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[3/13/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers

by on Mar.13, 2014 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Chris Seddon threw seventy-one pitches in the bullpen after his start against Lotte on Thursday was canceled due to rain.  He will get to pitch in a Ni-gun game at some point within the next few days.  Source: Sponichi 3/13/2014
  • Taishi Ota developed a fever after Wednesday's game against Lotte.  He was taken to a hospital in Chiba and diagnosed with influenza B.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/13/2014
  • Ryosuke Miyaguni was diagnosed with the flu on Tuesday.  The team is concerned the virus will spread because Miyaguni sat in a bus with teammates for about two hours the night before -- they were traveling to Nagoya after their game against Hanshin in Ise, Mie.  Source: ZakZak 3/13/2014
  • The outfielders this season could end up being Leslie Anderson in left, Hisayoshi Chono in center, and Yoshinobu Takahashi in right.  When Takahashi gets rest, Chono will probably shift to right with someone else taking over in center.  No one has claimed the position yet, but Taishi Ota and Itaru Hashimoto are among the candidates.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/13/2014
  • The first five slots in the starting rotation could go to Tomoyuki Sugano, Tetsuya Utsumi, Toshiya Sugiuchi, Kan Otake, and Miyaguni.  Nobutaka Imamura might be the front-runner for the sixth spot.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/13/2014
  • General Pitching Coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi told reporters on Wednesday that Imamura would be competing with Seddon for a spot on the starting rotation.  Source: Sanspo 3/13/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami is scheduled to pitch in Saturday's game against Yokohama at Yokohama.  Source: Sanspo 3/13/2014
  • Takumi Akiyama and Kazuhito Futagami will pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on the 15th.  They will pitch again on three days of rest on the 19th against Lotte at QVC Marine.  The two could be competing for the sixth spot in the starting rotation.  Source: Daily Sports 3/13/2014
  • Minoru Iwata could win the fifth spot in the starting rotation.  Akiyama and Yuya Ando are options for the sixth spot.  Futagami could start the season in the bullpen.  Source: Sanspo 3/13/2014
  • The Tigers are discussing the possibility of adding Kazuo Ito to the seventy-man roster.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/13/2014