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Around the NPB Horn: Yomiuri Giants on the verge of clinching Central League

by on Sep.23, 2009 @ 8:01 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Shunsuke Watanabe announced prior to his start on Tuesday that he will donate 10,000yen for every inning he tossing this season to the World Food Programme.  That's 1,350,000yen for 135 innings of work so far this year.

...The Marines will invite current Ham Fighters' Ni-gun battery coach Kiyoshi Yamanaka to be there Ichi-gun battery coach next season.  The Fighters' current Ichi-gun battery coach, Hidetoshi Hakamada will likely be made a general Ni-gun coach.

Hanshin Tigers

...Tomoyuki Kubota has tossed 12 innings in 10 games and given up just 1 earned run at Ni-gun since moving into the bullpen at the end of August.  He hasn't given up a run in his last 8 appearances.

...Tomoaki Kanemoto recorded his 9,204th plate appearance during Tuesday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars and took over sole possession of 14th place on the all-time list, above Shigeo Nagashima's 9,201.  He also tied Katsuya Nomura's career 1,252 walks with his walk in the 1st inning.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...The Fighters' Magic Number is 10.

Softbank Hawks

...Sadaharu Oh had laparoscopic hernioplasty surgery and laparoscopic gallbladder surgery on Monday (腹腔鏡下内ヘルニア根治術・胆嚢摘出術).  They surgery reportedly was a success and will require a stay at the hospital of about a week to 10 days.

According to the Hawks, Oh complained of pain in his abdomen on the 11th and 13th and was admitted to the hospital on the 14th for testing.  There was nothing found in the testing, but while he was hospitalized, he suffered an intestinal obstruction due to a hernia and gallstones and it was decided they would operate to address both.

...Tsuyoshi Wada made an appearance in relief on Tuesday against the Chiba Lotte Marines and gave up a run (earned) on 3 hits, a walk, and 5 strike outs over 4.2 innings of work.

Yomiuri Giants

...The Giants' Magic Number is 1.

...Kiyoshi Toyoda earned his FA rights for the second time in his career on Tuesday.

In 2005 he exercised his FA rights and went from the Seibu Lions to the Yomiuri Giants.

...The Giants have prepared 3,000 cans of beer and 240 bottles of champagne for their victory celebration at a nearby hotel.  They have also prepared carbonated water for the under-the-drinking-age player, Daisuke Nakai.  The Giants will also sell out as many standing-room tickets as possible.

Nippon TV will carry the game and will provide news coverage of the game and the celebration during their news program in the evening if they win.


One comment on “Around the NPB Horn: Yomiuri Giants on the verge of clinching Central League

  1. Deanna

    Noooooooooooo they can’t be stealing our Yamanaka-coach.

    Wish I’d known this yesterday, I was talking to him after the game at Kamagaya. He’s pretty popular among Fighters fans because he’s kind of crazy, but he’s really nice to everyone.

    I’m going to the Giants-Dragons game today. I sure hope the Giants don’t clinch. Sigh.

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