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[4/3/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hanshin

by on Apr.03, 2013 @ 9:06 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Coming into today, Toshiya Sugiuchi is 8-0 in eleven first games of the year.

Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2013

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Hirokazu Sawamura's start was pushed back from Tuesday to Thursday because of the rain.  Thursday's previously scheduled starter, Dennis Houlton, will likely pitch on Friday with Ryosuke Miyaguni moving to 9th.

Source: Sponichi 4/3/2013

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Isao Hirooka was hired as an adviser to the team rep, effective April 1.

Source: Sanspo 4/3/2013

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Sugiuchi will continue to put 1,000 yen for every inning he pitches toward his fund for northern japan earthquake relief, bone marrow promotion, and baseball promotion.  Shuichi Murata will continue to donate 10,000 yen for each run he drives in towards a fund that supports families with newborn babies that require medical attention.

Source: Sanspo 4/3/2013

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Hideki Matsui retirement game tickets are already being auctioned off at higher prices: 6,500 yen excite seats are going for over 160,000 yen (for a pair of tickets).

Source: Sponichi 4/3/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Akifumi Takahashi was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left shoulder.  He first started feeling the pain during pre-game workouts on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/3/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows will celebrate Tsubakuro's twentieth season with Tsubakuro Day on the 7th (vs Yokohama at Jingu) -- he made his debut on April 9, 1994.

Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

Tsuyoshi Nishioka was not in the starting line-up tonight.  It may have had something to do with him fouling a ball off his left leg during Tuesday's game against Chunichi.  He did take some light fielding practice, but did not do any hitting and did not take part in base-running exercises during pre-game workouts.

Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2013

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Hayata Ito was taken off the active roster today to make room for Jason Standridge.

Source: Sanspo 4/3/2013