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by on Jun.08, 2011 @ 2:38 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Wei-Ying Chen will likely get tonight's start against the Nippon Ham Fighters and Yu Darvish.

Hanshin Tigers

Randy Messenger will likely start tonight's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines; Jason Standridge will probably go tomorrow night.

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Since joining the Tigers, Craig Brazell has hit hit a homer in each of the 4 games he has played at QVC Marine Field (4 G, 5-for-15, 4 HR, 6 RBI).

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Nikkan Sports reports that Daiki Enokida could get a start on the 12th against the Seibu Lions (at Seibu Dome).  He would be taking Yasutomo Kubo's turn in the rotation.  But that's only if the team can't find a serviceable arm on their Ni-gun roster.

Sanspo figures it could be Yuya Ando.

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Akinobu Mayumi watched over Takahiro Arai taking BP yesterday.  Arai has been struggling at the plate as of late: he has just 2 hits in 18 ABs so this month.

Yomiuri Giants

Norihito Kaneto will probably get tonight's start against the Softbank Hawks.

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Yoshiyuki Kamei and Yoshinobu Takahashi are still on track for a return to the active roster on the 11th (vs Orix at Kyocera Dome).

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Nikkan Sports is carrying an article titled "Team Savior" Ogasawara to return batting third at first base.

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Newly appointed GM Hidetoshi Kiyotake spoke at a press conference yesterday and said that he wanted to see the Giants develop "2-3 players that can steal 20, 30 stolen bases a year."  He added, "The teams that are winning right now are playing defensively.  [Teams] don't have to have that strong an offense, it's team's with speed [that are doing well]."  Regarding foreign players, he said it was the age of the Ikusei.

Yakult Swallows

Hitoshi Yamamoto will probably start tonight's game against the Orix Buffaloes (at Kyocera Dome).

Hiroshima Carp

Bryan Bullington will probably start tomorrow's game against the Seibu Lions (at Seibu Dome).

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Soichiro Amaya joined the Ichi-gun roster for morning practice today at Mazda Stadium.  Amaya started the season on the active roster but was demoted after a slow start.  He will probably be added back to the active roster shortly.

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Masato Akamatsu (stress fracture, rib) went 2-for-2 during a Ni-gun game yesterday and told reporters that he was at about 80% and that he felt he needed 2-3 more games before he was ready to rejoin the active roster.  Yuki Saito also threw 30 pitches to a squatting catcher for the first time since hurting his back.