish in first and second place once it's all said and done, but the Marines feel they still have a shot at overtaking the Hawks with a good run of results. The pitching matchup gives an edge to the Hawks, however, as Shuta Ishikawa has been one of the top hurlers in the NPB this season. The Marines will counter with Kota Futaki, who has a 5.03 ERA.
Alfredo Despaigne - Day-To-Day - Not Injury Related
7/7 10:42 PM IST - Despaigne (not injury related) is scheduled to arrive in Japan on July 19 and will then quarantine for 14 days before reporting to the Hawks, Yahoo Sports Japan reports. Due to travel restrictions in their native Cuba, Despaigne and infielder Yurisbel Gracial have thus far been unable to join the Hawks, and it appears their season debuts won't be coming at any point in July. Even once they arrive in Japan and complete their quarantine periods, Despaigne and