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CL News and Notes: June 17, 2011 (Late morning roundup)

by on Jun.17, 2011 @ 11:27 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi will probably flip spots in the starting rotation with Jason Standridge and get tomorrow's start game against the Rakuten Eagles (Koshien).  This would put Nomi in line to start the Yomiuri Giants game on the 24th on 5 days of rest -- he hasn't lost a game against the Yomiuri Giants since 7/10/2009 (12 G, 8-0) and is one game away from setting a franchise record for consecutive wins against the Giants.

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Shinji Komiyama will probably be added to the active roster tomorrow.

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Matt Murton on the new batting stance he's been working on since the off-season:

Whenever you try to do something new, it takes time [for it to sink in], but I think the results are beginning to speak for themselves.  I've been able to make adjusts during the game.  It's finally starting to stick.

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Shinjiro Hiyama did not practice with the rest of the team yesterday and instead spent time working out in the clubhouse.  The Tigers apparently didn't want to push Hiyama too hard after he was hit by a pitch on the 15th.

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Shunsuke played in a Ni-gun game against Softbank yesterday (batted first, LF) and went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and a stolen base.

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Head coach Katsuhiko Kido met with Kenji Jojima yesterday at Naruohama and told him not to feel rushed with his rehab and that the most important thing was for him to return at full strength.

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Yasutomo Kubo threw around 40 pitches in the bullpen yesterday (10 more than the day before and both times into a net).

Yomiuri Giants

Head coach Kaoru Okazaki told reporters yesterday that he really didn't want to change the batting order because he felt consistency was important, but he also said that moving things around could provide a spark or change the atmosphere.  He then added that he'd like to see either Yoshiyuki Kamei or Hayato Sakamoto becoming the everyday lead-off hitter.

For now, it seems there's a good chance Sakamoto will return to the lead-off spot (from batting second).

Yakult Swallows

Assuming no setbacks, Yoshinori Sato and Kyohei Muranaka could return to the active roster in time for the 9-game stretch the team plays, beginning on 7/12.

As of the 16th, Muranaka has tossed 4 bullpen sessions and is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on the 22nd.  Yoshinori could begin throwing in the bullpen this weekend and is working toward pitching in a Ni-gun game against Seibu on the 28th.  Both pitchers are expected to toss 1-2 innings.

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Norichika Aoki wanted to use a heavier bat during BP yesterday and borrowed Masayoshi Miwa's 930 gram bat (about 20 grams heavier than what Aoki normally uses).