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CL News and Notes: Hanshin Tigers standing pat for now

by on Apr.26, 2011 @ 11:42 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi is one victory away from tying Kei Igawa's record of 12 straight wins (second on the team's all-time list).  The franchise record of 18 straight wins is held by Yoshihiro Nakada.  He's also 6-0 in 6 starts at Mazda Stadium with a 0.46 ERA since 2009.

NOTE: if you include a relief victory Nomi recorded on 10/2, then Nomi is actually current tied with Igawa and has a chance to take sole possession of second on the all-time franchise list.

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Minoru Iwata will likely get Thursday's (4/28) start against the Hiroshima Carp (Mazda Stadium).  He's still looking for his first victory since 10/4/2009 (vs Chunichi at Koshien).  Jason Standridge should get tomorrow's (4/27) start.

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Yuya Ando is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima today.  He'll have an 85 pitch count limit on his outing.

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Team president Nobu Minami told reporters yesterday that while he was worried about the Tigers, he also knew it was early and that he still wasn't thinking of making any moves.

"I'm worried, but the season just started.  I'm not thinking about trying to make any moves.  I also don't feel [as if we're lacking in any specific areas]," said Minami.  He added, "I figure one milestone of the season will be when we've play a home / road series against each, so about 30 games."

Yomiuri Giants

Michihiro Ogasawa spent time working on his hitting (specifically, his lower body) during practice yesterday.  Ogasawara is 6 hits away from 2,000 but told reporters his focus right now is on winning.

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A 17-year-old Eiji Sawamura struck out Charley Gehringer, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx in succession at Shizuoka Kusanagi Baseball Stadium.  Which is the same stadium where Hirokazu Sawamura will be making a start on the 28th (vs Yakult).

Yakult Swallows

Masanori Ishikawa is 2 victories shy of the 100 mark.  When he reaches the mark, he'll become just the 5th player in franchise history to attain the milestone.