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CL News and Notes: Yakult likely to turn to Tony Barnette while Chang-Yong Lim is out

by on Aug.14, 2011 @ 1:52 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuki Yoshimi left last night's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars in the middle of the bottom of the 6th (he left with runners on first and second and 2 out).  TV Kanagawa broadcasters mentioned the possibility of an injury (perhaps a fingernail), but Yoshimi denied any injury after the game.

Yomiuri Giants

As of this posting, Hisayoshi Chono is the only batter (with the necessary at bats) in the CL with a batting average above .300 (he's batting .310).  The next closest batter is Matt Murton (.297).

Yakult Swallows

With Chang-Yong Lim out with hip / back pain, the Swallows will likely rely on Tony Barnette to be their closer.

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Shinya Miyamoto and Masanori Ishikawa gathered the players together for a meeting after their loss to the Hanshin Tigers on Friday night.

Hiroshima Carp

Kenjiro Nomura told reporters after last night's game that he made a mistake by pulling Jumpei Shinoda when he did (no one on, 1 out, and Hayato Sakamoto coming up to bat).

I thought it best to switch to Kishimoto before he could allow any base runners and with 1 out. ... I guess I could have Shinoda...  Bringing in [Kishimoto] was my fault.

And chief pitching coach Yutaka Ono voiced concerns about having Shinoda face Sakamoto again:

He walked Sakamoto the at bat before and also gave up hits to him [in the two at bats before that].

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Starts haven't been able to record any back-to-back victories since they won 3 in a row between 6/26 and 6/29.