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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima: May 9, 2012

by on May.09, 2012 @ 6:07 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuhiro Wada went to the hospital today to get treatment for blisters/herpes.  He arrived at pre-game practices late, but had no problems during fielding and hitting practice.  Wada did make the starting line-up.

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Morimichi Takagi turned to Takuya Asao in a save situation on Tuesday night because he wanted to give Hitoki Iwase the night off.

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Takeshi Yamasaki told reporters on Tuesday that he was at about eighty percent.  Yamasaki missed time with the flu and is currently scheduled to return to the Ichi-gun roster on May 10 (vs Yakult).

Yakult Swallows

The Commissioner's Office issued Lastings Milledge a stern warning and a 100,000 yen fine for using harsh language against an umpire during Tuesday's game against the Chunichi Dragons.

Yomiuri Giants

Ryosuke Miyaguni threw first pitch strikes to twenty-four of the twenty-seven batters he faced on Tuesday.

Hanshin Tigers

Tomoaki Kanemoto contacted Hiromitsu Ochiai for hitting advice back in April and was told that because his neck was leaning a little toward the left, his right shoulder was starting at a position that was too high.  Ochiai also suggested that he practice his swing a lot in front of mirrors.

Hiroshima Carp

Nick Stavinoha hit homers in three consecutive at bats on Tuesday.  According to Sponichi and Nikkan Sports: Stavinoha is the fourth player in franchise history to hit homers in consecutive at bats and the eleventh player in franchise history to hit three homers in one game.  The last Carp to hit three homers in one game: Takahiro Arai in 2003.  The last Carp to hit three homers in consecutive at bats: Akira Eto on June 30, 1998.

Across the NPB, Stavinoha is the first to hit homers in consecutive at bats since Alex Ramirez  (YOM) and Craig Brazell (HAN) on June 29, 2010.  He is the first player to accomplish the feat since the league moved over to the new standard baseball.

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The Carp hit a total four homers on Tuesday night, a first since they hit five on July 15, 2010 (vs Yokohama).

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