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CL News and Notes: Yuya Kubo could be Yomiuri’s new closer

by on Jul.28, 2011 @ 2:46 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Tomoaki Kanemoto didn't take outdoor BP for the third straight day yesterday.  He also didn't take part in pre-game catch and fielding practice.

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Hiroki Uemoto's grand slam last night kicked in the 10% discount on every menu item (other than alcohol-related items) at the Coconut Garden in Koshien Stadium for the first time (a new idea they rolled out this season).

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Matt Murton became the first player in the CL to record 100 hits in the CL last night.

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Issei Morita's historical first at bat home run ball will be on display at the Museum of Hanshin Koshien Stadium, beginning today.  The ball will be returned to Morita once the museum is finished with it.

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Craig Brazell was left out of the starting line-up last night for the third time this season.  The reason?  Because Wei-Ying Chen was starting for the Chunichi Dragons.  Brazell hasn't done well against Chen (1-for-17 with 6 strikeouts last season and 0-for-2 with 1 strikeout this season) and tends to go into slumps after he faces him.

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Jason Standridge apparently likes how Akihito Fujii calls a game (he told reporters after last night's game that he did a great job calling them).  The numbers also seem to back-up what Standridge says (does not take substitutions partway through the game):

With Fujii behind the plate: 8 G, 6-0, 63.0 IP, 42 H, 51 SO, 8 R, 8 ER

With Jojima behind the plate: 6 G, 2-2, 33.1 IP, 28 H, 21 SO, 13 R, 12 ER

Standridge also became the first foreign Tiger to record back-to-back complete game victories since Matt Keough in 1989.

Yomiuri Giants

Further evidence that Shun Tono is returning to the starting rotation: Yuya Kubo was called on to close last night's game and pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi told reporters he was their only option.

Yakult Swallows

If Yuki Shichijo manages to wins another game as a starter before losing a game, he'll set a new franchise record of starting off their careers with 4 straight wins without a loss during their rookie year.  Kentaro Kyuko (2011) and Makoto Fujiwara (1969) also started their careers off with 4 straight victories in their rookie seasons, but neither recorded all 4 victories as a starter.