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[9/30/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.01, 2013 @ 1:05 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi worked out at Giants Stadium on Monday.  He tossed his first bullpen session since he was taken off the active roster on the 25th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Matt Clark returned to the US on Monday out of Chubu Centrair International Airport.  Before leaving, he ate a bowl of ramen noodles.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2013

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The front office has not made a decision on Warner Madrigal.  He was taken off the active roster on the 27th and is expected to return home on October 5. The righty told reporters that he wanted to return next season.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2013

Yakult Swallows

A number of changes to the coaching staff are expected.  Two possible moves include promoting Ni-gun manager Mitsuru Manaka to either Ichi-gun head coach or batting coach and naming Ichi-gun batting coach Takahiro Ikeyama the new Ni-gun manager.

The Swallows are expected to make an announcement about the new coaching staff some time in October.

Source: Daily Sports 9/30/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/30/2013

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp announced today that Tomonori Maeda's retirement ceremony will take place on October 3 (vs Chunichi).  If the game is rained out, the ceremony will be postponed to the following day.

A number of Maeda retirement merchandise will become available for purchase on October 3.

Source: official announcement, Maeda merchandise

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Pitching coach Yasuyuki Yamauchi told reporters on Sunday that in considering the Climax Series schedule Kenta Maeda would get one last regular season start on October 5 vs Yakult.  Assuming he gets the Game 1 start on October 12, that would be six days of rest in between games.

Source: Sanspo 9/30/2013

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The Carp finished the month of September 15-7-1.  The last time they recorded at least fifteen victories in one month was August 1997.

Source: Daily Sports 9/30/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers finished September 6-16-2.  They are the only team in the CL to finish September with a losing record.  This was the first time the Tigers ended a month ten or more game under .500 since they went 4-17-0 in September 1999.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2013