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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin: April 24, 2012

by on Apr.25, 2012 @ 1:00 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Masahiko Morino tweaked his back (right side) during his at bat in the 3rd inning on Tuesday night and was pulled from the game on defense in the 5th inning.  Morino did not go to the hospital, but was allowed to return to team hotel during the game.  The team will decide on what steps to take after they see how he is feeling tomorrow.

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According to Nikkan Sports, Takeshi Yamasaki is trying to generate more power by using a higher leg kick.

"I think I can get something going if I can build enough momentum.  The quickest way is to use a higher leg kick.  I need to change something," said Yamasaki.

Yakult Swallows

Shingo Kawabata did not take pre-game batting practice and did not play on Tuesday because of pain in his lower back.  Kawabata tweaked his back while playing defense on Sunday.  He is considered day-to-day.

Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara has spent the last two days working with John Bowker.

"From yesterday.  [Michihiro Ogasawara] and [John] Bowker just need something to get things going.  [Bowker] came to Japan and is struggling.  He is doing his best.  It would be different if he was down on things, but he has maintained a positive outlook.  I want to help him, I want to see him return to his usual self," said Hara to reporters on Tuesday.

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Shoki Kasahara threw fifty pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  There is a chance he could make his Ichi-gun debut against the Hiroshima Carp on May 3 (at Tokyo Dome).

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Shun Tono threw fifty-one pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.

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Kyosuke Takagi (discomfort in left shoulder) threw forty pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday -- twenty to a standing catcher, twenty to a half bent catcher.

"I was able to throw off-speed pitches.  I felt no pain, I am ok.  I think I am making good progress," said Takagi.

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Tomoya Inzen's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,648 grams, on Monday at 5:46pm.

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers are ready to cut back on electricity use at Koshien Stadium again during the summer months.

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Hayata Ito collected four hits against the Ni-gun Chunichi Dragons on Tuesday.

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Sanspo Tigers' Promise: Yuya Ando will attempt to record more hits this season than Atsushi Nomi.

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The Ni-gun Tigers played a practice game against a Shikoku Island League plus mixed team (consisting of players from the Kagawa Olive Guyners and the Tokushima Indigo Socks) on Tuesday and faced a former teammate, Kodai Sakurai (KAG), who went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, and three RBI.