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CL News and Notes: Takahiro Arai and Takashi Toritani on track to earn FA option in September

by on Apr.28, 2011 @ 12:22 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Tony Blanco's wife will apparently arrive in Japan on the 30th.  To which Blanco said, "I'm sure she'll bring me lots of good luck."

Hanshin Tigers

With yesterday's rain out and Jason Standridge's start getting pushed over to today, Minoru Iwata's start will be shifted to sometime on or after the 29th.

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The Tigers plan on using Daiki Enokida in situations that will help offset some of the strain on the K trio (Tomoyuki Kubota, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, and Kyuji Fujikawa).

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The Tigers may decide to use Tomoaki Kanemoto in left during Inter-league games where the DH rule is in effect.  Kanemoto spent about 1.5 hours working out at Athlete (his usual gym) yesterday morning.

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Both Takahiro Arai and Takashi Toritani are on track to earn their FA options on 9/3 (at the earliest).  Arai will be earning an international option while Toritani will be earning a domestic option.  The Tigers are planning on meeting both players the day they earn their options.

Yomiuri Giants

Michihiro Ogasawara is struggling: he has been held hitless in his last three straight games (0-for-10) and has just 1 hit in his last 29 trips to the plate.

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Ryuichi Kajimae's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 2,788 grams, at 1:39pm on the 26th.  Both baby and mother are doing fine.

Yakult Swallows

Shohei Tateyama will start today's game against the Yomiuri Giants.

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Kazuhiro Hatakeyama is swinging a hot bat: he has hit safely in 5 straight (7-for-18, 5 R, 7 RBI, 3 HR, 4 BB).

Hiroshima Carp

Before yesterday's rain out, Shinoda Jumpei was scheduled to start today.  He'll now get a start during the Chunichi Dragons series that begins on the 29th.

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Before last night's game was canceled due to rain, Takahiro Iwamoto had a chance to become the team's 58th clean-up batter.  While Iwamoto still has a chance to bat 4th again today, a lot will depend on how Chad Tracy is feeling today (Tracy was given the day off yesterday due to tightness in his lower back).