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CL News and Notes: Yomiuri’s Ogasawara, Takahashi, and Kamei all set to return in first half of this month

by on Jun.02, 2011 @ 11:32 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuhiro Wada hasn't swung the bat very well this season.  But that won't stop Hiromitsu Ochiai from counting on him to be the key man in the line-up.  Ochiai chalks up Wada's struggles to his new batting stance (he's using a square stance now) and said, "[Wada] is kind very skilled, so it'll take him some time [to adjust to the new stance] but once he gets, it'll stick with him.  We really need him to hit, otherwise can't win.  I'll keep on waiting for him to turn things around."

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Masahiro Yamamoto threw 39 pitches (to a squatting catcher) in the bullpen at Nagoya Stadium on Tuesday (5/31).

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The Dragons are still looking for their first victory at Yahoo Dome since their last victory on 6/2/2007.

Hanshin Tigers

Minoru Iwata will probably start tomorrow's game against the Softbank Hawks.

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Craig Brazell extended his hitting streak to 7 games last night.

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The Tigers Oendan were playing the team's Chance March from the first inning, instead of the individual player songs, in an effort to rally the players.

Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara spent about 35 minutes working with Taishi Ota on his hitting today.

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The Giants are figuring their injured players will return in the order of Michihiro Ogasawara, Yoshinobu Takahashi, and Yoshiyuki Kamei.

Ogasawara is currently scheduled to play in a rehab game on the 5th (practice game vs JR Higashi Nihon, an Industrial League team).  The plan is for him to return to the active roster around 8th.

Kamei saw 26 pitches during BP today, swung the bat 15 times, and connected for 3 could-be hits;  Takahashi saw 45 pitches, swung the bat 35 times, and connected for 6 could-be hits.  Both Kamei and Takahashi are scheduled to play in a game on the 7th (Ni-gun game vs Yokohama at Giants Stadium).  Kamei and Takahashi could be ready to return to the active roster as early as the 11th.

Yakult Swallows

Atsushi Fujimoto, Tony Barnette, Yoshiyuki Noguchi, and Yuichi Matsumoto all joined the Ichi-gun team for practice today at the Jingu facilities.

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The Swallows were the only Central League team that didn't lose last night.

Hiroshima Carp

Today was a travel day for the Carp (from Sendai back to Hiroshima) so there was no scheduled practice.  But that didn't stop a number of players (including Kenta Kurihara) from spending time working out at Mazda Stadium.

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The Carp set a new franchise record of 44 consecutive innings without a run.  They are also just 5 innings away from tying the Yakult Swallows' Central League record of 49 set in 1996.