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CL News and Notes: June 17, 2011

by on Jun.18, 2011 @ 3:08 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi potential start schedule: 18th vs Rakuten at Koshien; 24th vs Yomiuri at Koshien (5 days of rest); 7/1 vs Yokohama at Kurashiki (6 days of rest); 7/7 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome (5 days of rest); 7/14 vs Yomiuri at Koshien (6 days of rest); 7/20 vs Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium (5 days of rest).

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi will probably start tomorrow's game against the Seibu Lions (Tokyo Dome); Hirokazu Sawmura will probably get Sunday's start.

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Yoshinobu Takahashi took part in team practices at Giants Stadium today.  Takahashi was not in the starting line-up on the 15th (vs Lotte) because he wasn't feeling well but went through the regular training menu.  He is expected to return to the starting line-up tomorrow, but Takahashi tempered those expectations by telling reporters he wouldn't be sure until tomorrow.

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The Giants announced some personnel changes, effective 7/1: Yasuhiro Mitsui, from the management department, will become Director of Player Development; Director of Ikusei Development Hideharu Matsuo will become the new assistant to the GM; and Takeshi Omori, from the scouting department, will be taking on additional duties as Director of Ikusei Development.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows added Ikusei pitcher Rafael Fernandes to the 70-man roster today and assigned him the number 66.

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Norichika Aoki spent extra time on his hitting after general practice today for the second day in a row.

Hiroshima Carp

Yuya Fukui will probably start Sunday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters (Mazda Stadium).