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[9/29/2013] Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.30, 2013 @ 2:10 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons announced today that Matt Clark will return to the US on the 30th.  The front office is still uncertain about whether or not they want to sign Clark to an extension.

"He has enough power to hit twenty-five home runs, but he can only play first and does not run well.  He is on the borderline," team official Norihito Nishiwaki said.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013, Sports Hochi 9/29/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien drove in two runs on Sunday and tied Alex Ramirez's 2001 franchise record with 127 RBIs on the season.

Source: Sponichi 9/29/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Ryosuke Kikuchi set a new franchise record on Sunday with his fiftieth sac hit of the season.  The previous record of forty-nine was set by Akihiro Higashide in 2001.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

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Kan Otake picked up his tenth victory of the year on Sunday.  The Carp now have four pitchers with ten or more victories this season -- Kenta Maeda (fifteen wins), Bryan Bullington (eleven wins), Yusuke Nomura (eleven wins), Otake (ten wins).  The last time four Hiroshima pitchers notched double-digit wins was in 1987 -- Yutaka Ono (thirteen wins), Kazuhisa Kawaguchi (twelve wins), Jun Kawabata (ten wins), and Manabu Kitabeppu (ten wins).

Source: Daily Sports 9/29/2013

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The Carp added Tomonori Maeda to the active roster on Sunday to give him one last chance to bid his farewells to fans in the Kanto region.  The media learned of the decision on Friday.

"We will add [T. Maeda] tomorrow and take [Bryan] Bullington off.  I am sure there are people in Tokyo that would like to see him, including his fans.  It will be a chance to say goodbye," Kenjiro Nomura said on Saturday.

Maeda worked out for about six hours on Saturday.  He started with some running and fielding practice.  He then warmed up with some soft-toss batting practice before taking eighty-eight swings against a pitching machine and a live arm.

Source: Daily Sports 9/29/2013

Hanshin Tigers

GM Katsuhiro Nakamura returned from his scouting trip in the US on Saturday.  He is expected to provide team owner Shinya Sakai with a report of his trip within the next couple of days.

Source: Sanpso 9/29/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

On Saturday, Shoichi Ino became the first rookie in franchise history to toss a complete game victory against the Yomiuri Giants since Akio Saito in 1977.

Source: Sponichi 9/29/2013

Ino was late to workouts on Friday by about an hour because he forgot to double-check the times.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013