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CL News and Notes: Kobayashi, Kubota (HAN) have solid outings against Ni-gun Chunichi

by on Sep.20, 2011 @ 6:14 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Wei-Ying Chen's next start could come on the 25th (vs Yakult @ Nagoya Dome), again on 5 days of rest.

Hanshin Tigers

Both Hiroyuki Kobayashi and Tomoyuki Kubota pitched in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi today.  Kobayashi topped out at 145km/h and did not allow a run, or a hit, over an inning of work.  Kubota topped out at 150km/h and also did not allow a run, but did give up 1 hit, over an inning of work.

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Nikkan Sports notes that while the Tigers will probably want Jason Standridge back next season, there's a chance they might let him go if he can't get out of his current pitching funk.  And it seems they also quoted him as saying, "I feel like a lost kid."

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The last time the Tigers gave up 21 hits in a game: 6/17/2009 vs the Nippon Ham Fighters at Kyocera Dome.  Monday's game was also the third time the Tigers gave up double-digit runs this season: 6/5 vs Orix; 6/12 vs Seibu; and 9/19 vs Hiroshima.

Hiroshima Carp

Brian Barden's wife and two kids recently arrived in Japan (Sunday night).  Said Barden, "It's been 2 months.  I'm really excited.  Their presence helped me today.  But they couldn't make it out to the park since they're still sleeping..."