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CL News and Notes: Hanshin Tigers begin long summer road trip, won’t be back at Koshien until 8/26

by on Aug.02, 2011 @ 10:11 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons could start Maxillo Nelson, Wei-Ying Chen, and Enyelbert Soto during their 3-game series against the Yakult Swallows (at Nagoya Dome) that begins tonight.

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers begin their long road trip today -- they don't play another game at Koshien Stadium until 8/26.  They'll also be playing 9 games against the Yakult Swallows this month (3 at Kyocera Dome; 3 at Jingu; and 3 at Koshien).

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Jason Standridge has tossed back-to-back complete game victories.  If he tosses another during his next start, he'll become the first foreign Tiger to do so since Gene Bacque in 1968.  If he tosses a shutout, he'll also become the first foreign Tiger to record 3 since Bacque (1968).

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The Tigers will likely go with Atsushi Nomi, Standridge, and Minoru Iwata for their 3-game series against the Yomiuri Giants that begins tonight.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto spent about an hour working out at Koshien yesterday before heading to Tokyo.

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Naoto Tsuru may have won an Ichi-gun start on either 8/6 or 8/7 (both vs Yakult) after tossing 6 shutout innings during his last Ni-gun start on 7/31 (vs Chunichi).  That also means he could join the Ichi-gun roster for practice as early as on the 5th.

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The media learned yesterday that Akinobu Mayumi is scheduled to meet with team president Nobuo Minami today in order to begin discussions about the 2012 season.  It seems part of the plan is to make sure Mayumi can focus on the current season without worrying about next year (he's in the first year of a 2-year deal).

Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara worked with Hayato Sakamoto for about an hour and a half on his hitting yesterday (even though the position players had the day off).

Hara is also thinking about moving Alex Ramirez back into the clean-up spot after the veteran approached him wanting to bat fourth again.

Yakult Swallows

Masanori Ishikawa will likely start tonight's game against the Chunichi Dragons (Nagoya Dome).

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Chief / pitching coach Daisuke Araki told reporters yesterday that Chang-Yong Lim is the team's closer.  Pitching coach Tomohito Ito added that they were going to begin monitoring Lim's workload and consider giving him days off in order to combat the summer fatigue (Lim doesn't necessarily hold up well in the hot summer months).  That means Tony Barnette could get a few chances to close out games.

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The Swallows' Ni-gun spring camp will not be split into two legs next year and will solely take place in Saito, Miyazaki.

Hiroshima Carp

Jun Hirose and Brian Barden are scheduled to meet up with the Ichi-gun roster today.  Both players could be activated and could be in the starting line-up today.

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars are looking to schedule a game against Yokohama Shoka University some time this month.