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Hiroshima Carp: April 23, 2010

by on Apr.23, 2010 @ 11:56 am, under NPB

...Eric Stults could get the start against the Yomiuri Giants on Friday.  And it would appears as though Takeshi Komatsu will get the start on Sunday.

...Akihiro Higashide and Eishin Soyogi didn't have a very good series against the Hanshin Tigers, although they did have a great series against the Chunichi Dragons:

4/16 - 4/18
4/20 - 4/21
Higashide 4-for-13, R 1-for-8, 3B
Soyogi 8-for-13, 4 R, HR, RBI 0-for-7, SO, BB

...Kenta Kurihara worked on his hitting for about an hour on Thursday after Hiroshima's game against Hanshin was called due to rain.  He also spent some time watching footage from his 0-for-4 night on Wednesday.  Kurihara has been struggling at the plate this season, although his numbers do appear to be improving: he is 8-for-26 (.308) since 4/13 and has seen his batting average rise from .189 to .228.  He has a HR, 8 RBI, and 3 R.  His walk rate has improved as well: since 4/13, he has walked 7 times in 8 games; before that, he had just 3 walks in 14 games.