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NPB: Todd Linden to join Eagles; Hawks finish with best IL record

by on Jun.16, 2009 @ 12:18 pm, under NPB

HANSHIN TIGERS

...Tomoyuki Kubota tossed 7 innings while only giving up a run in his start against the Ni-gun Chunichi on Tuesday.

RAKUTEN EAGLES

...Todd Linden signed a 1-year deal with the Eagles on Tuesday. His contract is worth 40M yen plus bonuses and he will be wearing the number 3.

Linden could join the team as early as the 26th.

SOFTBANK HAWKS

...The Hawks clinched the best record for Inter-league play on Tuesday night. Is is the second straight season they have finished Inter-league play with the best record.

...Hitoshi Tamura wasn't in the starting line-up on Tuesday because he wasn't feeling well. Exactly what was wrong with him is not not known.

...Yuki Kume suffered a slight sprain in his right wrist during practice before Tuesday's game. No other information is known at this time.

YAKULT SWALLOWS

...Shohei Tateyama is likely to make a start on the 18th against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Jingu Stadium. If he does, he'll also be going for his 9th straight victory since the start of the season and his 15th straight victory since August 2008.

YOKOHAMA BAY STARS

...The Bay Stars have now been shut-out three times in a row. The last time that happened was back in October 1989 when the team was still called the Taiyo Whales.

YOMIURI GIANTS

...Hayato Sakamoto was removed after hitting his 9th home run in the 6th. Sakamoto was hit by a pitch in the left calf in the third and was removed as a precaution.

...Shinnosuke Abe was in the starting line-up on Tuesday but was removed right after the game started due to tightness in his back.

OTHERS

...Kansai Independent League teams are being billed by Stella (the company that was helping run the league before it bowed out) for the uniforms, helmets, and cleats that were initially provided for free.

Said Stella President Akira Nakamura, "The sports makers billed us 22M yen and we just forwarded that on to the league. When we told them we were bowing out last month on the 20th, we spoke about the league taking on the uniforms."

Needless to say, the KIL isn't very happy about this news. League Director Noriyuki Takenaka said, "We never spoke about that. ... They never paid the originally promised 30M yen per team in the league and now they want us to pay for the uniforms? We have no intention of paying the bill at this point."