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CL News and Notes: August 1, 2011

by on Aug.01, 2011 @ 9:27 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Wei-Ying Chen worked out at Nagoya Dome today.  He is scheduled to pitch in the Dragons' 3-game series against the Yakult Swallows that begins tomorrow.

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi traveled to Tokyo via Shinkansen today since he'll probably start tomorrow's game against the Yomiuri Giants.

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Matt Murton is looking forward to "facing" Karina Maruyama (soccer).  She'll be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for the Giants tomorrow and Murton will likely be the one standings in the batter's box (since he hits lead-off).

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Yasutomo Kubo's next start could come on the 5th against the Yakult Swallows (Kyocera Dome).

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Takahiro Arai extended his hitting streak to 5 games last night. Arai's July numbers:

22 G, 24-for-85, 17 R, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 11 SO, 6 BB, .282/.330/.518

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Keiichi Hirano recorded his 6th modasho of the season last night.  Hirano's July numbers:

22 G, 26-for-89, 12 R, 12 SO, 2 BB, 3 SB, .292/.323/.315

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Naoto Tsuru started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi yesterday and tossed 6 shutout innings while allowing 1 hit.

Yomiuri Giants

Dicky Gonzalez worked out at Giants Stadium today in preparation for a possible start tomorrow against the Hanshin Tigers (Tokyo Dome).

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Tetsuya Utsumi threw 30 pitches (all fastballs) in the bullpen at Giants Stadium today.  He will probably start Thursday's (8/4) game against the Hanshin Tigers.

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Kentaro Nishimura threw 30 pitches (all fastballs) to a standing catcher in the bullpen today.  This was Nishimura's first bullepn since he developed a blister during his last start on 7/27.

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The Giants announced that they'll be holding tryouts for male players between the ages 18 and 22 at Giants Stadium on 9/11.

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The Giants announced that Karina Maruyama (soccer) will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday's (8/3) game against the Hanshin Tigers.  Maruyama was a member of the women's national soccer team that competed and won at the recent FIFA Women's World Cup.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows have 11 ties for the first time since they recorded 16 in 1981.

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Norichika Aoki notched his 7th modasho of the year last night.  Aoki's July numbers:

22 G, 25-for-95, 12 R, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 10 SO, 5 BB, .263/.314/.326

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Tony Barnette has not allowed a run in any of his appearances since 6/3 (vs Nippon Ham) -- 22 G, 21.1 IP, 12 H, 23 SO, 6 BB.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Brent Leach w0rked out at Yokohama Stadium today.  He'll probably get a start during the Hiroshima Carp series that begins tomorrow.