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CL News and Notes: Yakult Swallows have not lost a game since starting the season 0-3

by on Apr.25, 2011 @ 11:40 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Maximo Nelson worked out at Nagoya Stadium today.  Nelson's next regular season start will likely come on the 26th against the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Hanshin Tigers

According to Sanspo, the Tigers are the only team in the NPB that still has not gotten any homers out of the 3, 4, 5 spots in the line-up.  And for the time being, it seems Akinobu Mayumi is prepared to be patient with Kenji Jojima (5-for-32, 6 TB, 3 RBI) and Tomoaki Kanemoto (3-for-29, 4 RB, 1 RBI; no hits in his last 16 trips to the plate).

Yomiuri Giants

Alex Ramirez is 5 games away from tying Hideki Matsui franchise record of 415 consecutive games batting fourth.

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Rusty Ryal stayed back for extra BP after practice yesterday.

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Daisuke Ochi joined the Ichi-gun team for practice at Tokyo Dome yesterday.  He also tossed situational BP and faced 8 batters -- 2 hits, 3 strikeouts.  Ochi started the season at Ni-gun in order to work on his weight transfer and his fork.

It seems likely that the team will add Ochi to the active roster tomorrow in order to make up for losing Tetsuya Yamaguchi.

Yakult Swallows

After losing 3 straight to start the season, the Swallows have gone 6-0-2.

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Norichika Aoki recorded his 5th multi-hit game of the season and first 4-hit game of the season.  He also managed to collect 2 RBI, his first RBIs of the year.

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Shinya Miyamoto is swinging a pretty hot bat right now: he's in the middle of a 7-game hitting streak and is 8-for-13 with 3 doubles and 6 RBI over his last 3 games.

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Kazuhiro Hatakeyama had a great series against the Hiroshima Carp: 4-for-10 with 4 walks, 2 HR and 6 RBI.  Nikkan Sports mentions that playing day games might be helping Hatakeyama out because he has some difficulties seeing the ball during night games (he has special contacts that help him see better during the night).

The sample size is extremely small, but here's a quick day / night breakdown:

Day games: 7 G, 9-for-22, 2 doubles, 4 HR, 23 TB, 9 RBI, 3 SO, 4 BB, 1.527 OPS

Night games: 3 G, 2-for-6, 0 doubles, 1 HR, 5 RB, 2 RBI, 0 SO, 1 BB, 1.262 OPS