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Yokohama Bay Stars: February 24, 2012

by on Feb.24, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

Kentaro Takasaki is scheduled to start Saturday's exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants.

The top four batters in the line-up could be: Sho Aranami, Naoto Watanabe, Takehiro Ishikawa, and Alex Ramirez.

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The Bay Stars announced today that Shintaro Ejiri will begin working out at Ni-gun on Saturday because of pain in his right shoulder.

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Alex Ramirez has been feeling some tightness in his back.  He played through Thursday's game against KIA with the help from the trainer.

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In an effort to strengthen their farm system, the Bay Stars plan to add about fifty games to their Ni-gun schedule this year.  The games will be in addition to the Ni-gun regular season schedule and will be against University, Industrial, and Independent League teams (two games have already been decided: JX-ENEOS and Tokyo University).  In cases where two Ni-gun games are scheduled, the Bay Stars will split their Ni-gun roster into two groups.

Said GM Shigeru Takada, "We have a lot of players and not enough regular season games.  And there are things you can only learn by playing in games.  There are a lot of things players can take away from games and we also want to give the younger players more experience."