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[7/12/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Hiroshima, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Jul.12, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Toshiya Sugiuchi is 17-5 with a 2.56 ERA in the month of July and 15-8 with a 2.83 ERA in the month August.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Pitching coach Shinji Imanaka told reporters he wanted to use Takuya Asao in tight spots between the 6th and 8th innings, even just for one out.  He pitched the ninth tonight.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/12/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kila Ka'aihue is the sixty-second player in franchise history to bat fourth.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/12/2013

Ka'aihue is the first foreign player in NPB history to hit home runs in his first three consecutive games (there had been twelve that hit home runs in their first two games).  He also joined Clarence Jones (1970) and Bob Horner (1987) as the only players in NPB history to hit four home runs in their first three games.

Source: Sponichi 7/12/2013

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Batting coach Hiromasa Arai suffered a skull fracture in June when he took a batted ball off his head while throwing baseballs to Fred Lewis during soft-toss batting practice.  He almost endured another similar injury on Thursday -- this time he was throwing baseballs to Yoshikazu Kura when a batted ball bounced off some netting and hit him on the right cheek.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Takumi Akiyama gave up a run on two hits over three innings in a Ni-gun tune-up start against Softbank on the 9th.  He rejoined the Ichi-gun team on Thursday and is scheduled to start a game against Yokohama on Saturday.

Source: Sanspo 7/12/2013

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The Tigers are thinking about adding Ikusei player Keisuke Kano to the seventy-man roster.

Kano had surgery to address a herniated disk in his back in 2010.  He continued to struggle with back problems in 2011 and 2012 and was switched over to an Ikusei contract this season with the possibility of returning to the seventy-man roster once his back was better.

The Tigers currently have sixty-six players on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The media learned on Thursday that the organization issued batting coach Toshio Haru a one million yen fine after he got into a heated argument discussion with team president Jun Ikeda before a game against Yakult on the 4th.  Haru has already paid the fine.

Source: Sponichi 7/12/2013