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[7/9/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Jul.10, 2013 @ 1:44 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Ryosuke Miyaguni threw twenty-eight pitches in the bullpen on Monday in preparation for his next start on the 10th vs Yakult at Fukushima.

Source: Daily Sports 7/9/2013

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While the Giants did pretty much give up on opening the 2014 season in the US, they still have hopes of opening a season in the US at some point in the future.

Source: Sponichi 7/9/2013

Chunichi Dragons

On Tuesday: the Dragons fell twelve games under .500 for the first time since 2001 and became the fifth team in NPB history to lose their 4,500th games.

Morimichi Takagi told reporters he thought Shinji Tajima was ineffective because of fatigue from all the games he pitched in last season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/9/2013, Sponichi 7/9/2013

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Takagi blames Hiromitsu Ochiai for a team that has too many obedient players.

Source: Sanspo 7/9/2013

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Warner Madrigal told reporters his nickname in the States was Mad Dog.  Takagi has a hard time with names and likes Shisa, as in the lion-dog from Okinawan mythology, for Madrigal.

Takagi plans to use Madrigal as a setup man in the 8th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/9/2013, Sports Hochi 7/9/2013

Yakult Swallows

Shingo Kawabata (left ankle surgery) returned to the active roster on Tuesday.  He went 8-for-40 in nine Ni-gun rehab games.

Source: Sanspo 7/9/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers played an Ichi-gun home game in Okinawa on Tuesday for the first time in franchise history.

Source: Daily Sports 7/9/2013

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Blaine Boyer was stopped at Hiroshima airport after metal detectors went off and security found a knife in his belongings.  The knife was confiscated and sent back to the team office in Nishinomiya.

Source: Sanspo 7/9/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars held performance review sessions for all eight Ichi-gun coaches at the team offices on Monday.  Team president Jun Ikeda, GM Shigeru Takada, assistant GM Mitsuhiro Asari, and executive manager Takashi Noda (野田尚志) conducted the interviews.  Once the sessions were finished, individual coaching roles were re-confirmed.

Somewhat related, but not entirely: Ikeda and batting coach Toshio Haru got into an argument before a Yakult game on the 4th.  It escalated to the point where Haru threatened to resign and Ikeda asked for his resignation.  Things cooled off on Monday and after the review sessions, Ikeda denied having any problems with Haru.

Haru will not be forced to resign but will most likely have to pay a fine.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/9/2013

Pitching coach Yui Tomori's session ended up lasting about eighty minutes -- he spent some time fielding questions about newcomer Tim Corcoran.

Source: Sponichi 7/9/2013