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CL News and Notes: Yuya Fukui (HIR) loses older brother in car accident

by on Apr.29, 2011 @ 6:59 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Kai-Wen Cheng started a Ni-gun game against Softbank today and gave up 1 run on 5 hits over 5 innings of work.

Yomiuri Giants

Yoshinobu Takahashi was taken off the active roster today due to a contusion on his left flank.  Takahashi injured his flank while trying to catch a ball up against the outfield wall on the 26th (vs Yakult).  Head coache Kaoru Okazaki told reporters that it would probably take Takahashi a total 10 days to fully recover since he was still feeling pain.

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Shinnosuke Abe took 50 swings during BP today at Giants Stadium and hit 6 over the fence.  This was Abe first round of BP since suffering a tear in his right calf.  He told reporters that it felt great taking BP outdoors.

Hiroshima Carp

Yuya Fukui found out yesterday that his 25-year-old brother, Ryuichi, was involved in a fatal car accident.  Fukui took part in pre-game practices yesterday and then left the stadium in order to identify the body with his family.  Yuya is the youngest of three brothers and Ryuichi was the middle brother.

Yokohama Bay Stars

The first round of Hometown Festa - Play for Nippon started today.  The first round of festivities will also take place on 4/30 - 5/1 and 5/6 - 5/7.