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Around the NPB Horn: Various News and Notes, Noon Edition

by on Oct.02, 2009 @ 3:12 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...The Tigers have added Takumi Akiyama out of Saijo to their list of potential draft candidates, in case they can't draft Yusei Kikuchi.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Yoshio Itoi is day-to-day after suffering a bruise in the area behind his left knee in a game against the Orix Buffaloes on the 30th.

Rakuten Eagles

...TV ratings for Eagles' games in the Sendai area have been in the 10-14% range.  If the team makes the Climax Series, the ratings could go up into the 20s, perhaps even into the 30s.  The estimates have been placed fairly high because Kleenex Stadium doesn't seat more than 22,200.  And it is because of this that the team feels it can get away with raising per game broadcast rights from 3M yen to 8M yen.

Yakult Swallows

...The Swallows announced that the following players won't be returning next season:

Kida, Masao (P) - mentioned yesterday
Hanada, Masato (P) - retiring
Shiroishi, Noriyuki( INF) - retiring

Yomiuri Giants

...The Giants announced that they'll be sending 24-year-old Toru Murata (P) and 21-year-old Takanobu Tsujiuchi (P) to the US to take part in the Arizona Winter League.