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Climax Series News and Notes: October 17, 2012

by on Oct.17, 2012 @ 5:25 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

When Dai-Kang Yoh steps into the batter's box against his brother Yao-Hsun Yang, they will become the first set of brothers to face each other during a Climax Series.

FYI: The brothers have the same last name (Chinese character), but are using different readings.  Yang is the way it is read in Taiwan.  Yao-Hsun came over to Japan after college and was therefore accustomed to people reading his last name as Yang.  Dai-Kang entered the NPB after Fukuoka Daiichi High School in Japan where classmates used the Japanese reading of his last name -- Yoh -- and decided to stick with that after turning pro.

Source: Sponichi 10/17/2012


The Hawks will be prepared to go to the bullpen early, especially during the first two games of the Final Stage.  Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama will play games as if they are six-innings long.  That is, since both teams have good bullpens, the best scoring opportunities may take place within the first six innings when the starting pitchers are still in it.  Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2012


Yuki Saito will rejoin the Ichi-gun team on Thursday as part of a back-up group of pitchers.  Source: Sponichi 10/17/2012

Chunichi Dragons

Enyelbert Soto (left shoulder) did not participate in workouts at Tokyo Dome on Tuesday (he was still in Nagoya) and may not be able to pitch during the Final Stage.

Said Morimichi Takagi, "[Soto] is out of the picture.  He cannot pitch if he still feel discomfort.  I think he may be done for the season."

Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2012


Takagi on facing the Yomiuri Giants: "One win advantage to the Giants?  We need an advantage too.  They can hit, run, and field.  They are better than us in all areas.  It would be good if we can get even one blow in.  But that is something only a weak team can say.  We have no room for error with the starting rotation and I have no idea which pitcher to go with.  We also used up the bullpen.  We only lasted this long because the Yakult series maxed out at three games.  But I think this will be a three game series too."

This should not be taken at face value since Takagi may be trying to play mind games with the Giants (and media), i.e. pretending to play dead.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2012

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants worked out for about two hours at Tokyo Dome on Tuesday.  Source: Sanspo 10/17/2012