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CL News and Notes: Takuro Ishii oldest Carp to record a modasho

by on Apr.24, 2011 @ 12:53 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Joel Guzman shaved his head.  It's supposed to be symbolic of a fresh start and a desire to focus on baseball.

Hanshin Tigers

Tomoaki Kanemoto spent about 40 minutes swinging the bat during practice yesterday and should be back in the starting line-up today.  As should Kenji Jojima.  In that sense, the rain may have helped both players.  But not Randy Messenger -- he was scheduled to start yesterday's game and the team doesn't plan on shifting the start to today and will instead skip his turn in the rotation.


Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi worked with Hiroyuki Kobayashi on his mechanics yesterday.  The two wouldn't get into specifics, but it seems Kobayashi wasn't satisfied with the life on his pitches and Yamaguchi noticed something during spring camp that might help with his control and movement.


Ken Watanabe (actor) met with both Kanemoto and Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi yesterday (about 5 minutes in all).


Daily Sports writes about how the Arai brothers became the 23rd set of brothers to hit homers a day apart from each other last season (Ryota with Chunichi on 6/9 against Rakuten and Takahiro on 6/10 against Seibu).  Now that they're on the same team, they have a chance to become the first brother pair to hit homers in the same game.

Incidentally, they also became the first brothers to hit walk-offs for the same team in the same year (Ryota on 5/19 and Takahiro on 4/22).


This time next year, Kyuji Fujikawa should be getting his international FA option.

Yomiuiri Giants

Yuki Koyama could get a start sometime this coming week when the Giants play 6 games in a row (beginning on 4/26).

Hiroshima Carp

Takuro Ishii started at second yesterday for the first time in his career.  He also recorded his 164th career modasho (3 hits or more in a game) and set a new club record for being the oldest to record a modasho (40 years and 7 months trumps Sachio Kinugasa's previous mark of 40 years and 5 months).