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[10/11/2013] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions

by on Oct.12, 2013 @ 3:43 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants arrived in Miyazaki on Friday.  About 200 fans greeted the team at the airport.  The Ichi-gun team is scheduled to play Phoenix League games on the 12th and 13th in preparation for the Final Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

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Toshiya Sugiuchi will start a Phoenix League game on Saturday.  He is slated to toss three innings.  Assuming he is fine, he could start Game 3 of the Final Stage of the Climax Series.

Dennis Houlton is also scheduled to pitch three innings on Saturday.  He could start Game 4.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

Hanshin Tigers

If the Tigers make it to the Final Stage, they could give the Game 2 start to Daiki Enokida.  He started a Phoenix League game against Rakuten on Thursday and tossed five shutout innings.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

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Yamato (right pinky) joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Friday.  He should be ok to play in the First Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

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Tsuyoshi NIshioka missed practices on Friday because of a fever.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

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Kazuhito Futagami, Kazuo Ito, and Ryoma Matsuda took turns tossing situational batting practice on Thursday as Ichi-gun players (both position players and pitchers) worked on advancing runners with bunts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

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The Tigers are planning to hand out bonuses depending on how players perform during the Climax Series.

Source: Sanspo 10/11/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Sohichiro Amaya joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Friday.  He went 4-for-6 with an RBI in two Phoenix League games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

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Ryosuke Kikuchi played in Thursday's practice game against Industrial League JFE Nishi Nihon and went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

Takeru Imamura tossed a shutout inning in relief and topped out at 147km/h.

Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2013, Sanspo 10/11/2013

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The Carp are planning to bat Ryuhei Matsuyama third, Kila Ka'aihue fourth, and Brad Eldred sixth.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

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The Carp are also planning to hand out bonuses for the Climax Series.  Not all teams hand out bonuses for Climax Series performances -- the Chunichi Dragons do not.  Bonuses are not allowed for the Nippon Series.

Source: Sanspo 10/11/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Pitchers had time to work on their pick-off moves during practices at Kleenex Stadium on Thursday.  The coaches checked to see if pitchers were tipping their moves and adjustments were made accordingly.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

Seibu Lions

Randy Williams (left forearm) should be ok for the First Stage of the Climax Series.  He will most likely take his place in the bullpen alongside Hideaki Wakui and Dennis Sarfate.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013