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CL News and Notes: Yuki Shichijo (YAK) could make Ichi-gun debut on the 28th

by on Jun.22, 2011 @ 11:21 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Doala was demoted to Ni-gun yesterday due to his recent struggles in turning back-flips (current success rate: 4 times in 22 games).

Hanshin Tigers

Minoru Iwata will probably start Saturday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto took fielding practice in the outfield yesterday.  Fielding coach Koji Yamawaki told reporters that fielding practice wasn't originally in Kanemoto's schedule for the day and that it was added in after he said he wanted to move around more.

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Akinobu Mayumi and batting coach Yutaka Wada spent some time watching (and advising) Craig Brazell take soft-toss BP (while using a fungo bat) during practice yesterday.  Brazell liked taking BP with a fungo bat so much that he apparently ordered two types: one 1-meter long fungo bat and one 88 cm long fungo bat.

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Shunsuke, Kohei Shibata, Ryota Arai, Hiroki Uemoto, and Shinji Komiyama played in yesterday's Ni-gun game against Chunichi and went a combined 2-for-19 at the plate.  Uemoto and Komiyama each collected 1 hit a piece.

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Kenji Jojima didn't show at Naruohama yesterday because he was getting treatment on his right elbow elsewhere.  The Tigers told reporters he wasn't getting another examination or a follow-up.  Jojima is expected to return to practicing at Naruohama today.

Yomiuri Giants

Taishi Ota faced Yuki Saito (HAM) 4 times in yesterday's game against Ni-gun Nippon Ham: single to left, walk, single to right, RBI single to left.  He didn't have much luck on the base paths though: he was caught trying to steal once and picked off once.

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Tatsunori Hara spent some time working with Daisuke Fujimura on his hitting yesterday.  Fujimura also stayed back for extra BP after general practices.  Hara has fairly high expectations for Fujimura and already likes what he brings to the table with regards to his defense, bunting, and base-running.

Yakult Swallows

Yuki Shichijo could make his Ichi-gun debut on the 28th against the Yomiuri Giants.  Shichijo has pitched well at Ni-gun, going 2-0 in 5 games with a 1.13 ERA (24 IP, 15 H, 1 H, 5 BB, 14 SO, 3 R, 3 ER).

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Kyohei Muranaka and Shingo Kawabata are making solid progress from their injuries: Muranaka (right oblique strain) is scheduled to toss 2 innings in a rehab game against Ni-gun Lotte today; Kawabata (right leg injury) went 2-for-3 with an RBI in a Ni-gun game against Lotte yesterday (started at short and batted third).  Kawabata could return to the active roster as early as the 24th (vs Yokohama).

Hiroshima Carp

Masato Akamatsu worked out with the Ichi-gun roster for about 2 hours.  His session included: taking fielding practice in center and BP.

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Owner Hajime Matsuda told reporters yesterday that he wants to see Kenta Kurihara play out his career in Hiroshima and become one of their legendary clean-up hitters.