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[10/10/2013] Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Oct.11, 2013 @ 2:27 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Junji Ogawa told reporters on Thursday that using Wladimir Balentien at first base next season was an option when thinking about his defense and the strain on his legs.

Source: Sanspo 10/10/2013

Balentien left for the US with his mother out of Narita Airport on Thursday.  He will head to Curacao in mid-November and may return to Japan for the player awards ceremony later that month.  When reporters asked him what he looked forward to most this off-season, he said driving.

Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2013

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Tony Barnette and Orlando Roman also left for the US out of Narita Airport on Thursday.  Barnette still has a year left on his contract.

Source: Sanspo 10/10/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Mazda officially signed a five-year contract extension with Hiroshima City on Thursday for naming rights to Hiroshima Municipal Stadium.

Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2013, previous post

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars announced they added Takayuki Shinohara (37) and Masaaki Koike (33) to the coaching staff.  Position information will be released at a later date.

Source: official announcement

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Tony Blanco left for the Dominican Republic on Thursday out of Narita Airport.  Before leaving, he told reporters he planned to lose eight to ten kilograms during the winter.

Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2013