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CL News and Notes: Minoru Iwata (HAN) wins first start since 10/4/2009

by on May.06, 2011 @ 12:39 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Minoru Iwata has teamed up with Arkray to set up Minoru Project Iwata 21.  The project will aim to help educate and support kids (and their families) with type 1 diabetes.  (via Nikkan Sports)  Iwata also won his start today, his first since 10/4/2009 (vs Chunichi at Koshien).

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Takumi Akiyama started a Ni-gun game against Orix today and gave up 1 run on 7 hits over 5 innings of work.  This was Akiyama's first start since turning 20 on 4/26.

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Yamaguchi threw 37 pitches in the bullpen today (standing catcher).  This was his first session since he got demoted on 4/23.

Yakult Swallows

Junji Ogawa told reporters that he might have to re-think the role Kenichi Matsuoka has with the team after he gave up 5 runs (all earned) over 0.1 innings of work.  Said Ogawa, "Matsuoka hasn't been doing very well.  He's been just getting by, but today it fell apart [for him].  I think I may have to reconsider how to use him."