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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima: May 4, 2012

by on May.04, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Sports Hochi Osaka mentions that Morimichi Takagi may have turned down Thursday night's post-game interview because the coaches (specifically third base coach Ken Hirano) messed up the signs in the bottom of the 5th inning.

Daily Sports goes into a little more detail: with Yohei Oshima on base and Masahiro Araki up to bat in the 5th inning, third base coach Hirano was supposed to give the sign for a slash bunt and run and instead gave the sign for a hit and run.  Hirano managed to relay the correct signal after a pick-off attempt, but Araki messed up and swung away and flied out to center.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows sold out of tickets to today's game at 12:40pm.


Tsuyoshi Ueda left the game in the bottom of the 4th inning after banging his right shoulder against a wall in the top of the 4th.  He is considered day-to-day.

Yomiuri Giants

Michihiro Ogaswara (left hamstring strain) started his workouts at Giants Stadium today.


Shoki Kasahara made his first career Ichi-gun start on Thursday.  He was not involved in the final decision.

Kasahara and his father, Eiichi (thirteen starts over his career), are the only father/son pair to ever start games at the Ichi-gun level.

Hanshin Tigers

Yuya Ando was taken off the active roster today because he is not scheduled to pitch next week.  He will remain with the Ichi-gun team.


Akihito Fujii was added to the active roster today and made it into the Yomiuri game as a defensive replacement in the 7th inning.  He had one at bat: a walk in the 9th inning.


Tomoaki Kanemoto was given the day off on Thursday.  He returned to the starting line-up today (left field and batting clean-up for the first time since June 13, 2010) and went 0-for-3.  Kanemoto also committed an error (dropped a ball) in the 2nd inning.


The Kenji Jojima Baseball Memorial Hall in Sasebo, Nagasaki will be shutting down on May 31.  The hall originally opened in December 2001.

Hiroshima Carp

Yuya Fukui gave up six runs (all earned) over three innings of work today and could be demoted.

"Inter-league play will start soon and will mark the end of one part of the season.  I need to sit down with the coaches and see whether or not he needs a breather," said Kenjiro Nomura.