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The Orix Buffaloes wore nicknames on the back of their uniforms on Saturday. Takahiro Okada, commonly known as “T-Okada,” kept things simple with just a capital “T” on his nameplate. Cleanup hitter Yutaro Sugimoto was a bit more creative, wearing his nickname “Raoh" (from the manga "Fist of the North Star") on his uniform.

Ace pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto was “Yossy.” Yamamoto said it was a little embarrassing, noting that’s what he was called until junior high. He may have been Yossy back then, but now, many fans just call him the best pitcher in Japan.

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