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[6/12/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Jun.12, 2013 @ 6:03 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Daisuke Nakai was fined 100,000 yen and demoted to Ni-gun after he overslept and arrived about an hour late to practices on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 6/12/2013, Daily Sports 6/12/2013, Sponichi 6/12/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi rounded up the batting coaches and advance scouts before workouts on Tuesday to discuss what can be done to improve the team's hitting.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Yasutomo Kubo has not been pitched particularly well at Ni-gun, but could still make the active roster in time for the Yokohama series that begins on the 21st.

Source: Sanspo 6/12/2013, Daily Sports 6/12/2013

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If Sunday's game gets rained out, 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami's start will most likely be pushed back to whenever it is re-scheduled (between the 17th and 20th).

Source: Sanspo 6/12/2013, Daily Sports 6/12/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/12/2013

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Blaine Boyer did not pitch in Tuesday's Ni-gun game against Hiroshima because he still had some problems with a stiff neck (slept on it weird).

Source: Sanspo 6/12/2013, Daily Sports 6/12/2013

Boyer did pitch in today's Ni-gun game against Hiroshima: entered the game in the 8th and retired the side in order.  He recorded two strikeouts and topped out at 152km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2013

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The media learned that the three-year deal Yutaka Wada signed before the 2012 season was actually a two-year deal with a team option for 2014.  As of now, the organization is reportedly leaning toward exercising the option.

Wada is scheduled to meet with team owner Shinya Sakai and GM Katsuhiro Nakamura after Inter-league play ends.  Discussions will likely focus on the future of the team.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2013

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According to Sanspo, the Tigers have an interest in Samsung Lions' reliever Seung-Hwan Oh (30).  He is set to earn his domestic FA option this year and would not be able to leave the KBO without going through the necessary channels.  However, if he is allowed to, the Tigers could get involved.

Source: Sanspo 6/12/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Alex Ramirez on his diminished role this year:

I was an everyday player for thirteen years.  To suddenly become a pinch-hitter is a very difficult adjustment.  Personally, I would like to play for a team that can give me more opportunities to play. ... I still do not want to retire and I feel confident that I can hit twenty home runs in the second half.  But in order to do that, I need to play. ... Trade?  Why not.  It is a good thing to be wanted by other teams.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/12/2013

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