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CL News and Notes: December 20, 2011

by on Dec.21, 2011 @ 12:26 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons returned to Japan from the championship trip to Hawaii on Tuesday.

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Takuya Asao told reporters he will be prepared to throw as often as necessary next season, so long as the outings are limited to one inning.  This past season, Asao pitched in four straight games once and three straight games three times.

Asao will probably dial his bullpen session back a little during spring camp next year and focus on running.  He is also scheduled to work out in Guam in January and will likely delay his throwing program by about a week.

On Tuesday, Asao was selected as the winner of the first Chita, Aichi Citizen's Honor Award.

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Takeshi Yamasaki donated 1.1M yen to Miyagi prefecture (100,000 yen x 11 home runs), 1M yen each to Sendai City and Kurihara City, and the 2M yen Golden Spirit reward money to the Higashi Nihon Daishinsai Miyagi Children's Fund on Monday.

On Tuesday, Yamasaki visited the children's ward at Tohoku University Hospital.

Hanshin Tigers

The media learned on Monday that the Tigers are planning to give former head coach Katsuhiko Kido a job in the front office.

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Team president Nobuo Minami told players during a rookie seminar on Monday that everyone should strive to make something of themselves within three years of turning pro.

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi, Hisayoshi Chono, and Daisuke Fujimura participated in a Christmas event in Koriyama, Fukushima on Tuesday.  About 300 fans attended.

Yakult Swallows

According to Sanspo, Masanori Ishikawa became just the second Japanese pitcher in franchise history to reach the 200M yen mark in salary.  The other: Kazuhisa Ishii in 2006.  Ishikawa will be in the third year of a four-year deal.

Sponichi says he is the third Japanese pitcher in franchise history to reach 200M yen: Shingo Takasu in 2003 and Ishii in 2006, 2007.

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Kurihara spoke in front of a class of about 75 students at Kinki University on Monday.  Kurihara is scheduled to leave Japan today in order to continue his workouts in the US and will return before the end of the year.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Pitching coach Yui "Denney" Tomori told reporters he plans to have pitchers doing a lot of throwing and running during spring camp.  And if they can not deal with the workload, they will be shipped down to Ni-gun.

"I think they are going to feel the burn in their legs after the first day of camp.  And if they can not handle it, they will be replaced," said Tomori.  "If they are made to feel an obligation to win, then I think they will realize how miserable they currently are."

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Kiyoshi Nakahata told reporters the opening day start should have the following qualities: someone that can keep the fans and players on the edge of their seat; someone full of spirit; and someone that can remain calm.  Possible candidates include Daisuke Miura, Kentaro Takasaki, and Yuki Kuniyoshi.