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Chunichi, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima: April 9, 2012

by on Apr.09, 2012 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi decided to demote Atsushi Fujii after his base-running mistake in Sunday's game against the Yakult Swallows -- he was caught trying to steal second in the 6th inning after entering the game as a pinch-runner.

Shuhei Takahashi will also be sent down to Ni-gun -- not for doing anything wrong, but simply to get more playing time.

Yomiuri Giants

Yoshiyuki Kamei was re-examined at a hospital in Tokyo today and was re-diagnosed with a broken/fractured nose.  Kamei was not taken off the active roster today.  The team is still in the process of deciding whether or not he is fit to play (perhaps off the bench).


Ryosuke Miyaguni became the sixth pitcher under twenty in franchise history to record a victory in their first start/outing.  The other five: Tetsuharu Kawakami (May 9, 1938), Hiroshi Nakao (March 31, 1939), Shuichi Hirose (August 21, 1941), Tsuneo Horiuchi (April 14, 1966, and Hiromi Makihara (April 16, 1983).


The Giants will be hosting half-off beer nights (800 yen beer for 400 yen) on June 11 (vs Lotte) and July 25 (vs Yokohama).

Hanshin Tigers

Takahiro Arai recorded the franchise's 80,000th hit with his single to center in the 9th inning on Sunday.  The Tigers join the Yomiuri Giants, Orix Buffaloes, and Softbank Hawks as the only teams that have recorded 80,000 hits.


Tomoaki Kanemoto got the day off on Sunday (he did make it into the game as a pinch-hitter) and Craig Brazell got the start in left, before moving over to first in the 3rd inning after Kenji Jojima took a batted ball off his left shoulder area.

Yutaka Wada on starting Brazell in left for the first time this season, via Sanspo: "There will be exceptions.  Chances might be limited based on wind, whether or not we are playing a day game, or playing in a dome.  But this is more about getting as much as we can out of Jojima, than it is about Brazell.  It is a long season."


Sanspo mentions that the front office plans to talk to Kyuji Fujikawa throughout the course of the season to learn more about what he is currently thinking and to see if they can persuade him to stay (actual negotiations likely will not take place until after the season).  Sanspo also notes that the Tigers might be willing to give Fujikawa a three to four-year deal.


TV Ratings for the Yomiuri-Hanshin game on:

Friday (MBS/No Kanto Broadcast): 12.8% in Kansai.
Saturday (MBS/TBS): 17.4% in Kansai; 10.0% in Kanto.
Sunday (ABC/TV Asahi): 11.1% in Kansai; 6.4% in Kanto. 

Hiroshima Carp

A plaque commemorating Kenta Maeda's no-hitter will be put up on a wall beyond the seats in left field.  This is actually Maeda's second plaque: the first was for recording the first victory at Mazda Stadium.

The new plaque will be ready and installed in about two weeks.


The Carp announced that pro golfer Miki Saiki will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on April 10.

One comment on “Chunichi, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima: April 9, 2012

  1. Reece

    I think both moves by Takagi are sensible ones. I was at Sunday’s game and I have no idea what Fujii was thinking he would accomplish by trying to steal when the pitcher hadn’t even thrown the ball yet.

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