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CL News and Notes: June 23, 2011

by on Jun.24, 2011 @ 12:17 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons worked out at Nagoya Dome for about 2 hours before traveling to Hiroshima today.  Kazuki Yoshimi, Wei-Ying Chen, Maximo Nelson, Yudai Kawai, and Kenichi Nakata tossed BP during practice.

Chen will probably get tomorrow's start against the Carp and told reporters that he didn't feel 100% comfortable on the mound.

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Masahiko Morino and Masahiro Araki played a little game of "who is the better pitcher?" just before the end of practice at Nagoya Dome today.  Both decided to give up since neither had any control.

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers worked out at Koshien Stadium today (which included fielding and batting practice).  Daiki Enokida spent some time running up and down the stairs as part of his lower body strengthening program.

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Naoto Tsuru started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi today and allowed 2 runs (2-run homer in the 2nd) on 4 hits over 5 innings of work.

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Owner Shinya Sakai spoke to reporters today and said that his comments about Tetsuya Utsumi (YOM) being ripe for a loss and how the Tigers probably wouldn't even have to try in order to hit him were taken out of context and that he didn't mean any actual ill-will towards the lefty.

Sakai decided to clarify his comments after Utsumi said he wasn't going to be provoked by such comments.

Yomiuri Giants

Hirokazu Sawamura worked out at Koshien Stadium today and told reporters he was hoping to record his first victory at the stadium (he'll probably start Sunday's game against the Tigers).

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Tatsunori Hara worked with Hayato Sakamoto on his hitting during practice today.

Yakult Swallows

New acting owner / director (president) Tsuyoshi Kinugasa dropped by Jingu Stadium before practice today in order to introduce himself to the players and staff.

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Shingo Kawabata joined the Ichi-gun team for practice at Jingu today.

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The Swallows will be giving fans a 30 yen discount for every strikeout they record during home games between 6/24 and 7/24 (a total 8 games).  The final discount amount will be good for tickets (seat A reserved with a list price of 3,900 yen) to a 3-game series against the Yomiuri Giants in September (9/2-9/4).

Yokohama Bay Stars

Takao Obana told reporters today that in addition to the starters doing their jobs, he also felt that Hichori Morimoto held the key to the team's success.

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The players sat down for a meeting (about 30 minutes) before practice today.