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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin: August 22, 2012

by on Aug.22, 2012 @ 6:09 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Tony Blanco (coming back from a fracture in his left hand) could return to the active roster in time for the Yomiuri series (August 28-30).

Blanco started taking outdoor batting practice on Tuesday and could begin playing in Ni-gun rehab games on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2012

Yakult Swallows

Shinya Miyamoto (coming back from a fracture in the right sixth costal cartilage) started taking outdoor batting practice on Tuesday.  Source: Sponichi 8/22/2012

Yomiuri Giants

On Tuesday, Kazunari Sanematsu, Hayato Sakamoto, and Shinnosuke Abe accounted for the Giants first three-homer inning since Sakamoto, Alex Ramirez, and Hisayoshi Chono homered in the same inning on August 26, 2010.  Source: Sanspo 8/22/2012

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The Giants are 5-0-1 in games where they use six pitchers.  They are also 31-0-3 when they score five or more runs.  Source: Sponichi 8/22/2012

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The team recorded its twelfth tie of the year on Tuesday.  That is the third highest in franchise history, behind the sixteen in 1978 and the fourteen in 1982.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Yutaka Wada once again called for Takahiro Arai to lay down a sac bunt during Tuesday's game against the Chunichi Dragons and Arai once again failed to deliver:  with runners on first and second and no out in the 9th inning, he attempted a bunt on the first pitch and missed and the runner on second was thrown out at third.

Wada, on the decision to have Arai bunt: "Well.  In watching Arai work on his bunts on a daily basis during practices, I thought he could do it and gave the sign. ... More than the Arai's bunt though, is the runner that got too far off [second base]."

Source: Sanspo 8/22/2012

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Daiki Enokida will be eased back into the bullpen, beginning with low-pressure situations.  Source: Sanspo 8/22/2012

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Sanspo notes that Kyuji Fujikawa may have went to his curve on Tuesday because he felt the Dragons were onto his fork.

Fujikawa also made his 539th relief appearance on Tuesday and tied Kazuyuki Yamamoto's franchise record.  Source: Sponichi 8/22/2012