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[6/15/2013] Chunichi, Yakult, Hanshin

by on Jun.15, 2013 @ 3:53 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons see Warner Madrigal as a late-inning reliever.  Hector Luna also gave the team a positive recommendation of Madrigal -- the two played in the Dominican Winter League last year (different teams).

Madrigal is scheduled to arrive in Japan on the 18th.  Depending on his condition, he could join the Ichi-gun team when regular season play resumes on the 21st.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/15/2013

Yakult Swallows

Kyohei Muranaka was reassigned to the bullpen after suffering his fifth loss of the season on Friday.  He went 0-4 in five starts during Inter-league play.

Source: Sponichi 6/15/2013

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Shingo Kawabata (coming back from left ankle surgery) is expected to play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on the 19th against the Futures.  Depending on how things go, he could rejoin the Ichi-gun team some time later this month.

Source: Sanspo 6/15/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Blaine Boyer pitched in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi today.  He entered the game in the 9th and toss a shutout inning in relief: single to right, fly out to center, ground out to third, ground out to second.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/15/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami threw about forty pitches in the Kleenex Stadium bullpen today in preparation for his start on Sunday.

Source: Daily Sports 6/15/2013

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There was a fifty-minute delay on the team flight from Sapporo to Sendai on Friday -- the plane was supposed to depart at 12:55pm, but ended up leaving at 1:45pm.  The team arrived in Sendai at around 3:00pm and had to push their practices at Kleenex Stadium back about an hour from 4:00pm to around around 5:00pm.

Source: Sanspo 6/15/2013

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Of the forty-one issues that were brought up during Friday's Hankyu Hanshin Holdings stockholder's meeting, only three were connected to the Tigers.  None of them had anything to do with the team itself and were instead about problems at the stadium, like the smoking area being too smoky, jet balloons being a hazard because they obstruct the view, and wanting to give fans more opportunities to meet players.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/15/2013, Sanspo 6/15/2013