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CL News and Notes: Kenta Kurihara (HIR) set to earn domestic FA option on the 21st

by on Jun.14, 2011 @ 12:34 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons are planning on accepting pre-orders for a number of commemorative items (t-shirts, mobile phone straps, autographed balls) the day Hitoki Iwase breaks the NPB all-time saves record.

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Joel Guzman worked out with the Ichi-gun roster at Nagoya Dome on Monday (BP, fielding practice at first and in the OF).  Ryoji Nakata and Naomichi Donoue also joined the Ichi-gun roster for practice at Nagoya Dome yesterday.  All three players might be added to the active roster before tomorrow's game against the Softbank Hawks (Nagoya Dome).

Hanshin Tigers

Randy Messenger will probably start tomorrow's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters (Koshien).

And Minoru Iwata will most likely be activated for tonight's start against the Fighters.  Iwata will be making the start on 10 days of rest.

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Keiichi Hirano spent about 30 minutes hitting in the cages on his day off yesterday.

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The Tigers are thinking about adding Ikusei Robert Zarate to the 70-man roster (they currently have 2 spots available).

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GM Shoji Numasawa told reporters yesterday that the team still does not have any plans to make an emergency deal.

Hankyu Hanshin Holdings also has a stockholder's meeting on the 16th in Osaka and the media is beginning to wonder what kinds of things might come out of that (in 2009, they showed a lot of concern about the Tigers' track record with foreign players).

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A club rep told reporters yesterday that the player (or players) that helps turn the season around could get a nice little raise during salary negotiations for 2012 (more for players on year to year contracts instead of those in multi-year deals).

Yomiuri Giants

Seth Greisinger will likely start tonight's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines (Tokyo Dome).

Yakult Swallows

Minoru Yamagishi will probably get tonight's start against the Seibu Lions (Jingu).  Yamagishi is coming off a Ni-gun start on the 3rd (vs Rakuten) in which he tossed 6 shutout innings (6 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 5 SO).

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It seems there's a good chance Yuki Shichijo will be given an Ichi-gun start some time after Inter-league play ends.  In 4 games at Ni-gun, Shichijo has not allowed a run over 18 innings (12 H, 2 BB, 11 SO).

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda will probably start Thursday's game against the Rakuten Eagles (Mazda).  On Monday, Maeda spent about 2 hours working out at Mazda Stadium (dashes, playing catch).  He is also in the process of making adjustments to his mechanics.

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Kenta Kurihara could earn his domestic FA option as early as the 21st and the Carp will start working on making sure Kurihara stays in Hiroshima.  The club will also probably be proactive with Jun Hirose and Katsuhiro Nagakawa (both players could also earn their FA option this season).