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Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin: June 17, 2012

by on Jun.17, 2012 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows announced today that Yuhei Takai's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a girl weighing 2,852 grams, on June 7. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2012

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants are not yet sure what they will do with the 50M yen award they received for finishing in first during Inter-league play.  Source: Sanspo 6/17/2012


Toshiya Sugiuchi has a good chance of becoming the first player to win an Inter-league MVP in both leagues.  Source: Sanspo 6/17/2012


The Giants announced today that they will display the Inter-league trophy at their official team store at Tokyo Soramachi (from today until June 21).  The trophy will also be displayed at Nagano Olympic Stadium on June 22.  It will be moved to Tokyo Dome on June 23.  Source: Daily Sports 6/17/2012


Shinnosuke Abe has gotten into the habit of taking a deep bow in front of strategy coach Hideki Hashigami before the start of each game.  Source: Sanspo 6/17/2012

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers decided not to use Kyuji Fujikawa on Saturday because of the condition of the field.  It reportedly had nothing to do with his right knee.  Source: Sanspo 6/17/2012


Akihito Fujii took live indoor batting practice on Saturday.  Kenji Jojima is expected to ramp up his rehab beginning on June 19.  Source: Sanspo 6/17/2012

Hiroshima Carp

The Hiroshima Carp announced today that Dennis Sarfate will be returning to Japan on Monday.  Said Kenjiro Nomura, "It has been a little since [Sarfate] last pitched, so he will not be added to the active roster right away.  We will check him out at Ni-gun first."  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2012