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Around the NPB Horn: Kamei to be taken off active roster

by on Oct.04, 2009 @ 5:03 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The fans in Chiba gave Bobby Valentine a nice send-off on Saturday as it was his Sapporo Dome game of the year.

Bobby Valentine's Last Game at Sapporo Dome (Sanspo)

Bobby Valentine's Last Game at Sapporo Dome (Sanspo)

Hanshin Tigers

...With their 6-4 loss against the Yakult Swallows on Saturday, the Tigers are guaranteed a losing record.  The Tigers are currently 65-71-4 with 4 games remaining.

It marks the first time since 2004 that the team will finish under .500.

...Akihiro Yano sprained his right ankle while sliding into home during the 4th inning of Saturday night's game against the Yakult Swallows.  He was removed from the game in the top of the 6th.  No word on how much time he'll miss, but it seems for certain that he will miss some games.

...Masashi Sajikihara's consecutive games without a loss streak ended at 116.  His first ever pro career loss came against the Yakult Swallows on Saturday.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...With their 11-1 win against the Chiba Lotte Marines on Saturday, the Fighters can do no worse than 2nd place.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes will not be asking the following players back next season:

Kawagoe, Hidetaka P- unknown
Yamaguchi, Kazuo P - unknown
Miyamoto, Daisuke P - wants to keep playing
Umemura, Manato P - unknown
Kimoto, Kuniyuki INF- wants to keep playing
Furuki, Katsuaki OF- wants to keep playing
Takanami, Fumikazu OF - unknown

Softbank Hawks

...The Hawks will not be asking the following players back for the 2010 season:

Shinohara, Takayuki P - unknown
Matoba, Naoki C - wants to keep playing
Homma, Mitsuru INF - unknown

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Daisuke Miura recorded his 2,000th career strike out in the 4th inning of Saturday's game against the Chunichi Dragons -- Takehiro Donoue was his 2,000th strike out.

...Dan Johnson was taken off the active roster on Saturday and will likely not return to the Bay Stars next season.  The other three foreigners (Ryan Glynn, Les Walrond, and Tom Matsny) will also likely not return next year.

Yomiuri Giants

...Yoshiyuki Kamei felt some discomfort his in left leg while stretching out to glove a ball that Hayato Sakamoto threw over from short in the first inning of Saturday's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  When running the bases in the 2nd inning, the discomfort turned to pain and Kamei was removed from the game in the bottom of the 2nd.

As a precaution, the Giants have decided to remove Kamei from the active roster on Sunday.

...The Giants attracted 2,740,622 fans this season for an average increase of over 1,100 fans per game.  It's also the most fans they've recorded since 2005 (2,934,370) when attendance figures were first disclosed to the public.