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CL News and Notes: Craig Brazell’s (HAN) return could hinge on weather conditions

by on Sep.17, 2011 @ 8:18 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Jason Standridge spent about 1.5 hours working with pitching coach Yasuo Kubo (away from the media) on Friday.  Standridge is currently scheduled to pitch on the 19th against the Hiroshima Carp (Mazda).

"I did a little throwing in the bullpen," said Standridge.  "I also talked to Kubo the pitching coach.  We talked about my mechanics and about pitch patterns.  It was fun."

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Randy Messenger is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Hiroshima Carp (Mazda).

Atsushi Nomi's next start will probably be on the 20th, also against Hiroshima (Mazda).  And if he goes on 4 days of rest after that, he could have a chance to make a start against the Giants on the 25th (Koshien).

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Yoshiaki Oka (chief coach of the position players) and Katsuhiko Kido (head coach) spent time working with the players on Friday -- Oka was in charge of teaching players how to field bunts while Kido was in charge of teaching players how to bunt / slash bunt.

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According to Sanspo, while Craig Brazell is scheduled to join the active roster today, the Tigers aren't completely sure if they'll put him in the starting line-up right away because of the poor weather they're expecting.

"I spoke to [Brazell]," said fielding / base-running coach Teruyoshi Kuji.  "He looked good.  But we're a little worried about the weather.  If it's raining, the manager might use him as a pinch-hitter instead."

Batting coach Yutaka Wada also wouldn't commit to anything and said, "Nothing has been decided yet.  There's a meeting tomorrow so I'll talk to the manager then."  When asked if he'd bat fifth, Kubo simply said, "Something like that."

Sponichi figures Brazell will be in the starting line-up at first, batting sixth.

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The front office thinks it might be time for some changes in the coaching staff, regardless of whether or not Akinobu Mayumi returns next season.  An unnamed front office member is quoted as saying, "They aren't good at competing.  Changes should be made. ... Up to now, we listened to what the manager had to say [about the staff]...  But results are what counts."

Yomiuri Giants

If the Giants make it to the Climax Series, they plan on holding a mini-camp in Miyazaki.

Assuming no rain outs, the Giants' regular season will end on 10/16.  The first game of the First Stage of the Climax Series is scheduled on 10/29.  That would give the Giants 12 days to rest and hold workouts.  The other teams in the playoff hunt play deeper into the month: Yakult Swallows have games scheduled through to the 19th; the Chunichi Dragons through to 20th; and the Hanshin Tigers through to the 23rd.

Yakult Swallows

Yuki Shichijo might have another shot at starting an Ichi-gun game during the Swallows' 9-game stretch that begins today.

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Aaron Guiel (2007), Alex Ramirez (2003), Roberto Petagine (2000), Larry Parrish (1989), Charlie Manuel (1981), and John Scott (1979) are the only players in franchise history to hit homers in 5 straight games.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Ni-gun manager Kazyuki Shirai admitted to reporters on Friday that he had an attachment to the Nippon Ham Fighters' organization because of all the things he experienced with them.  When asked if he received an offers from them, he said no.

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The indoor training facilities (at Naze Sports Park) that Yokohama uses during fall camp in Amami, Kagoshima is getting new artificial turf (to the tune of 45M yen in construction costs).