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ORIX Buffaloes (16-29-3) at Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (28-20-1)
Sunday, August 16th, 0:00 AM EDT
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks: RHP Shuta Ishikawa (4-0, 2.39 ERA)
ORIX Buffaloes: LHP Andrew Albers (2-4, 3.35 ERA)
The Hawks and the Buffaloes enter this game in opposite runs of form, as the Hawks are the best team in the Pacific League and look like the team to beat in that circuit, aided by a 28-20-1 record. Meanwhile, the Buffaloes sit in last place with a 16-29-3 record and might already be thinking about their 2021 plans, especially since they've gone 1-4 in their last five games. The pitching matchup also favors the Hawks, as Shuta Ishikawa has far better numbers than lefty Andrew Albers, who is expected to start for the Buffaloes despite struggling with injuries over the last few weeks.
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 Gracial will likely both require rehab games in the minors to get their timing right at the plate