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CL News and Notes: Kenji Jojima (HAN) to leave for US today for second opinions

by on Aug.08, 2011 @ 9:09 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers decided to demote Naoto Tsuru after he started last night's game against the Yakult Swallows and gave up a 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks over 1.2 innings.

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Matt Murton took part in pre-game practice last night and even got into the game as a pinch-hitter in the Bottom of the 3rd (ground out to short).

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Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi faced 13 batters during situational BP yesterday and gave up 3 could-be hits and walked 2.  Shimoyanagi is expected to pitch in a Ni-gun game some time this week.

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Kenji Jojima is scheduled to fly out to the US today in order to get second opinions on his left knee and right elbow.  He will probably be gone for about a week.

Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe showed up to pre-game practice yesterday with his head shaved down (he got his clippers out the the day before).  He also knocked out his 10th homer of the season last night and has now hit double-digit homers in each of his 11 pro seasons.  That puts him in line with other franchise greats like Sadaharu Oh (21 years, 1960-1980), Shigeo Nagashima (17 years, 1958-1974), Tatsunori Hara (14 years, 1981-1994), Yoshinobu Takahashi (11 years, 1990-2008).

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Takahashi made a nice diving grab out in left last night.