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CL News and Notes: Craig Brazell (HAN) could return as early as the 17th

by on Sep.12, 2011 @ 1:18 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons held a press conference today to announce that they accepted the 3M yen fine that was imposed by the NPB for their failure to keep their medical records updated on Hirokazu Ibata.  They also said that they finished submitting the necessary paperwork to the league (statement on how they plan on improving, Ibata's full explanation and apology).

Regarding what they were going to do in order to avoid a similar problem from cropping up again, they listed four points: 1) improve understanding of anti-doping rules on a team-wide level; 2) the team rep and chief trainer will become responsible for keeping track of issues; 3) make sure the players and staff understand what kind of medicine is being used; 4) take better care in storing and keeping track of medical forms.

Hanshin Tigers

Daiki Enokida surrendered his first Ichi-gun homer Sunday night (47th game, 207th batter) -- a tie-breaking 2-run homer to Kazuhiro Hatakeyama in the bottom of the 8th inning.  He also suffered his first lost against a CL team -- his other two losses came against PL teams (Rakuten Eagles on 5/28 and the Seibu Lions on 6/12).

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Matt Murton extended his hitting streak to 7 games on Sunday (11-for-27).  He also told reporters after their 4-2 loss to the Yakult Swallows that he wanted Craig Brazell back so that the team could get back to playing their kind of game.

And speaking of Brazell, he's currently scheduled to play a Ni-gun rehab game on the 13th against Softbank.  Workouts on Sunday included: running the base paths (from home to first x 5, from home to first with a wide turn x 2, from home to second x 8), playing catch, taking some grounders, and swinging the bat 58 times during BP and hitting 4 over the fence.  If everything goes well, he could join the Ichi-gun players as early as the 17th.

Yomiuri Giants

Yoshinobu Takahashi picked up a walk-off RBI single to center on Sunday.  It was the fifth of his career (first since 7/6/2003) and the first non-homer walk-off of his career.  He's also the first player in franchise history to go 7 or more years without a walk-off since Takayuki Shimizu (1998 and 2006).

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On Sunday, Shun Tono became the first pitcher in franchise history to start a game on 1 day of rest since Takashi Nishimoto in 1980.

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The Giants are 16-12 during the day and 39-40-8 at night.

Yakult Swallows

Kentaro Kyuko's consecutive scoreless outings streak came to an end Sunday night at 22 games.

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda did some light workouts during pre-game practice on Sunday and told reporters his right hand was feeling fine.  As of now, it doesn't appear as though he'll miss his next start.