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CL News and Notes: Tomoaki Kanemoto (HAN) will likely return to the starting line-up today

by on Jun.24, 2011 @ 3:57 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuhiro Wada has hit 7 homers in 12 games at Mazda Stadium over his career.


The Donoue brothers (Naomichi and Takehiro) both worked out with the Ichi-gun roster yesterday for the first time this year.

Hanshin Tigers

Tomoaki Kanemoto will likely return to the starting line-up today, in left batting seventh.

Kanemoto took part in situational fielding practice yesterday and didn't have any problems with the four chances he had (field the ball and throw it into the cutoff man / infield).  He also took took a second round of fly balls during outfield fielding practice (fielding coach Koji Yamawaki and Akinobu Mayumi worked the fungo bats).


Keiichi Hirano is ready to play second or center, wherever the team needs him (and dependent on whether or not Kanemoto is in the starting line-up).


Kyuji Fujikawa threw 26 pitches off the Koshien mound after infield drills yesterday.  Mayumi stepped into the right-handed batter's box partway through; BP pitcher Yusuke Nakabayashi and Shinjiro Hiyama helped out by stepping into the left-handed batter's box (Hiyama saw around 9 pitches).  Fujikawa also threw around 30 pitches in the bullpen the day before.


Yasutomo Kubo could return to the starting rotation during the Tigers' 9-game streak that begins on 7/12.


Kenji Jojima spent about 4 hours working out at Naruohama yesterday.  His work outs included about 30 minutes of running and various indoor training exercises for areas of his body other than his ailing right elbow.  Today marks two weeks since he first started his rehab.

Yakult Swallows

Junji Ogawa figures the AKB(B) hold the keys (and are key) to the Swallows' success: Norichika Aoki, Shingo Kawabata, Kazuhiro "Boo" Hatakeyama, and Wladimir Balentien.