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[10/1/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Oct.02, 2013 @ 1:17 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants are planning to pitch Tetsuya Utsuimi, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and Tomoyuki Sugano in one game against the Yakult Swallows on October 8.

Source: Sponichi 10/1/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows will finish in last for the first time since 2007.

Hanshin Tigers

Ryota Imanari has been working out at first base.  If Takahiro Arai continues to struggle at the plate and have problems with his right leg, he could step in at first.

Imanari has also done well against Kenta Maeda this season (5-for-9 with three walks) and could make it into the starting line-up at first during the First Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Daily Sports 10/1/2013, Sanspo 10/1/2013


Shinjiro Hiyama's retirement ceremony will take place on October 5.  The Tigers would like to cap off the end of his career by putting him into the starting line-up that day, but only if the standings are set by then.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/1/2013


Wei-Chu Lin would like to continue playing in Japan.  The CPBL is also an option.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/1/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars announced that Ni-gun coach Yoshikazu Takagi and Ni-gun OF coach Hitoshi Nakane will not be returning next season.

Source: official announcement