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Yomiuri, Chunichi, Hiroshima, Yokohama: June 21, 2012

by on Jun.21, 2012 @ 6:07 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Yudai Kawai started Wednesday's Ni-gun game against Hiroshima and tossed two shutout innings.  Final line: 2 IP, 7 BF, 20 NP, 1 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

The Dragons will likely turn to Kazuki Yoshimi, Yudai, and Shinji Iwata during the three game series they play against Hanshin that begins on June 26.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012


Morimichi Takagi told reporters on Wednesday that he was thinking about giving Shuhei Takahashi a look in right.

Takahashi started Wednesday's Ni-gun game against Hiroshima in right and went 1-for-4 without any major problems in the field (four chances; two on the ground, two in the air).  He borrowed Daiki Yoshikawa's high school outfielder's glove.

Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/21/2012


The Dragons announced today that August 8 will be Morimichi Day at Nagoya Dome.  Jet balloons will also be handed out and launched after the top of the 7th inning.

Yomiuri Giants

Dennis Houlton and Hirokazu Sawamura tossed bullpen sessions at Giants Stadium today.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012


Dicky Gonazalez threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday.  He is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Friday and will likely get an Ichi-gun start against Hiroshima on June 27 (as the fifth pitcher in the starting rotation).

That means the starting five will likely be: Tetsuya Utsumi, Sawamura, Toshiya Sugiuchi, Houlton, and Gonzalez.

Source: Sanspo 6/21/2012, Sponichi 6/21/2012

Hiroshima Carp

Nick Stavinoha will be returning to the US for left knee surgery.  Source: Sports Hochi 6/21/2012

He would also like to continue playing for Hiroshima next season.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

Koji Onuma has been trying to work his way back from a right shoulder injury.  Sports Hochi reports that Onuma may end up leaving the team within the next few days because his rehab has not been going well.