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CL News and Notes: Hisayoshi Chono (YOM) starts taking BP

by on Aug.11, 2011 @ 5:36 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Naomichi Donoue was responsible for driving in the team's first (and only) run in 25 innings last night.


Hiromitsu Ochiai was warned and fined 100,000 yen for getting ejected (delay of game) in Tuesday night's game against the Hanshin Tigers.

Ochiai spent over 5 minutes arguing a bunt by Hidenori -- umps ruled it foul but Ochiai though the ball hit Hidenori on the hand for an HBP.

Hanshin Tigers

Minoru Iwata's next start will likely come on the 14th against the Yakult Swallows (he was originally scheduled to start today's game).


Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima yesterday and tossed 5 shutout innings while allow 4 hits.  Shimoyanagi is another candidate for the 6th spot in the starting rotation.


Daiki Enokida tossed a shutout inning of relief in yesterday's Ni-gun game against Hiroshima.  Sanspo figures he'll be traveling with the Ni-gun team on their upcoming road trip to Fukuoka but Nikkan Sports mentions that there's a chance he could be activated for the Yakult Swallows' series that begins tomorrow.


The media learned yesterday that the Hanshin Tigers will begin team development meetings for the 2012 season later this month.

Yomiuri Giants

Hisayoshi Chono started taking BP today at Giants Stadium.  Said Chono, "I'm fine.  They just need to call me.  I'm all set to go."

Chono started working out again yesterday (running, playing catch, stationary bike) for the first time since he was hit in the face by a pitch during a game against the Hiroshima Carp on the 7th.  He is currently scheduled to rejoin the Ichi-gun team tomorrow.


Team chairman Tsuneo Watanabe on Tatsunori Hara's future with the team (from yesterday):

There's only Hara.  There isn't another stand-up guy like him that has as much experience. ... If the Giants [finish in the top three] and make some noise during the Climax Series, there isn't anyone else but Hara. ... He tried benching Sakamoto then Ogaswara.  He's keeping a cool head while making difficult moves.  The team started winning after he made those kinds of tough moves.

When asked if Hara would return next season regardless of where the team finished:

They'll finish [in the top three].  Please, don't worry [about that].


Yoshinobu Takahashi is having a great month of August so far:

7 G, 10-for-23, 5 HR, 25 TB, 8 RBI, 3 SO, 2 BB, .435/.519/1.087

It took Takahashi 40 games to record his first 4 homers and just 7 games for his last 5.

Yakult Swallows

Power Drought: Josh Whitesell recorded the team's first homer in the month of August last night.

The Swallows last homer: Norichika Aoki on 7/29 against the Yomiuri Giants.


Yuki Shichijo won his start last night against the Hiroshima Carp and became the first rookie in franchise history to start their Ichi-gun careers with 4 wins and no losses.


The Yakult Swallows will be selling ticket packs to games on the 18th, 19th (Yokohama), and 21st (Hiroshima) that include a Norichika Aoki towel.  A total 800 sets will be available.