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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.


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


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.


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.