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Hanshin Tigers: Yasutomo Kubo’s status still unknown

by on Oct.14, 2010 @ 4:19 pm, under NPB

Jason Standridge is currently penciled in to start game 3 of the CL Final Stage.  But if Yasutomo Kubo isn't capable of making his game 2 start, Standridge could be called on to start game 2.  And that could mean a game 3 start for Takumi Akiyama (should the series require a third game), since the Tigers would most likely hold Kubo back

Incidentally, if Kubo is ok to start game 2, Akiyama could still get a chance to start a game against the Chunichi Dragons in the Final Stage (should the Tigers advance).  Nikkan Sports also mentions that Randy Messenger is currently penciled in to start game 6 of the Final Stage (if the Tigers make it that far).

In other team news...

The Tigers are expected to begin negotiations to keep Tomoaki Kanemoto in a Hanshin uniform once the Climax Series ends.  Kanemoto earned his FA option on 8/17 (third time in his career).  The Tigers are also hoping to hold on to both Kentaro Sekimoto and Yuya Ando.