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[10/14/2013] Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.15, 2013 @ 2:30 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

628 fans checked out the first official day of fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on Sunday.

732 fans showed up for fall practices on Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/14/2013

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Hiromitsu Ochiai reportedly suggested the team switch their uniform design to something that was used when they were stronger.  He mentioned 1954 Dragons.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/14/2013

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The Dragons announced that Hirokazu Ibata (right elbow) and Yohei Oshima (left elbow) had their surgeries at hospitals in Nagoya on Saturday.  The two players will be discharged from the hospital on the 15th and will begin rehabbing at Nagoya Stadium on the 16th.  It will be two to three weeks before the two can start playing catch.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome left Sunday's game early because of pain in his right calf.

Source: Sanspo 10/14/2013

Fukudome showed up at Naruohama on Monday and told reporters he had nothing to say about his right leg.

Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2013

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The Tigers are thinking about allowing Shintaro Fujinami to throw more bullpen sessions.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/14/2013

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Batting coach Jitsuo Mizutani took responsibility for the team's offensive problems during the second-half of the season by submitting his resignation after Sunday's loss to the Hiroshima Carp.

Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2013

The Tigers announced that Mizutani will not be returning next season.  Health problems were mentioned as part of the issue.

Source: Sponichi 10/14/2013, official announcement