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[9/21/2013] Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.22, 2013 @ 2:31 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

According to Nikkan Sports, the Dragons are having a difficult time making decisions for the 2014 season because their managerial situation is still up in the air.  Team owner Bungo Shirai is partially to blame because he does not want to make any decisions until after the pennant race.

While Hector Luna and Daniel Cabrera are set to return next season, no decisions have been made on Matt Clark or Warner Madrigal.  Discussions with veteran players have begun, but there is still no clear-cut list of players that will or will not be cut.  They will most likely select about five players during the draft, but a direction (youth or immediate help) has not been decided.  Coaching staff personnel is also a big question mark.  Nothing has been decided with fall camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2013

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The Dragons announced on Friday they will begin selling Climax Series tickets on the 22nd, beginning first with fan club members.  General ticket sales will begin on October 6.  They will cancel sales if the team is eliminated from a second place finish.

Source: official announcement

Yakult Swallows

Curacao has decided to honor Wladimir Balentien with an award.  A number of government officials are scheduled to arrive in Japan for a pre-game awards ceremony at Jingu on the 24th.  Balentien has also been invited to a reception at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the 27th.

Source: Sponichi 9/21/2013

A street in Curacao could be named after Balentien.  A monument is also under consideration.

Source: Sanspo 9/21/2013

Hiroshima Carp

If Kan Otake records ten victories this season, Hiroshima will have four pitchers -- Kenta Maeda (14-5), Yusuke Nomura (10-6), Bryan Bullington (10-9), and Otake -- with double-digit wins for the first time since 1987: Yutaka Ono (13-5), Kazuhisa Kawaguchi (12-11), Manabu Kitabeppu (10-14), and Jun Kawabata (10-2).  It will also be the first time four Hiroshima starters have recorded double-digit victories since 1986: Kitabeppu (18-4), Kawaguchi (12-9), Akihito Kaneishi (12-6), and Hiroshi Nagadomi (10-2).

Source: Sponichi 9/21/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers could go with a five-man rotation for the Climax Series.  The game 1, First Stage start could go to Shintaro Fujinami.

"Who can beat Kenta Maeda?  I think [Fujinami] has more than a good shot.  One strategy is to focus on the back two, but if things go well, we could also get a win against Maeda," pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi said.

Source: Daily Sports 9/21/2013

Sports Hochi figures Fujinami will start either game 3 of the First Stage, or game 1 or 2 of the Final Stage.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/21/2013

Sponichi notes game 1 or 2 of the First Stage as possibilities.

Atsushi Nomi, Randy Messenger, Jason Standridge, Daiki Enokida, and Fujinami will most likely make up the starting rotation for the Climax Series.

Source: Sponichi 9/21/2013

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The Tigers have scheduled practice games at Ni-gun on October 4 and 5.  They may use the practice games to give pitchers a chance to work through issues and prepare for the Climax Series.  They may also use Phoenix League games to keep players from getting rusty in between the end of the regular season and the start of the First Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Sponichi 9/21/2013

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The 1985 Tigers made an appearance at Koshien Stadium on Friday for an upcoming TBS TV program -- TV Mirai Isan: Sozetsu... Naze Watashi-ha Yametaka?  Densetsu-no Intai Special on October 14 at 9:00pm.

Source: Daily Sports 9/21/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Daisuke Miura will most likely get three more starts: September 23 vs Chunichi, September 29 vs Yakult, and October 5 vs Chunichi.

Source: Daily Sports 9/21/2013