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Around the NPB Horn: Hawks will likely save Sugiuchi for Climax Series

by on Oct.09, 2009 @ 5:35 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines announced that Ken Shinzato (C) retired and has joined the team as scout.

Hanshin Tigers

...The Tigers announced that their entire Ichi-gun staff will be returning next year.

Seibu Lions

...The Lions announced that they will not be giving Taka Miura (OF) a contract extension.

...The Lions officially announced the retirement of Takayuki Shimizu (OF) earlier today.

Softbank Hawks

...Good or bad, it appears as though the Hawks won't let Toshiya Sugiuchi pitch in the season's final game (10/11) of the season.

The Hawks would rather have a well-rested Sugiuchi for the Climax Series.

Yakult Swallows

...The Swallows moved into second place with their win against the Tigers on Thursday night.  They now have a Magic Number of 2 and can clinch third place later today.

Yomiuri Giants

...Typhoon #18 caused 2M yen worth of damage at the Giants training facility in Kawasaki.  A roof covering a pump shed was damaged due to high winds produced by the typhoon.

...About 1,600 people celebrated the Giants' Central League Championship during a Climax Series pep rally for the team.