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CL News and Notes: Dennis Sarfate to return to US to be with expecting wife

by on Mar.06, 2011 @ 12:07 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuhiro Wada will be making his TV commercial debut this year.  A Sky Perfect TV commercial starring Wada will begin airing in the Chubu region on the 18th.  Footage for the commercial was shot during practice at Nagoya Stadium.

Yomiuri Giants

Shun Tono will start tomorrow's exhibition game against the Nippon Ham Fighters. ... Satoshi Fukuda will be starting tomorrow's Ikusei League game against Lotte.


Yuya Kubo threw 80 pitches in the bullpen today and threw all his pitches (fastball, curve, slider, change, shuto, fork); he also had a batter stand in the batter's box.

Yakult Swallows

Yuki Shichijo (2nd round) started an Ikusei League game against the Yomiuri Giants today and allowed a run on 3 hits over 5 innings of work.  This was Shichijo's longest outing this spring.


Kentaro Kyuko (5th round) joined the Ichi-gun team on Friday.  The Swallows are hoping Kyuko can become a left-handed option out of the bullpen.  Kyuko is expected to make his debut tomorrow against the Softbank Hawks.

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp announced today that Dennis Sarfate will be returning to the US on the 7th in order to be with his expecting wife.  He is scheduled to return to Japan on the 15th.