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Saitama Seibu Lions (23-27-2) at ORIX Buffaloes (17-33-4)
Saturday, August 22nd, 1:00 AM EDT
Buffaloes: RHP Yaku Cho (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
This game will feature the two worst teams – record-wise – in the Pacific League, and both seem to be quite far from the playoffs. As things stand now, the Lions are 6.0 games behind the first-placed Chiba Lotte Marines, while the Buffaloes are even further down the standings and, at 12.0 games behind, they would be smarter if they start thinking what they can do to strengthen the side ahead of the 2021 season and beyond.
Andrew Albers - Out - Undisclosed
7/30 2:57 AM IST - The Buffaloes deactivated Albers on Wednesday, Jim Allen of JBallAllen.com reports. Though an explanation for Albers' removal from the roster isn't known, it's likely the result of an injury rather than any dissatisfaction the club may have had with his performance. The 34-year-old southpaw had fared respectably through his first six starts, going 2-3 with a 3.78 ERA and 29:9 K:BB over 33.1 innings.
Motoki Higa - Out - Biceps
7/9 4:26 AM IST - Higa was removed from the Buffaloes roster Wednesday due to an injury to his left biceps muscle, Full-Count.jp reports. Higa is a right-handed pitcher for Orix, so while his biceps issue appears fairly concerning, it's somewhat of a relief that the injury is to his non-throwing arm. The 37-year-old has been a trusted member of the Buffaloes bullpen so