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CL News and Notes: Atsushi Nomi becomes first lefty on Tigers to pitch 200 innings since Kei Igawa

by on Oct.25, 2011 @ 5:19 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Hiromitsu Ochiai spent about 10 minutes watching the beginning of practice at Nagoya Dome on Sunday and then disappeared.

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The Ichi-gun Dragons headed to Miyazaki after practices on Monday to continue their training for the Climax Series.

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Even though Morimichi Takagi isn't under contract and hasn't officially taken over the team as new manager yet, he'll be attending the draft (the NPB apparently requested that he attend) and will be the one to do any draws, if necessary.

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi became the first left-handed pitcher in franchise history to hit the 200 inning mark (200.1 IP) since Kei Igawa tossed 209.0 innings in 2006.

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The new coaching staff will likely have Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Tomoyuki Kubota, and Yuya Ando attend fall camp this year.

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Matt Murton told reporters after Monday's final game of the season that while he'd be happy if he returned to play in Japan next year, he still wanted time to think about where to play.

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Hanshin Department stores will be running fan appreciation sales between 10/26 and 10/30.

Yomiuri Giants

Shun Tono threw 53 pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.  He also moved closer to third on the rubber.

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The team worked out at Giants Stadium on Monday and headed to Miyazaki after practices.  Tono and Kentaro Nishimura are scheduled to pitch in tomorrow's Phoenix League game against the LG Twins.

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A mini welcoming ceremony was held for the Ichi-gun Giants at Miyazaki Airport on Monday.

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Tatsunori Hara doesn't plan on babying the players (specifically with things like going out partying) in Miyazaki -- he expects the players to act according without any need for him to give orders.  He also told the batting coaches and advance scouts not to inundate players with too much information because they should already have a good enough idea of how to approach the Yakult Swallows.

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Hayato Sakamoto got caught up in traffic and missed the team plane to Miyazaki on Monday (he took the next flight).

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Hisayoshi Chono is just the third player in franchise history to win a batting title in his second year.  The other two: Tetsuhar Kawakami in 1939 and Shigeo Nagashima in 1959.  Chono will also be the first right-handed Japanese Giant to win a batting title since Nagashima in 1971.

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The Giants are currently thinking about offering the recently retired Kiyoshi Toyoda a coaching job (at Ni-gun/San-gun with the aim of helping develop younger players) with the team next year.

Yakult Swallows

The media learned on Monday that Tony Barnette plans on getting married to his girlfriend, Hillary Jones, in Arizona on 12/3.  Congrats!

The Swallows also expect Barnette to be ready for the Climax Series.

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Shinya Miyamoto has a chance at becoming just the 4th player in NPB history to record a .300 or better batting average during the year in which he turns 41 (he turns 41 in November).  At worst, he can go 0-for-6 tonight and still finish at .300.  The other three players: Katsuzki Tokura in 1955, Hiromitsu Kadota in 1989, and Hiromitsu Ochiai in 1995 and 1996.

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Ryosuke Morioka and Takahiro Araki each went 0-for-2 during simulated BP on Sunday.

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp are thinking about naming Ni-gun chief batting coach Junzo Uchida their new Ni-gun manager.  Uchida has been acting as interim manager at the Phoenix League since Ni-gun manager Ryuzo Yamasaki stepped down after the season.

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars are letting 10 staff members go: 5 athletic trainers; BP pitchers Ryoma Hashimoto, Takashi Tsutsumiuchi, Masafumi Ashida, and Rui Makino; and bullpen catcher Ryoji Fukatani