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CL News and Notes: Takuro Ishii becomes oldest Hiroshima Carp to hit a homer

by on Sep.04, 2011 @ 2:39 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers will need to make up 8 games (plus 2 as of yet unannounced games) over 15 days in October (between 10/13 and 10/27).  There's also a chance they might not be able to play out a full 144-game schedule.

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Tsuyoshi Shimoyangi was scheduled to start a game on the 4th, but with the two rain-outs, he'll be sent down to Ni-gun again today and will likely compete with Takumi Akiyama and Kai-Wen Cheng for a start on 9/11 vs Yakult (Jingu).

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Keiichi Hirano apparently has a chance to become the first player in NPB history to win Golden Gloves at two positions (2B and OF) during one season.  Current qualification rules for the award stipulate that players must play at least half a season's games (72 games) at a position in order to be eligible with no limits to the number of positions.  Hirano has currently played 70 games at 2B and 56 games in the OF.

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Yasutomo Kubo could get 2 more starts against the Yakult Swallows this month (9/10 and 9/29).

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Keisuke Kano spent some time catching pitchers in the bullpen yesterday.

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Craig Brazell could return to the active roster as early as 9/27.

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GM Shoji Numasawa told reporters yesterday that they already started talking to both Takahiro Arai and Takashi Toritani about staying with the team (earlier last week, before they even earned their options, no contract talk, just words to let them know they're needed).  Daily Sports figures the Tigers may be considering a 3 years deal worth about 700M yen for Arai and a 4-year deal worth 1.2B yen for Toritani (Sanspo thinks 3 years at 900M yen with a chance to manage in the future).

If a team wants to pry Toritani away from the Tigers, Sanspo figures it'll take at least 4 years at 1.6B yen (plus compensation in the form of either money or a player).

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori victory last night came on his mother's birthday.  This will be the second straight year he'll be able to send his mother a ball from a game he won on his mother's birthday.  Yoshinori also topped out at 154km/h.

Hiroshima Carp

Takuro Ishii became the oldest Carp on Saturday night to hit a homer at 41 years.  The previous record of 40 years and 9 months was held by Sachio Kinugasa (1987).  The CL record of 43 years and 4 months is currently held by Tomoaki Kanemoto (2011).  And the NPB record of 45 years and 5 months, by Yoshiyuki Iwamoto (1957).

It was also Ishii's first homer since 7/16/2009 and his 102nd of his career.