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CL News and Notes: Hanshin Tigers record 4,000th franchise victory

by on Jul.02, 2011 @ 1:08 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Yudai Ono pitched two relief innings during a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima today.  Ono entered the game in the 6th and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and struck out the side in the 7th.  He threw a total 29 pitches.

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers became the third team in the CL (after Yomiuri and Chunichi) to record 4,000 franchise victories.  Since 1950, they are 4,000-3,927-244.

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Hiroyuki Kobayashi joined the Ichi-gun team in Okayama today, as planned.  He took part in pre-game practices and later told reporters he was feeling fine.

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Yasutomo Kubo threw 45 pitches in the bullpen today.  It was Kubo's second bullpen since his injury and the first time he mixed in off-speed pitches.  He is currently scheduled to toss BP at Naruohama on Sunday.  If he's feeling fine after that, he could pitch in a Ni-gun game on 7/8 vs Softbank.  That could put him in line for a return to the active roster some time after the 12th.

Yomiuri Giants

Levi Romero will likely be demoted after giving up 3 runs (all earned) in 0.1 innings of work tonight against the Chunichi Dragons.

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Saburo Omura's first hit with the Yomiuri Giants came tonight: it was a solo homer off Kazuki Yoshimi (CHU) in the bottom of the 8th.

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Satoshi Fukuda's wife gave birth to the couple's second child (a girl weighing 3,582 grams) on 6/29 at 11:42pm.