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Central & Pacific League News from May 2, 2012

by on May.05, 2012 @ 12:08 pm, under NPB

Found this in the backlog, a news update I was planning to post on Wednesday but for some reason, forgot about.


Chunichi Dragons

Hitoki Iwase collected his fourth save in as many days (and games) on Tuesday.


Takeshi Yamasaki and Kei Nomoto worked out with the Ni-gun team at Nagoya Stadium on Tuesday after missing some time because of the flu.

Yomiuri Giants

Ryosuke Miyaguni became the fourth Yomiuri pitcher out of high school to toss a shutout within the first two years of turning pro.  The other three: Tsuneo Horiuchi, Hiromi Makihara, and Masumi Kuwata.

Miyaguni is also the first Japanese pitcher to record a shutout in their first game at Tokyo Dome.


John Bowker recorded his first career NPB RBI in his seventy-first trip to the plate.

Hanshin Tigers

Ryota Imanari joined the Tigers for workouts at Koshien today.

Hiroshima Carp

Jumpei Shinoda was demoted to Ni-gun today after giving up four runs on seven hits, three walks, and one HBP over three innings of work on Tuesday.

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars' tickets with price satisfaction protection went on sale on Tuesday and will be available for games through to May 6.  Fifty tickets will be available for each game at 4,000 yen a ticket.

Sponichi mentions a fify-one-year fan that that took a 3,000 yen refund.  Daily Sports makes note of how a a number of fans took full refunds.  And Nikkan Sports adds that twenty or more fans got in line for some sort of a refund.


Seibu Lions

The Lions announced today that Satoshi Yamazaki (31) joined their staff as a batting practice pitcher.


The Lions will invite children from twenty-four various childcare facilities in Saitama Prefecture to their game on May 6 against the Chiba Lotte Marines.

Orix Buffaloes

Kei Igawa joined the Ichi-gun team for pre-game practices at Kyocera Dome today.  Igawa will not travel with the team on their next road trip (to Sapporo) but will likely workout with the team again when they play games close to the Kansai region.


Chihiro Kaneko could make his next Ichi-gun start sometime during the Buffaloes' three-game series against the Softbank Hawks (May 8-10).

Kaneko started working out with the Ichi-gun team on Tuesday.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Shoitsu Omatsu took a batted ball of his right knee while working the field during batting practice today. Omatsu received treatment on the knee and was able to take batting practice.  He also made the starting line-up: first base, batting eighth.