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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yokohama: September 30, 2012

by on Sep.30, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuhiro Wada entered today's game against Yokohama Bay Stars with 2,999 total bases.  In the 5th inning, he became the fifty-first player in NPB history to reach the 3,000 total base milestone with a three-run homer to left.  Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2012

Yakult Swallows

Hugo Kanabushi joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts today.  Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Ryosuke Miyaguni threw sixty-five pitches in the bullpen today.  It was his first session since he was taken off the active roster on Wednesday (9/26).  Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2012


Tetsuya Utsumi's next start will likely be against the Yokohama Bay Stars on October 5.  Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Yutaka Wada does not appear to be worried about Takashi Toritani exercising his international FA option. Source: Sanspo 9/30/2012

Toritani was presented with the MVP award for the Sankei Sports Hanshin Tigers Rally Series (August 31 - September 23) on Saturday.  Source: Sanspo 9/30/2012


The Tigers are planning to send some of their players to both the Australian Winter League (AWL) and the Taiwan Winter League (TWL).  It also appears as though the AWL is looking for more pitchers while the TWL is looking for more hitters.  To that end, the Tigers may send players like Akira Iwamoto and Ikusei Hiroya Shimamoto to the AWL and Hayata Ito, Masahiro Nakatani, and Yusuke Kuroda to the TWL.  Source: Daily Sports 9/30/2012

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp loss on Saturday means fifteen consecutive class B finishes for Hiroshima.


The Carp announced today that Dennis Sarfate will return to the US on October 2.  Whether or not he returns to Hiroshima next season has yet to be decided.  Source: Sponichi 9/30/2012


Team owner Hajime Matsuda told reporters that Kenjiro Nomura will return next season as manager.  Source: Sanspo 9/30/2012


Kenta Maeda apparently felt some tightness in the adductor muscle in his right leg during his outing on Saturday and switched over to pitching out of the set position.  Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars locked themselves into their fifth straight last place finish with their 13-2 loss against the Chunichi Dragons today.  Source: Sanspo 9/30/2012