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CL News and Notes: Craig Brazell (HAN) appears to be coming around

by on May.06, 2011 @ 2:53 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Tokyo Dome may have been the boost Craig Brazell was looking for.  Heading into the series, Brazell was 11-for-60 with 2 doubles, 0 homers, and 4 RBI (16 games).  In just 3 games at the Dome, he went 5-for-12 with 1 double, 2 homers, and 3 RBI.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows will be demoting Kenichi Matsuoka after his awful outing yesterday (0.1 IP, 6 BF, 5 H, 2 HR, 5 R, 5 ER).

Hiroshima Carp

Bryan Bullington has been a very pleasant surprise for the Hiroshima Carp.  Through 4 starts: 4-0, 30 IP, 113 BF, 21 H, 20 SO, 5 BB, 1.80 ERA, 0.87 WHIP.

Bullington is also the 4th foreign player in the NPB and the first foreign Carp to start their NPB career with 4 wins in 4 start.  And his family (wife, daughter, and twin sons) was on hand for his first start at Mazda Stadium yesterday.

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Chad Tracy has hit 10 doubles in 19 games.  To put that into perspective: Takahiro Arai (HAN) and Kenta Kurihara (HIR) are second behind Tracy in the CL with 6 doubles each; Takeshi Yamasaki (RAK) and Kazuo Matsui (RAK) lead the PL with 7 doubles a piece.

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars have given up runs in the first inning in each of their last 6 games.  And in those games, they are 2-4.

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Hichori Morimoto was released from the hospital on the 4th and re-started his training yesterday (on the 5th).  The Ni-gun roster had the day off, so Morimoto ended up working one-on-one with the training coach (like running, playing catch, soft-toss BP at 80%).  He'll work out with the Ni-gun roster beginning today.