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Matt Murton (HAN), Alex Ramirez (YOK) could be returning to their respective starting line-ups today

by on Apr.03, 2012 @ 12:14 pm, under NPB

Matt Murton (HAN) participated in evening workouts at Jingu Stadium on Monday and will likely be back in the starting line-up tonight against the Yakult Swallows in right batting sixth.

Said Murton, "I was able to return today because all the trainers worked hard in taking care of me each day.  I am really grateful to them.  As a baseball player, it is difficult to be at 100% for every game, but I think I am good enough to play."

Incidentally, Murton has done extremely well against the Yakult Swallows:

2011: 34-for-85, 16 R, 3 HR, 11 RBI, .400/.433/.541

2010: 49-for-106, 26 R, 4 HR, 25 RBI, .462/.491/.651

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Alex Ramirez (YOK) is apparently good enough to return to the starting line-up tonight.  Daily Sports and Nikkan Sports mention he could start in left and bat clean-up.  Kiyoshi Nakahata also said to reporters yesterday that he still was not sure which players, other than Ramirez, to start in the outfield.

"This is a tough choice," said Nakahata.  "The three outfielders have all done a good job.  Rock, scissor, paper?  That would not be very nice for the players, but that is about how difficult this decision is."

Hichori Morimoto (LF): 7-for-11, 2 R, 3 RBI, .636/.667/1.000

Sho Aranami (CF): 5-for-19, 1 R, 0 RBI, .500/.500/.500

Tatsuhiko Kinjo (RF): 2-for-12, 2 R, 1 RBI, .167/.231/.417

Alex Ramirez (PH up to now): 2-for-3, 0 R, 2 RBI, .667/.667/.667

The Nikkan Sports report closes with the following (paraphrased): with a left-handed starter on the mound for Chunichi, do you start the right-handed hitting Morimoto and the switch-hitting Kinjo, or do you go with speed and use Aranami and Morimoto?