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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima: July 25, 2012

by on Jul.25, 2012 @ 5:48 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi met with team owner Bungo Shirai today to talk about what happened during the first-half and what to look forward to in the second-half.  Source: Sponichi 7/25/2012

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The Dragons will wait to add Masahiro Araki (left hamstring strain) to the active roster until July 31.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/25/2012

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Hitoki Iwase will not be taken off the active roster and should be available to pitch.  Iwase will likely share closing duties with Jorge Sosa.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/25/2012

Yakult Swallows

Orlando Roman might be dropped from the starting rotation if he does not pitch well during his next outing.  Source: Sponichi 7/25/2012

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Ryosuke Yagi will likely get an Ichi-gun start sometime during an upcoming Hanshin series (at Koshien, July 31-August 2).  Source: Sponichi 7/25/2012

Ni-gun stats: 16 G, 7-4, 1 CG, 96.2 IP, 84 H, 8 HR, 35 BB, 83 SO, 40 R, 30 ER, 2.79.

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The Swallows announced today that Chang-Yong Lim returned to Korea today for postoperative medical treatment on his right elbow.  He is scheduled to return to Japan in about a week.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Likely starters for the first five games of the second-half: Hirokazu Sawamura, Dennis Houlton, Toshiya SugiuchiTetsuya Utsumi, and Ryosuke Miyaguni.  Dicky Gonzalez could also end up being the sixth starter.  Source: Sponichi 7/25/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Akihito Fujii went 0-for-2 during an Ikusei game against the Kochi Fighting Dogs (Shikoku Island League) today (he started at catcher and batted fifth).  Fujii could return to the active roster as early as Friday.  Source: Daily Sports 7/25/2012

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Takahiro Arai had no problem taking batting practice on Tuesday -- he should be in the starting line-up tonight (first base, batting fourth).  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/25/2012

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Matt Murton started talking to the media on Tuesday.  Source: Sanspo 7/25/2012

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Team owner Shinya Sakai met with Yutaka Wada at a hotel in Osaka on Tuesday to discuss the second-half of the season.  Bottom line: the front office is behind Wada; do whatever is necessary; and there is no need to use young players just for the sake of using young players.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/25/2012, Sanspo 7/25/2012

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Wada and batting coach Atsushi Kataoka spent some time working directly with Hayato Ito on Tuesday.  Ito's time at Ichi-gun may be limited: if he does not start producing, he could be demoted.  Source: Sanspo 7/25/2012, Nikkan Sports 7/25/212

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The Tigers have no interest in, or have roster space for, Alex Cabrera.  Source: Sanspo 7/25/2012

Hiroshima Carp

Yusuke Nomura and Kan Otaka will likely get starts during the Yomiuri series (Mazda Stadium, July 27-29) -- Nomura on July 27 on five days of rest; Otake on July 28 on four days of rest.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/25/2012, Nikkan Sports 7/25/2012

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Brad Eldred should be returning to the starting line-up tonight against the Yakult Swallows.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/25/2012

General

The six CL teams unveiled their uniforms for the Great Central Legend Uniform Series 2012 at Botchan Stadium on Tuesday.  The Great Central Series will take place between August 24-26 and August 31-September 2.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/25/2012