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CL News and Notes: Yomiuri Giants decide to demote Rusty Ryal (Nikkan)

by on May.13, 2011 @ 2:07 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers announced before today's game that Takahiro Arai and Shunsuke were selected as the team's co-MVPs for the April.

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants decided to demote Rusty Ryal to Ni-gun after he went 0-for-2 with 2 strikeouts tonight (he was also taken out of the game on defense in the 5th).  Ryal has struggled to catch on this season and is now 16-for-73 with 23 strikeouts and a slash line of .219 / .260 / .260.

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Today's Ni-gun game against Rakuten:

Tetsuya Yamaguchi started the game and gave up 4 runs (0 earned) on 4 hits over an inning of work; he also topped out in the mid-140's.  Yamaguchi could be ready to return to the active roster in time for Inter-league play. ... Shinnosuke Abe wast the starting DH and batted fifth; he hit a double in his third at bat.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows worked out for about 2 hours at Jingu today.

Yokohama Bay Stars

TBS Holdings director Takafumi Kannari said during the earnings announcement today that while the company will continue to provide the Bay Stars with whatever support they needed, they will also listen to any buy offers that are submitted.  When asked if there were any offers, Kannari said, "I don't think that's something I should answer."