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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima: July 10, 2012

by on Jul.10, 2012 @ 4:03 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Shuhei Takahashi could be in the starting line-up against the Hanshin Tigers (at Koshien) tonight -- at third batting eighth.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/10/2012

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With Tony Blanco out, Masahiko Morino will likely get the start at first with Takahashi and Naomichi Donoue taking out over at third.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/10/2012

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The Dragons are modifying their starting rotation so that Kazuki Yoshimi gets a start during the Yomiuri series (July 13-15).

The rotation over the next six days (including today) could go: Yoshimi, Yudai Ono, Masahiro Yamamoto, Kenshin KawakamiEnyelbert Soto, and then back to Yoshimi.

Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/10/2012

Yakult Swallows

Shingo Kawabata fouled a ball off his right calf on Sunday.  He got treatment from trainers on Monday and should be ok to play today.  Source: Sanspo 7/10/2012

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The Swallows' rotation over the next six days (including today) could go Orlando Roman, Katsuki Akagawa, Masanori Ishikawa, Shohei Tateyama, Masato Nakazawa, and Kyohei Nakamura.  Source: Sanspo 7/10/2012

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Orquesta de La Luz, a Japanese salsa band, wrote an intro song for Roman.  Source: Sponichi 7/10/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Ryosuke Miyaguni will likely get Sunday's start against the Chunichi Dragons (at Nagoya Dome).  Source: Daily Sports 7/10/2012, Sponichi 7/10/2012

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers appear ready to use Kyuji Fujikawa on consecutive days, if necessary.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/10/2012, Daily Sports 7/10/2012

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Yasutomo Kubo could return to the starting rotation during the Yakult series (July 13-15).  Source: Daily Sports 7/10/2012

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Jason Standridge, Minoru Iwata, and Randy Messenger will likely get starts during the Yomiuri series (July 16-18).  Source: Sanspo 7/10/2012

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The Tigers may begin to increase playing time for younger players (like Ryota Arai, Yamato, and Ryota Imanari) while decreasing playing time for players like Matt Murton and Craig Brazell.  The bottom line: give the younger players a shot then go with the hot hand.  Source: Daily Sports 7/10/2012

The team will likely go with Imanari as his main catcher.  Source: Daily Sports 7/10/2012, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2012

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Hayata Ito could get called up before the All-Star break (he has been hitting better at Ni-gun as of late).  A lot will depend on how well the current outfielders on the active roster perform.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2012

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Team director Eiichi Takano told reporters on Monday that he spoke to Yutaka Wada and head coach Shuzo Arita after Sunday's game.  He also told reporters that he would like to see the Tigers make it through with the current crop of players.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/10/2012

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The Tigers currently have no plans to fire Wada any time soon -- he signed a three-year deal before the start of the season.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/10/2012, Sports Hochi 7/10/2012

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Daily Sports conducted a survey of close to 2,400 fans:

Why are the Tigers struggling: 71.3% felt player use was a reason.  50.7% also felt there was a problem with leadership.

What do the Tigers need to do in order to improve: top answer was to use young players.  Second was acquire new players.  And third was change the starting line-up.

Which player are you looking forward to seeing: Ryota Arai, followed by Yamato.  Other players like Hayato Ito and Hiroaki Saiuchi also made the list.

Hiroshima Carp

Kenjiro Nomura on Brad Eldred, via Sponichi, "The team came through with an important addition.  I would like to see what he can give us by watching him play.  We will start him off in the six or seven hole and let him ease his way in."