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[3/19/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Hiroshima, Yokohama

by on Mar.19, 2013 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants will not use the DH-rule in exhibition games against Rakuten on the 23rd and 24th.

Source: Daily Sports 3/19/2013

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Tetsuya Utsumi, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and Hirokazu Sawamura could pitch in one of the two games against Rakuten on the 23rd or 24th.

Source: Daily Sports 3/19/2013

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Tatsunori Hara returned from the WBC in San Francisco today.  He plans to rejoin the team at Tokyo Dome on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2013

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons lost their seventh straight exhibition game today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2013

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Masahiro Yamamoto threw fifty-three pitches in the bullpen at Nagoya Stadium today.  This was his first session since returning from the flu.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2013

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The Dragons are planning to give Hirokazu Ibata a hero's welcome: a team official will be dispatched to meet him at Narita Airport today; a room at an expensive hotel will be prepared; top team officials will greet him at Nagoya Station on Wednesday; he will be presented with flowers before an exhibition game against Lotte at Nagoya Dome on the 23rd.

Source: Sponichi 3/19/2013

Hiroshima Carp

With Kenta Kurihara hurt, Ryuhei Matsuyama may have a shot at making the opening day roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2013

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Masato Akamatsu is scheduled to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2013

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Kenta Maeda could pitch in an exhibition game against Softbank on the 22nd.  If he is ok to pitch, he should get the opening day start.  Bryan Bullington is the back-up option.

Source: Sponichi 3/19/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kai-Wen Cheng will join the Ichi-gun team on Wednesday.

Source: Daily Sports 3/19/2013

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Kentaro Takasaki will likely start the year at Ni-gun after he suffered a contusion on his left calf.

The first three pitchers in the starting rotation could be Daisuke Miura, Yota Kosugi, and Shigeru Kaga.

Source: Sponichi 3/19/2013

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3rd round draft pick Shoichi Ino could make his first regular season start against Yomiuri (April 2-4 at Yokohama).

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2013

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Yuji Arahari's mother died of cancer in a hospital in Sakai, Osaka today.  She was fifty-three.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2013