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Chunichi, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yokohama: August 8, 2012

by on Aug.08, 2012 @ 5:25 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Hitoki Iwase started playing catch at Nagoya Stadium on Tuesday and told reporters he felt no discomfort in his left shoulder or elbow.  When asked if he would be able to return to the active roster on August 12, he said he did not want to make any decisions now and that he wanted to wait to see how things went.  Source: Sports Hochi 8/8/2012


There was a minor mix-up with the relievers during the game on Tuesday night: Morimichi Takagi made the call for Shinji Tajima before the start of the 6th, but Yuta Muto was on the mound tossing warm-ups because pitching coach Hiroshi Gondo had him warming up.

Said Takagi, "I looked at the bullpen monitor and Muto looked like Tajima.  They look the same, no?  I even confirmed it was Tajima with [pitching coach] Gondo.  It looked like he said yes."

"I thought it was Muto, but I answered yes when the manager asked if it was Tajima.  It was my fault," explained pitching coach Gondo.

To fix the mix-up, Muto was ultimately replaced by Tajima.  Fortunately for the Dragons, he was somewhat ready because he had thrown some warm-ups in the bullpen earlier during the game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2012, Sports Hochi 8/8/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Shinjiro Hiyama picked up his ninety-fifth pinch-hit RBI on Tuesday night.  That is good for third in franchise history, behind Goro Toi's ninety-six and Hiroshi Yagi's ninety-eight.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2012


Team president Nobuo Minami met Yutaka Wada over lunch on Tuesday.  Source: Sanspo 8/8/2012

Hiroshima Carp

Chief pitching coach Yutaka Ono returned to the dugout and pitching coach Yasuyuki Yamauchi returned to the bullpen on Tuesday.  The two swapped places before a Yomiuri Giants' game on July 29.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 8/8/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

Alex Ramirez would like to try and reach the 2,000-hit milestone before his birthday on October 3.  Coming into today, Ramirez had 1,943 hits.  Source: Sponichi 8/7/2012