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Hanshin Tigers: July 15, 2010

by on Jul.15, 2010 @ 12:34 pm, under NPB

10:33pm JST

...Seems Tomoaki Kanemoto was indeed prepared to start tonight's game in left against the Yomiuri Giants.  Unfortunately the rains came and washed the game out.  It'll be interesting to see if he gets the start at Jingu Stadium.

12:34pm JST

...The Tigers were disappointed with the rain-out last night.  Why?  Because a win last night and a win tonight would have put them in first place.  Now they won't get to celebrate a move into first place in front of the Giants.

...Yasutomo Kubo will likely start tonight's game (on 5 days rest) against the Yomiuri Giants.  Kubo may also start the last game before the All-Star break on the 21st (again on 5 days rest) against Hiroshima.

...Team owner Shinya Sakai is apparently trying to schedule a meeting with Akinobu Mayumi during the All-Star break.  When asked if there was a particular reason, he said that he had none except that he wanted just wanted to catch up with his manager.

...Keiji Uezono may get a start on the 20th against the Hiroshima Carp.  Uezono has been working out of the bullpen since Inter-league play but could be shifted back into the rotation since Yuya Ando gave up 9 runs (all earned) over 4 innings during his last start.

...An important factor in determining when Tomoaki Kanemoto might be able to return to the starting line-up is the condition of the field.  A soft field due to rain will most likely keep him out of the starting line-up and artificial turf may not be the ideal field for him to return on, although that will mostly depend on how hard the turf is.

Daily Sports Online seems to think Kanemoto could be back in the starting line-up tonight against the Yomiuri Giants.

...As of yesterday, Casey Fossum was scheduled to start in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi today.  This will be his first start at Ni-gun since his demotion.

...Kodai Sakurai is working his way back from right elbow injury.  And for the first time since he was demoted on the 11th, Sakurai took some BP at Naruohama.  After spending some time taking some soft toss BP, Sakurai spent about 20 minutes facing a live arm.  Sakurai told reporters that his elbow was feeling much better and that he didn't have any problems hitting.  If the weather holds up, Sakurai could begin playing some catch today and may even travel with the Ni-gun team for a road trip that begins on the 16th.

...The Tigers apparently have a woman in her 30s providing 24-hour support (concierge-type service) to all foreign players on the team.  Seems the Tigers felt they needed to improve working conditions for foreign players after Scott Atchison left the club at the end of last season due to family problems (the article doesn't really go into exactly what happened) and hired the woman back in March.