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[5/30/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hiroshima, Yokohama

by on May.30, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Ryosuke Miyaguni started a Ni-gun game against Seibu today and gave up two runs on four hits and one walk over six innings of work.  He also struck out six and surrendered a two-run homer in the 2nd inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2013

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Hirokazu Sawamura may once again be on the verge of losing his spot in the starting rotation -- if he has another bad outing, he may end up the odd man out when they move to a four-man rotation for the second half of June (between June 21 and 30, they play just eight games and no more than three games in a row).

Shoki Kasahara could also be given a shot as a starter.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2013, Sanspo 5/30/2013

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Daisuke Fujimura and Takayuki Takaguchi were taken off the active roster today to get more work at Ni-gun.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi told reporters today that he cannot afford to bench Hirokazu Ibata and Masahiro Araki at the same time.  He is currently thinking about using Naomichi Donoue over Araki on at second on Friday and will most likely leave Ibata at short.

"It depends on what I want to do.  If I were to remove [Ibata and Araki], I think Naomichi would start at short and [Kyohei] Iwasaki at second.  But [Ibata and Araki] are not the Dragons Ara-Iba, but rather the CL's Ara-Iba.  It is not possible to remove both at the same time. Plus, Ibata is starting to come around," said Takagi.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2013

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Takagi could end up using Takeshi Yamasaki in the starting line-up for their two games against Rakuten at Kleenex Stadium (June 2-3).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2013

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The Dragons became the first team in the NPB to lose thirty games this season on Wednesday.  The last time they were the first to thirty losses in the CL was 1995 (fifth place finish) and the first to thirty in the NPB was in 1980 (last place finish).

Takagi was the manager in 1995.  He stepped away from the team on June 2 because of a 13-26-0 start.

Source: Sponichi 5/30/2013

Yakult Swallows

Orlando Roman was taken off the active roster today to make room for Chris Leroux.  Leroux will most likely make his Ichi-gun debut on June 5 against Rakuten.

"[Roman] held the opposition to one run [on Wednesday] despite getting hit.  He did a good job there.  We just do not have the space on the roster.  A very unfortunate result," said Junji Ogawa.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2013Nikkan Sports 5/30/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Brad Eldred (right pinky fracture) started taking batting practice at Yu Stadium today.  He is scheduled to play in a rehab Ni-gun game against  Softbank on Friday and could return to the active roster as early as June 8 (vs Seibu).

Source: Daily Sports 5/30/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kazuhiro Sasaki and Tomoaki Kanemoto will be special guests on Stadium FM on June 22 (vs Hanshin).  Stadium FM is a special radio program that can only be accessed by fans inside Yokohama Stardium.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2013, official announcement