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2011 All-Star Game News and Notes: July 18, 2011

by on Jul.18, 2011 @ 4:42 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Alex Ramirez hasn't been able to play the last couple of games after he was hit by a pitch on his right foot on the 13th.  He told reporters today that he spoke to Hiromitsu Ochiai about playing at the upcoming All-Star series.

"He knows I'm injured so I won't be playing any defense," said Ramirez.  "He also suggested that we decide on my status based on how I'm doing.  I think everything will work out fine for me during the All-Star series."

Other Yomiuri players that made the All-Star roster, like Tetsuya UtsumiShinnosuke Abe, Hayato Sakamoto, Hisayoshi Chono, and Hirokazu Sawamura, also met with Ochiai on the field.

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles will selling limited edition t-shirts that feature their 3 All-Stars (Masahiro Tanaka, Motohiro Shima, and Takeshi Yamasaki).  The shirts will go on sale on the 22nd and carry a price tag of 2,000 yen.  The Eagles have already sold-out on pre-orders of the t-shirt at their online store.