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CL News and Notes: Tigers and Giants in last place together, could be good omen for Bay Stars

by on May.12, 2011 @ 1:31 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuki Yoshimi's start was rained out yesterday.  He'll likely get Friday's start against the Tigers.  And he could be followed by Wei-Ying Chen and and Maximo Nelson.

Hanshin Tigers

Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi will start today's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  It seems there's also a good chance he'll be taken off the active roster after the start in order to make room for another position player, like outfielder Kohei Shibata.  With Inter-league play starting on the 17th, the Tigers probably won't need 13 pitchers on the active roster.

Shimoyanagi will turn 43 on the 16th.


Atsushi Nomi and Yasutomo Kubo will likely start game against the Chunichi Dragons (5/13 and 5/14 respectively).  That would also put the two in line to pitch against the Softbank Hawks next week (5/20 and 5/21).


Randy Messenger's next start could come on the 15th against the Chunichi Dragons (at Koshien).  Messenger's work outs yesterday included playing catch and long distance sprints.


Assuming no changes in schedule, Takashi Toritani will play in his 1,000th game at home against the Seibu Lions on 5/22.


Kodai Sakurai has had problems with his right elbow and had it checked out yesterday at a hospital.  Sakurai had surgery on his right elbow in November last year and is still working his way back to a full recovery.  He has been playing in games at Ni-gun, but the team was growing a little concerned because he was struggling at the plate (.159 / .275 / .293 in 31 games - 11-for-69).


Robert Zarate's start was rained out yesterday.  He did get some work in though as he tossed some indoor situational BP at Koshien: he threw 26 pitches, faced 5 batters, did not give up any hits, walked 1, and topped out at 146km/h.  Zarate will get another chance to start an Ikusei game against Koga Kenko Iryo Senmon College on the 17th.

Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe is still on track for a return to the active roster on the 17th (start of Inter-league play).


Hirokazu Sawamura has now given up 4 homers over 34.1 innings of work.  The four homers: Wladimir Balentien (YAK), Kenji Jojima (HAN), Shuichi Murata (YOK), and Brett Harper (YOK).

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Giants and Tigers are both in last place right now.  If you're a Bay Star fan, that could be good news.  According to Sanspo, the last time these two teams were in last place together on the same day was back on 5/11/1997.  That year, the Bay Stars finished in 2nd place.  And in the following year the Bay Stars won a championship.

4 comments on “CL News and Notes: Tigers and Giants in last place together, could be good omen for Bay Stars

  1. EJH

    The Giants and Hanshin tied for last below the lowly BayStars is, of course, a good thing not just for Yokohama but for all of baseball (excluding Giants and Hanshin fans, but that’s all right). Regardless, the BayStars are not going to win a championship next year. Everyone knows that Yokohama wins championships every 38 years and the next one is not scheduled until 2036.

    1. Eric Lord

      Only thing that would be good for baseball is if the BayStars folded and they brought up a team that could maybe compete – like, say, my Sunday morning softball team.

      -signed, a tongue-in-cheek Tigers fan still bitter about last week’s sweep ;)

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