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Yomiuri Giants: April 3, 2012

by on Apr.03, 2012 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB

Ikusei player Takao Zaizen was hit by a pitch near the base of his neck during a game against Kansai Medical Sports Gakuin today and was diagnosed with a spinous process fracture in his sixth cervical vertebrae.  Zaizen will remain in the hospital for additional testing.

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Dicky Gonzalez is slated to start Wednesday's game.  After that, it will go back to the top of the rotation with Tetsuya UtsumiHirokazu Sawamura, and Toshiya Sugiuchi starting on five days of rest.

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If Ryosuke Miyaguni can win his first Ichi-gun start on April 8, he will become the first pitcher under twenty in franchise history to do so since Hiromi Makihara on April 16, 1983.