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[7/19/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hanshin

by on Jul.20, 2013 @ 12:09 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara will most likely return to the Giants as manager next season, provided the team does not end up finishing the year in fourth place or lower.

"[Hara] will of course be back if they win the Nippon Series.  Even a pennant.  So long as the team does not get blown away.  He will return as long as the team does not finish [in the bottom three].  Although I highly doubt there is a chance of a bottom three finish," said team chair Tsuneo Watanabe to reporters on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi may be planning to save Yudai Ono, Daniel Cabrera, and Daisuke Yamai for a three-game Yomiuri series that begins on the 26th.  That could mean pitchers like Masahiro Yamamoto, Kenichi Nakata, and Kentaro Nishikawa will have an opportunity to win starts during a two-game Yokohama series that begins on the 24th.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/19/2013

Yakult Swallows

Team president Tsuyoshi Kinugasa told reporters they currently have no plans of firing Junji Ogawa mid-season.

"[The team] still has a shot at [the top three].  We wanted him to focus on the post-season last year so we announced his extension early on in September.  We want to wait until the last minute to decide on next season," said Kinugasa.

Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2013

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The Swallows are planning to hold off on adding Ikusei outfielder Takanori Sato to the seventy-man roster.  Sato will become a free agent after the season since this is his third year as an Ikusei player.  The team plans to re-sign him as an Ikusei player.

Sato has already been informed of the decision and has reportedly told the club he only wants to play for Yakult.

Source: Sanspo 7/19/2013, Daily Sports 7/19/2013

Hanshin Tigers

There is a good chance the Tigers will add Ikusei players Keisuke Kano and Keisuke Hayashi to the seventy-man roster before the deadline at the end of the month.  An official announcement will be made within the next couple of days.

Source: Sanspo 7/19/2013

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka will begin using a new intro song during the second-half.  The song, titled Superstar, was written for Nishioka by singer/songwriter Tsuyoshi.

The intro song Nishioka used during the first-half, Curtain Call, was also written by Tsuyoshi.

Source: Sponichi 7/19/2013