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07/17/2006 Archived Entry: "Japanese Baseball Update"

Japanese Baseball Update

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

Central League News
CLFLAG (2k image)The Giants continued to implode, going on a 7 game losing streak these past weeks and losing yet another player to injury in closer Kiyoshi Toyoda. The Dragons continue to roll, Tyrone Woods hit his 21st HR on Sunday as the Dragons came back to win 4-2 over the Tigers. The Tigers have played themselves into a good position though, taking 2 of 3 from each of their last 2 series.Kanemoto has been hitting well for the Tigers and leads the team in HRs with 13 (.297 13 49).The Swallows have battled well to get to third but find themselves out of the race along with the Giants, Carp and Baystars. Former Major league closer Shingo Takatsu (1-2 3.65 3sv)gave up a solo shot to Kenji Yano of the Giants last night and took a heartbreaking loss for the Swallows who had battled back to tie the game.
Pacific League News
PLFLAG (2k image)Seibu continue to swing the hot bats and built upon their lead in the Pacific. The ability to win bad games may be the difference between them and the Hawks as Lions starter Chris Gissell had a shocker, giving up 4 runs and seven hits in four innings on Sunday, but still getting the win (5-0 3.23). Hayato Terahara helped the Hawks cause by pitching a 2-hit shutout against the Fighters.Terahara who has struggled with injuries each of the past 2 years received congratulations from Sadaharu Oh by phone as the team manager and legendary hitter in hospital undergoing stomach surgery. Fighters rookie Yagi pitched in the loss but Fighters hot play has continued and they have looked more convincing than the Marines over the past week and may snatch the playoff spot away from Bobby Valentines championship team. Jose Fernandez's great season continues and he remains tied with Alex Cabrera in the HR race at 20. He's also only 2 off the RBI lead and will likely be the only Rakuten footnote as the season winds down.
Batting Leaders





4SheetsTigers.31034812474Fernandez Eagles.3143092060
Pitching Leaders




 2006 Standings


Chunichi Dragons47303.610-Seibu Lions50342.595-
Hanshin Tigers48352.5782.0Softbank Hawks49362.5761.5
Yakult Swallows41420.4949.0Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters48390.5523.5
Hiroshima Carp37444.45712.0Chiba Lotte Marines46400.5355.0
Yomiuri Giants38482.44213.5Orix Buffaloes36511.41415.5
Yokohama Bay Stars34472.42015.0Rakuten Eagles29570.33722.0

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