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CL News and Notes: Keiichi Hirano (HAN) has a contusion on his left thigh

by on May.19, 2011 @ 10:03 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Keiichi Hirano was taken out of last night's game after he hurt his left leg while sliding into home plate in the first inning (he slid hard into Fumihiro Suzuki's leg protector).  Chief trainer Tatsuzo Tsunekawa told reporters Hirano suffered a contusion on his left thigh and that he had it iced during the game (no plans for a hospital visit at this time).

Incidentally, he was being waved home by third base coach Koji Yamawaki as he rounded third (he started on second).

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The Tigers weren't too happy when Hiroki Uemoto didn't try to get the out at home plate in the 2nd inning (grounder to short hit by Tomotaka Sakaguchi with a runner on third and 1 out), despite Kenji Jojima calling for the ball, and instead went for the sure out at first.

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Yuya Ando started a Ni-gun game against Yakult yesterday and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits over 6 innings of work.  This was Ando's longest outing since coming back from right shoulder pains.

Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe launched 2 homers last night during a game against the Rakuten Eagles, giving him 250 over his career.  That makes Abe the 4th catcher in NPB history to reach to reach the milestone.

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Injury updates: Yoshinobu Takahashi (rib fractures) worked out (running, long distance throwing, BP) at Giants Stadium yesterday. ... Michihiro Ogasawara (left calf area) continued to receive treatment at Giants Stadium yesterday.

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars shifted 12 Ni-gun home games at Yokosuka Stadium, between June and August, to a 1pm start time (most of the 12 games had a start time of 6pm).  The start times were shifted in an attempt to help conserve energy.