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Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yokohama: July 28, 2012

by on Jul.28, 2012 @ 9:44 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Tony Barnette will likely be taken off the active roster today with tightness in his lower back.  Barnette first felt some discomfort in his lower back after he pitched in the first game of the All-Star Series.  Source: Sponichi 7/28/2012, Sanspo 7/28/2012

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Junji Ogawa and the Yakult All-Stars (in addition to some staff and family members of Wladimir Balentien and Tony Barnette; about twenty people in all) grabbed a meal at Seirokaku in Morioka after the third game of the All-Star Series.  Source: Sanspo 7/28/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Toshiya Sugiuchi beat the Hiroshima Carp on Friday and joined Kimiyasu Kudo as the only two pitchers in NPB history to record victories against thirteen different teams (specifically, the twelve current NPB teams + Kintetsu).  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2012, Sponichi 7/28/2012

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Scott Mathieson first started felling discomfort in his right elbow during the All-Star break.  Source: Sponichi 7/28/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Tomoaki Kanemoto was not in the starting line-up last night.  While the Tigers have given Kanemoto regular rest throughout the season, Sports Hochi notes that sitting him last night may have also been because of his struggles at the plate.  Sports Hochi also mentions Kanemoto might end up being left out of the starting line-up on a more regular basis moving forward.

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Akihito Fujii went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI in Friday's Ni-gun practice game against Hiroshima (starting catcher, batted sixth, played through the 5th inning).  Fujii will likely return to the active roster today.  Source: Sanspo 7/28/2012

Hiroshima Carp

Yusuke Nomura was pulled mid-inning on Friday night for the first time this season.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/28/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kiyoshi Nakahata's personal manager drove out to Iwate on Friday to hand out baseball souvenirs to youth baseball players.  Nakahata wanted to go as well, but could not because of the timing.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/28/2012