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[5/29/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Hiroshima, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on May.29, 2013 @ 6:31 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Between 2003 and 2012, Toshiya Sugiuchi went 28-8 in the month of May.  He is 0-3 this year.

Source: Sponichi 5/29/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi told reporters after Tuesday's 3-2 loss against Lotte that he made one mistake in the game and that was using Shinji Tajima to relieve Daniel Cabrera in the 6th inning.

Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2013

Moving forward, at least for the time being, Tajima will most likely be used earlier in games where the team is either losing or the score is tied.

Source: Sponichi 5/29/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/29/2013

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Cabrera was asked to remove a bracelet from his left wrist after the 1st inning of Tuesday's game because Lotte manager Tsutomu Ito claimed it was a distraction.

Cabrera may have been told to drop down a bunt in the bottom of the 5th with the bases empty and one out for practice purposes.  The team may be concerned about three things: his ability to bunt, his pick-off move, and his slide-step.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/29/2013

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Kenshin Kawakami threw about forty pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Pitching coach Yasuyuki Yamauchi warned Kenta Maeda not to swing too hard when he gets up to bat because it could mess with his back. Maeda does not think it is a problem and told reporters that he looks forward to swinging the bat and plans to swing the bat as hard as he always has.

Source: Sponichi 5/29/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Yasutomo Kubo blew his second straight save opportunity on Tuesday.  Kubo was taken off the active roster today.  He also reported to the Ni-gun facilities at Naruohama for morning workouts.

Source: Sponichi 5/29/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/29/2013

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka is still having problems with his left leg -- he tweaked it during a game against Seibu on the 20th.

Source: Sanspo 5/29/2013

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Blaine Boyer's workouts on Tuesday included running, playing catch, shadow pitching using a tennis ball connected to a long stick (reportedly nicknamed Penny), and about twenty light throws to a squatting catcher.

Source: Sanspo 5/29/2013Sankei 5/28/2013

Boyer had the chance to work out at Koshien Stadium today.  He played some catch and then tossed twenty-one pitches in the bullpen.

"My curve and fastball were good, I was throwing at about eighty to eighty-five percent.  The mound is softer than what I am used to in the US, but I think I will be able to adjust without much of a problem. ... [Koshien Stadium] is great.  I felt really good practicing there," said Boyer to reporters.

Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2013, Sports Hochi 5/29/2013

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Matt Murton met Jon Deeble (Asia Pacific Scout for the Red Sox scout) on Tuesday -- Deeble was a manager in the Red Sox organization when Murton was drafted by Boston in 2003.

Source: Sanspo 5/29/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Daisuke Miura is 15-20 during Inter-league play over his career.

Source: Sponichi 5/29/2013