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06/12/2006 Archived Entry: "Japanese Baseball News: Monday Report"

Japanese Baseball News: Monday Report

Japanese Baseball News: The Monday Report By Glenn Davies,Tokyo Japan

Central League News
CLFLAG (2k image)The Yomiuri Giants have fallen hard over the past two weeks and  a strong 3-way race for the title has developed. The Giants were 11 games over .500 going into the last week of June only to lose 12 of 20 games and find themselves in third. The Giants were swept by the Hawks and Marines in their last two series and find themselves mired in a 6-game losing streak as we speak.Pitching has been brutal for the Giants and a series of injuries to stars such as Takahashi, Lee, Abe and Dillon have not helped.The Tigers find themselves in first and are 5-5 in their last 10. Former reliever Egusa continues to shine as a starter winning his 5th over the weekend.The Dragons have kept pace well and are 6-4 in their last 10(although the 3 games against Rakuten shouldnt really count).The Swallows are improved and Riggs and Ramirez already have 99RBIs between them. If only the CL had a playoff like the PL then things would be more interesting for them.
Pacific League News
PLFLAG (2k image)As with the CL the PL lead continues to change hands and the masters of inter-league and Japan series champions Chiba Lotte are back in the saddle.The Marines have won 20 of their last 26 and show no signs of stopping with a sweep of the Giants this past weekend. Newly acquired outfielder Matt Watson has helped to light things up for the Marines batting .304 2 6 in just 26ABs this season. The Hawks are 6-4 in their last 10 and have gotten their pitching going, not allowing more than 3runs against in all but one of those 10 games. Seibu continue to win and lose in bunches and Cabrera and Wada continue to go yard regularly with 20HRs between them at this stage.The Fighters are being gifted the run at third with the poor play of Orix taking them down to 5th. Shinjos farewell circus continued with him arriving at the Sapporo dome by Gondola the other night...Rakuten have one thing worth watching this season in Fernandez, hes hit a league leading 17HRs already this year and may threaten the HR record of 55 at this rate.
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 2006 Standings


Hanshin Tigers33241.579-Chiba Lotte Marines38260.594-
Chunichi Dragons32241.5710.5Softbank Hawks36281.5632.0
Yomiuri Giants32262.5521.5Seibu Lions35280.5562.5
Yakult Swallows30280.5173.5Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters33310.5165.0
Hiroshima Carp25322.4398.0Orix Buffaloes26361.41911.0
Yokohama Bay Stars21362.36812.0Rakuten Eagles20420.32317.0

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