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CL News and Notes: Giants’ Nishimura, Tono, Utsumi to start against Dragons

by on Sep.17, 2011 @ 2:00 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Masahiro Araki stayed back for extra work after practice on Friday.

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Tony Blanco was hit on the left shoulder by an errant throw made by Takahiro Arai in the top of the 4th inning of Thursday night's game against the Hanshin Tigers.

With runners on first and third and 1 out, Blanco hit a grounder to first.  Arai grabbed the ball, stepped on first, and then fired off a throw to home plate.  Only, instead of hitting the catcher's mitt, it knocked into Blanco's left shoulder.  The ball rolled into foul territory and allowed the runner on third to score.

Said Blanco, "I was surprised [when I got hit].  But my adrenaline was going so it didn't hurt.  I'm just glad it didn't hit my face."

Hanshin Tigers

Daiki Enokida switched to a different colored glove (from black to brown) after giving up a 2-run homer to Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (YAK) on the 11th.

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Craig Brazell ordered 35 pizzas after Thursday's Ni-gun game against Softbank and handed 20 out to the Tigers and 15 out to Softbank.  "It's Pizza Day," said Brazell.  "Just a show of my appreciation."

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants will likely start Kentaro Nishimura, Shun Tono, and Tetsuya Utsumi during their 3-game series against the Chunichi Dragons (9/17 - 9/19).  The three will then go on to pitch on 5 days of rest against the Hanshin Tigers (9/23 - 9/25).

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Ryosuke Miyaguni started a Ni-gun game against Seibu on Friday and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits over 5 innings work.  He also got the win, his first since turning pro.

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Michihiro Ogasawara had on a glove while playing catch at Giants Stadium on Friday.  It was the first time he put a glove on his hand since his injury and he didn't actually do any catching with it.

"I tried wearing the glove, but it wasn't any good," said Ogasawara.  "Something felt different.  Other than that, everything else was just like yesterday"