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CL News and Notes: August 29, 2011

by on Aug.29, 2011 @ 11:32 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Hirokazu Ibata practiced with the Ichi-gun roster today at Nagoya Stadium.

Said Ibata, "I'm just practicing with the team today.  But my injury is better now and there's nothing physically wrong with me.  I can't let things ends like this.  I want to do want I can to help the team."

Ibata is currently scheduled to join the active roster tomorrow.

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Kazuhiro Wada was left out of the starting line-up for the first time since 10/7/2008.  Since he also didn't make it into the game as a pinch-hitter, his consecutive games streak also ended at 388.

Hanshin Tigers

Craig Brazell is scheduled to begin outdoor workouts (like jogging, playing catch) tomorrow.  On Sunday, he worked out for about 3 hours.  Brazell has the day off today.

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Randy Messenger told reporters yesterday that his newly born son's name is Randy Jerome Messenger.  Messenger's wife, Vanessa, joking said that she wanted another Randy because her daughters took her Randy.

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Takumi Akiyama started a Ni-gun practice game against Chunichi on Sunday and gave up 7 runs on 10 hits over 4 innings of work.

Yomiuri Giants

Hayato Sakamoto wasn't in the starting lineup last night for the first time since 7/22/2009.  He did end up playing a pivotal role in the game though: he entered the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the 7th and later smashed a 2-out 2-run triple to center in the top of the 10th.  It should also be noted that Sakamoto struck out with the bases loaded in the top of the 8th.

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato topped out at 156km/h last night.  And of the 63 fastballs he threw, 57 were above 150km/h.  He also hit 154km/h on his 123rd pitch.

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Ryoji Aikawa was held out of the starting line-up on Sunday with a contusion on his right thumb.  Aikawa suffered the injury during Friday's game when he took a Kyohei Muranaka wild pitch off the thumb.  The Swallows won't make any decisions on Aikawa until they see how he's feeling over the next day or so (the team has a day off tomorrow).