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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin: September 11, 2012

by on Sep.11, 2012 @ 6:11 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuki Yoshimi could end up starting games of five days of rest for the remainder of the season (partly as a way to give him a better shot at leading the league in wins).  With twenty games left on the schedule, that could give him five more starts.  Source: Sanspo 9/11/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 9/11/2012

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Daiki Yoshikawa and Masato Matsui were added to the active roster today.  Source: Sponichi 9/11/2012, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2012

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The post-season rotation will consist of four to five starters and will include Yoshimi.  Enyelbert Soto will also probably make it.  Based on this year's stats, Soma Yamauchi and Kenichi Nakata might also make the cut.  Shinji Iwata, Yudai Ono, Masahiro Yamamoto, and Kenshin Kawakami could end up competing for the remaining spots.  Source: Sponichi 9/11/2012

Yakult Swallows

Shohei Tateyama is apparently ok to start Wednesday's game against Hanshin.  Tateyama was taken off the active roster after he suffered a contusion on his right ankle during his last start on September 1 (vs Chunichi at Jingu).  Source: Sanspo 9/11/2012

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A number off issues were confirmed/discussed when acting team owner/president Tsuyoshi Kinugasa sat down to talk contract extension with Junji Ogawa.  Among the topics covered: 1) retaining Wladimir Balentien, Lastings Milledge, Tony Barnette, and Orlando Roman; 2) selecting players that are ready to contribute right away during the upcoming draft; 3) strengthening the training staff.  Source: Sponichi 9/11/2012

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Ogawa does not want Shinya Miyamoto to retire after the season and is thinking about asking the forty-one-year-old to return next year as an active player.  Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Michihiro Ogasawara returned to the active roster today.  When he does, he will most likely get the start at first and ease his way back into the line-up by batting low in the order.  Source: Daily Sports 9/11/2012

Ogasawara is in the final year of a two-year deal so his performance over the remainder of the season could factor into his chances (or terms) for returning next season.  Source: Sponichi 9/11/2012

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Yuki Koyama will be taking Hirokazu Sawamura's spot in the starting rotation today and Shoki Kasahara will temporarily move into Koyama's spot.  Source: Sanspo 9/11/2012

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Hirokazu Sawamura and Dicky Gonzalez will likely return to the active roster in time for the Chunichi series that begins on September 17.  Source: Sponichi 9/11/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Yasutomo Kubo is slated to start Wednesday's game against Yakult (Koshien).  Source: Sanspo 9/11/2012

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Rotation notes... Randy Messenger will likely pitch on four-days of rest: today vs Yakult at Koshien then on September 16 vs Yomiuri at Koshien.  Hiroaki Saiuchi could get Monday's start against Yokohama at Koshien.  Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2012

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The Tigers will go with either a five or six man rotation during its nine-game stretch (September 11-19).  Atsushi Nomi, Minoru Iwata, Kubo, Messenger, and Jason Standridge will likely be the main five.  Source: Daily Sports 9/11/2012

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The Tigers will go with two main catchers: Akihito Fujii and Shinji Komiyama.  If one of them gets hurt, worst case scenario, they turn to Keisuke Kano.  Source: Sanspo 9/11/2012, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2012

Unfortunately, that emergency plan is no longer an option since Kano was taken off the active roster today with lower back pains.  Source: Daily Sports 9/11/2012

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While the Tigers will most likely end up holding onto Matt Murton, things are still not quite as clear with Craig Brazell.  Foreign talent the team is currently looking into could end up replacing Brazell.

The Tigers hold an option on Messenger for the 2013 season and will probably exercise it.  They will most likely offer Standridge an extension (he signed a one-year deal before the start of the year).

Source: Sanspo 9/11/2012

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The Tigers will likely continue to give Akira Iwamoto and Saiuchi opportunities to start over the remainder of the season.  Iwamoto could get another start during the Chunichi series that starts on September 21 while Saiuchi will either get a start on Sunday (Yokohama) or Monday (Yomiuri).  Source: Sanspo 9/11/2012, Sponichi 9/11/2012

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Masahiro Nakatani could be converted back to a catcher next season because of the team's lack in catchers and Messenger could be an option to close out games.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 9/11/2012

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The team will be running on a four-year rebuilding plan.  And while next season will only be year one of that four-year plan, they still plan on shooting for a championship (the goal will be win while developing talent and rebuilding the team).  Source: Daily Sports 9/11/2012