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CL News and Notes: Shohei Tateyama (YAK) tosses 58 pitches during Ni-gun outing

by on Sep.03, 2011 @ 8:09 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Rain Man: Yasutomo Kubo has recently had three of his starts canceled due to rain: 7/19 vs Hiroshima at Hiroshima; 8/19 vs Yokohama at Yokohama; and 9/2 vs Yokohama at Koshien.  And while not a Tiger, Kazuki Yoshimi (CHU) had his last 2 starts (8/26 vs Yokohama at Yokohama and 9/2 vs Hiroshima at Mazda) rained out as well.

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Keisuke Kano doesn't want the Tigers to forget that he can also catch in emergency situations -- the team is currently carrying two catchers in Akihito Fujii and Shinji Komiyama.

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Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi worked out with the Ichi-gun players on Friday at Koshien Stadium for the first time since he was taken off the active roster on 6/7.

Shimoyanagi was originally scheduled to pitch on Sunday, but with the rain out yesterday, it's possible he may not see a start until 9/8.

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Hiroyuki Kobayashi is currently scheduled to pitch during a 2-game series against Ni-gun Orix that begins today.  Kobayashi has been working on making adjustments on his mechanics and hasn't pitched in a game since 8/26.

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Kenji Jojima's first day of rehab on Friday lasted about 4 hours.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are guaranteed a winning record against the Yomiuri Giants this year for the first time since 2000 -- they're 11-6-4 with 3 games remaining.

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Kyohei Muranaka is the first Swallow pitcher to record 3 or more victories 2 years straight (3 victories in 2010; 3 victories in 2011) against the Yomiuri Giants since Tomohito Ito (3 victories in 1999 and 4 victories in 2000).  And he's the first left-handed Yakult pitcher since Takeshi Yasuda (5 victories in 1976 and 3 victories in 1977).

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Shohei Tateyama tossed 3 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits (58 pitches) during his first Ni-gun rehab outing on Friday (vs Lotte).

Hiroshima Carp

With yesterday's rain out, there's now a chance that Kenta Maeda will get to start a game against Hirokazu Sawamura (YOM) on the 9th (Tokyo Dome).

Yokohama Bay Stars

Daisuke Miura's next start could come on the 4th against the Hanshin Tigers (Koshien).