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CL News and Notes: Tomoaki Kanemoto (HAN) moves into 6th tie with 418th career double

by on Jun.10, 2011 @ 12:30 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Tomoaki Kanemoto recorded his 418th career double during tonight's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines (2nd inning with a runner on first and Yoshihisa Naruse on the mound).  That puts Kanemoto in a 6th place tie with Shigeo Nagashima on the All-Time list.

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Kenjo Jojima was left out of the starting line-up tonight for the third straight game -- seems it might be due to right elbow pain, although battery coach Yasuo Yoshida said it had to do with his recent struggles at the plate: 25-for-132 with a slash line of .189/.243/.326; he's also hitless in his last 18 trips to the plate.

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Ikketsu Sho started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi today and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits over 5.2 innings of work.  Sho gave up an RBI single to center in the 2nd with runners on first and second and 1 out; and an RBI single to right in the 6th with the bases loaded and 2 out.

Yomiuri Giants

Yoshiyuki Kamei and Yoshinobu Takahashi both played in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama today: Kamei started at third, batted third, and collected 3 hits and 2 RBI; Takahashi started in right, batted fifth, and went 1-for-3 with a walk.  Assuming no setbacks, both Kamei and Takahashi could be activated as early as the 11th (vs Orix).

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Shigeo Nagashima dropped by Giants Stadium today in order to see how things are going at Ni-gun (like checking in on injured players like Kamei and Takahashi; and speaking to younger players like Taishi Ota and Ikusei Genki Kawano).  Said Nagashima, "There are so many young players, I'm really looking forward to their development."

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The Giants will be hosting Bunkyo-ku Residents Special Appreciation Day 2011 on 7/17 (vs Yakult at Tokyo Dome).  The event will be for families with children in Bunkyo-ku (living/working/going to school).

Yokohama Bay Stars

Naoyuki Shimizu (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri today and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks over 4 innings of work.  He also struck out 2 and threw 67 pitches.