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Chunichi, Hanshin: April 14, 2012

by on Apr.14, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Tony Blanco and Victor Diaz were both taken off the active roster today in order to get some work in at Ni-gun.  With regards to Blanco specifically, according to Nikkan Sports, the coaches felt he may be lacking some motivation after he struck out two at bats in a row, said he could not see the ball, and asked to be taken out of the line-up.  Daily Sports adds that there is nothing wrong with Blanco's eyesight.

Takagi Morimoto on taking Blanco off the active roster: "We are having a hard time scoring runs by stringing together hits. That means Blanco's ability to hit a homer is important.  He looks nervous out there right now.  The question will be how he deals with it at Ni-gun."

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers reportedly left Craig Brazell out of the starting line-up because of his legs.