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CL News and Notes: Norichika Aoki’s (YAK) wife 5 months pregnant

by on May.13, 2011 @ 11:47 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Takumi Akiyama got the day off from practice yesterday due to stiffness in his neck.  Since Akiyama had a problem with his neck once before, the Tigers played it safe by having him checked out at a hospital.  The assistant to the chief trainer told reporters that Akiyama was fine and that he'd be able to start throwing again once the stiffness went away.

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Takahiro Arai recorded his first triple (last night against Hiroshima) since 9/30/2009 (vs Yakult).

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Tatsuya Kojima's wife gave birth to the couple's second child on Thursday morning.

Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara jumbled the line-up last night.  Amongst the more significant changes: Hayato Sakamoto batted third for the first time in his career; and Michihiro Ogasawara batted lead-off for the first time since 10/2/2001.

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato will start today's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  He'll be pitching on 8 days of rest.

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Norichika Aoki told reporters yesterday that his wife is 5-months pregnant with their first child.

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp will start Bryan Bullington, Yuya Fukui, and Kenta Maeda against the Yomiuri Giants (5/13 - 5/15).

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars have stolen only 4 bases so far this season (and caught 3 times).  That's worst in either league.