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CL News and Notes: Dragons handed their 20th shutout loss of the season on Sunday

by on Sep.19, 2011 @ 6:32 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons suffered their 20th shutout loss of the season on Sunday.  That's the most they've recorded since they racked 24 shutout losses in 1948 and 1956.

Hanshin Tigers

Shinjiro Hiyama collected his 135th pinch-hit hit on Sunday.

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Sanspo mentions that Tomoaki Kanemoto and the Tigers have more or less agreed to a 1-year deal with at least a 40% reduction (from around 360M yen to about 216M yen).

Yomiuri Giants

Since 7/4/2010, the Giants are 15-0-1 in games when Shinnosuke Abe hits a homer at Tokyo Dome.

Abe's homer on Sunday was also his 147th Tokyo Dome homer of his career.  That's behind Michihiro Ogasawara's 174 and Yoshinobu Takahashi's 153, and ahead of Hideki Matsui 146.

Hiroshima Carp

Jumpei Shinoda was taken off the active roster on Saturday because of tightness in his back and lower back.

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Brian Barden left Saturday's game early (replaced on defense in the 5th) because of tightness in his back.  He also had his back checked out at a hospital in Hiroshima.

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars are in the midst of a 2-game winning streak (with a tie sandwiched in between).  It is their first winning streak since they won three in a row (no ties) between 6/26 and 6/29.