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[5/17/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Yokohama

by on May.17, 2013 @ 4:30 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

With Yoshinobu Takahashi and John Bowker hurt, Michihiro Ogasawara could return to the active roster as a DH or bat off the bench some time during Inter-league play.

Source: Sanspo 5/17/2013

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Tetsuya Utsumi, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and 1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano will be nominated for the All-Star ballot.

Sugano threw fifty-eight pitches in the bullpen on Thursday in preparation for his start against Seibu on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2013

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Pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi is planning to do what he can to keep Sugano pitching on a regular schedule of six days of rest in between each of his starts.

Source: Daily Sports 5/17/2013

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons will start Yudai Ono and Brad Bergesen against Rakuten (May 17-18).  For their two game series against Softbank, the first game could go to either Kenta Asakura or Shinji Iwata.  The second game will most likely go to Daniel Cabrera.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2013

Yakult Swallows

Shinya Miyamoto is two hits away from tying the team record for most hits by a right-handed hitter (2,097), currently held by Atsuya Furuta.  The team record for most hits by any hitter (2,173) is held by Tsutomu Wakamatsu.

Source: Sanspo 5/17/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Team president Jun Ikeda does not want Kiyoshi Nakahata ejected from another game this season and would like all coaches to be prepared to step in the moment he jumps onto the field to argue a play.

"[Nakahata] is an emotional manager.  The next time he jumps out [of the dugout], I want the coaches to get in between [him and the umpire].  Their job to stop him is also important," said Ikeda to reporters on Thursday.

Nakahata was ejected for the second time this season on Wednesday.  The commissioner's office doubled their fine and could come down harder on him if he gets ejected a third time so early in the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2013