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CL News and Notes from March 12, 2011: Kenta Kurihara has elbow pains

by on Mar.13, 2011 @ 1:40 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

While today's exhibition game between the Tigers and Chunichi Dragons was canceled, both teams agreed to play a practice game at Koshien Stadium.

From today's practice game:

Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi started the game and gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks over 4 innings of work.  He also gave up home runs to Tony Blanco in the 2nd and Joel Guzman in the 4th.

Tomoaki Kanemoto was the starting DH and batted 6th.  He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

Kenji Jojima entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Kanemoto and had a single in two trips to the plate.

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Kanemoto made 9 to 10 cut-off throws (from left and at a distance of about 30 meters) during practice on yesterday.

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Jojima wore knee pads for support while running sprints during practice at Koshien yesterday.

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Matt Murton took 46 swings during BP yesterday and told reporters he was trying to take a more simplistic approach hitting.

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Akinobu Mayumi gave Takahiro Arai some pointers on how to swing the bat during practice yesterday.  Arai  is currently hitless over his last 14 straight trips to the plate and is 1-for-16 during exhibition game play.  Arai also stayed back after practice for about 40 minutes of extra BP.

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Kyuji Fujikawa threw about 80 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.  Fujikawa later told reporters that he wanted to conserve his energy better this season so that he could be effective over the course of a full season.

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Former Hanshin Tiger Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata will be returning to Mainichi Radio and will be joining the MBS Tigers Live team.

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Seven new lunch boxes will be introduced to the menu at Koshien Stadium beginning on 4/8 (vs Yakult).  Toritani Takashi Tokusei Shoga Yaki Rice Bowl (鳥谷敬の特製生姜焼き丼 - 800 yen), Atsushi Nomi Select Fruit Juice (能見セレクトフルーツジュース - 500 yen), Murton Hirayaki (マートン平焼き - 500 yen), Gatssu! Hirano Hee-hee Chuka Lunch Box (ガッツ! 平野のヒーヒー中華弁当 - 1,200 yen), Hirano Keiichi Produce Fruit Sandwich (平野恵一プロデュース フルーツサンドイッチ - 600 yen), Shimoyanagi-no Honba Goto Udon (下柳の本場五島うどん 前後裁断さつま揚げ入り - 750 yen), and Fujikawa Kyuji-no Katsuo-to Shimeji Wafu Pasta (藤川球児のかつおとしめじの和風パスタ - 750 yen).

Yomiuri Giants

Hirokazu  Sawamura (1st round) next start could come during a Kyoiku League game (vs Lotte) on the 15th.

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Alex Ramirez is still scheduled to leave for the US on the 13th (he needs to renew his immigration entry permit).  He is expected to return in time for an exhibition game against Yakult  (at Jingu) on the 16th.

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The Giants held practices at Kyocera Dome beginning at 1pm today (for all players currently with the team).  Tatsunori Hara told reporters he hoped to bring some happiness to fans by playing well.

Hiroshima Carp

The Hiroshima Carp played a scrimmage today and Yuki Saito gave up 2 runs on 3 hits over 5 innings of work.

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Kenta Kurihara did not take part in team practice today due to elbow pains.  It seems he felt some pain in the joint while throwing the ball around during practice.