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CL News and Notes: Matt Murton (HAN) to stay put in the 6-hole for now

by on Sep.23, 2011 @ 3:43 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Kentaro Sekimoto took outdoor BP for the first time since he was taken off the active roster with back pains on Thursday.  He also took some grounders in the infield.  Sekimoto could play in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on Friday.

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The Tigers don't plan on moving Matt Murton out of the 6-hole for the time being.  That doesn't mean he won't return to batting lead-off.

"He can also bat first.  It's good to have variety.  He has the ability to bat anywhere in the line-up," said batting coach Yutaka Wada.

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Team owner Shinya Sakai told reporters that the team isn't planning on giving Akinobu Mayumi a pay cut.

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As part of their attempt to strengthen their farm system, the Tigers are also thinking about coming down harder on younger players when they get injured.  According to a Nikkan Sports report, the idea may be to have players quit if they're continually getting hurt.

In the Nikkan Sports article, an unnamed coach is quoted as saying, "[We need to figure out] why we can't [develop players].  Players that complain of being hurt, we should just let them throw in the towel.  [After all,] we get new [a new supply of] players every year through the draft."

The quote probably shouldn't be taken literally, but over the last few years, the Tigers haven't had much luck developing home-grown talent and as such, have been extra cautious about their young players.  But this hasn't helped the situation: instead of reaping the benefits of a rich farm system, the Tigers apparently feel they have a bunch of young players that are too "soft."  That is, they get hurt easily and they end up missing large chunks time.  By taking a harsher approach to player development, they feel they can weed out the weak and build system full of strong, gutsy players like Tomoaki Kanemoto and Takashi Toritani.

Yomiuri Giants

Ryuichi Kajimae traveled with the Ichi-gun team to Kobe on Thursday and also took part in Ichi-gun practices at Koshien in the afternoon.

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Even though Yoshinobu Takahashi was given the day off on Thursday to rest, he still ended up taking part in practices at Koshien (his own decision).

Yakult Swallows

The Metropolitan Police Department arrested a 51-year-old assistant inspector from the Yotsuya Police Department on Thursday on grounds that he stole 6 Yakult t-shirts and paper bags from an underground storage facility at Jingu Stadium at around 4pm on 8/28.

Hiroshima Carp

Dennis Sarfate on the possibility of setting a new franchise record for saves:

"I'm not really thinking about the numbers, but it'll be an honor if I do manage to set a new record.  Of course, I'm also aware of what [Katsuhiro] Nagakawa has done for the team and the solid numbers he has posted.  But I also think it would be great if I can leave my mark with this team."