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CL News and Notes: Abe, Yamaguchi (YOM) set to rejoin active roster for Inter-league play

by on May.16, 2011 @ 11:50 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Keiji Uezono started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima yesterday and gave up 1 run on 3 hits over 4 innings of work.

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With Takashi Toritani and Yamoto banged up, as well as Katsuhiko Saka, the Tigers are lacking a little depth at short.  Keiichi Hirano could be an option, if something were to happen to Hiroki Uemoto, but fielding coach / base-running coach Teruyoshi Kuji told reporters yesterday that wasn't going to happen.  Kuji instead pointed to Kentaro Sekimoto, Ryota Arai, and Takahiro Arai (Ni-gun) as possible options at short.

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Daiki Enokida wears a yellow band on his right wrist.  Jeff Williams wore a similar band; when he left the club, he gave a bunch of them to Hanshin officials and asked them to hand them out to rookie relievers as a symbol that they're all connected and need to work together.

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According to Sanspo, Matt Murton bought a small bag for his wife's 27th birthday (5/7) and hid it in the closet.  He was planning on surprising her with it by calling her on the phone and telling her where to find it.  On the day of her birthday, he called her and started to sing, but as soon as he she quickly interrupted and thanked him for the present.  Murton was a little sad the surprise didn't go according to plan.

Yomiuri Giants

Takahiro Suzuki had his right ring finger checked out at a hospital yesterday (he jammed it while catching a fly ball in the 2nd inning of yesterday's game).  Testing did not reveal any damage to his bones.  The Giants aren't planning on taking Suzuki off the active roster at this point.

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Both Shinnosuke Abe and Tetsuya Yamaguchi are expected to rejoin the team for the start of Inter-league play (which begins tomorrow).

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Seth Greisinger won his start against the Hiroshima Carp yesterday.  It was his first victory since 9/10/2009 (vs Yokohama).

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The Giants demoted Ryota Wakiya to Ni-gun yesterday due to poor performance.  His slash line (24 G, 90 PA): .181 / .218 / .229.  Wakiya was also struggling a little with his defense.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are 8 games above 500 for the first time since 8/2009.

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Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi beat the Yokohama Bay Stars yesterday and remains undefeated against them over his career (5-0 over 5 starts and 9 relief appearances; 5 ER over 44.1 IP).

Hiroshima Carp

Pitching coach Yutaka Ono pointed to Kenta Maeda's inability to hit the outside spots with his fastball against right-handed hitters as a reason why he hasn't been quite as successful this season.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Atori lost for the 10th time in his career yesterday.  He's winless over 25 career appearances (going back to his rookie year in 2008).