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CL News and Notes: Hiroshima Carp in 1st place in May for first time since 2000

by on May.08, 2011 @ 11:44 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Hiromitsu Ochiai latest comment to the media: "So how many have we lost now?  11.  Still only that high.  We can still lose 50 games.  The question is how many games we'll be able to win [by the time we get to 50 losses]."

Hanshin Tigers

Naoto Tsuru started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi yesterday and gave up 1 run on 4 hits over 7 innings of work.  He also struck out 10 batters.

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Craig Brazell and Jason Standridge took time before yesterday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars to talk to the media and thank Japan for providing donations (10M yen worth of supplies; like blankets and plastic sheets) toward tornado relief efforts in the Southern US (Alabama).

Yakult Swallows

While Junji Ogawa told reporters yesterday that he didn't plan on demoting Masato Nakazawa immediately after a start in which he gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits over 2 innings of work, he also said he wasn't sure when Nakazawa would pitch again.  Depending on how Hitoshi Yamamoto does in his Ni-gun start today, the rotation could end up being modified sometime next week.

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp are in first place in May for the first time since 5/11/2000.