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[3/20/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hiroshima, Yokohama

by on Mar.21, 2013 @ 12:19 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants do not plan to push Tetsuya Utsumi, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and Hirokazu Sawamura to start any games until they are ready.

Source: Daily Sports 3/20/2013

Utsumi and Sugiuchi worked out for about two hours at Giant Stadium on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/2013

Chunichi Dragons

The first four pitchers in the starting rotation could be Kazuki Yoshimi, Yudai Ono, Soma Yamauchi, and Kenichi Nakata.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/20/2013

Nikkan Sports notes that while the first three spots in the rotation will likely go to Yoshimi, Ono, and Yamauchi, the remaining three spots are still open.  Candidates include Nakata, Daniel CabreraBrad Bergesen, Kenta Asakura, Yudai Kawai, Shinji Iwata, Kentaro Nishikawa, and Junki Ito.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/2013

Yakult Swallows

Ryoji Aikawa worked out at the indoor training facilities at Jingu on Wednesday.  He is scheduled to play in an exhibition game against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome on the 23rd.

Source: Sponichi 3/20/2013

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Kyohei Muranaka could make his first regular season start on April 2 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium.

Source: Sponichi 3/20/2013

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Shingo Kawabata hurt his left ankle last fall and recently missed a Ni-gun game on the 16th because of discomfort.  He had the ankle examined on Tuesday and was told there was still some lingering inflammation.  There is a chance he will not be ready for opening day.

Source: Sanspo 3/20/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Shota Nakazaki could make the starting rotation as the sixth starter.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/20/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kai-Wen Cheng is scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game on the 23rd against Seibu at Seibu Dome.  There is a chance he might get a start during the opening series against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome (March 29-31).  However, he probably will not remain on the active roster for very long since the team has to consider other foreign players.

Source: Daily Sports 3/20/2013

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Alex Ramirez managed to drop his weight down to 101 kilograms by cutting back on the carbonated drinks and eating less.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/20/2013