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NPB Bullet Points (2008/09/07)

by Patrick Newman (Sep 7, 2008)

First bullet points collection in a couple of days... favoring English articles for this round.

English Articles:

Japanese Articles:

  • Junichi Tazawa continues to impress both Japanese and American scouts, this time with 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief in Eneos's 1-0 win over JFE in the Industrial League Tokyo Intercity Baseball Tournament. Scouts from the Yokohama BayStars, Yankees, and Pirates as well as Braves GM Frank Wren were in attendance. When asked about Tazawa, Yankees scout Kida commented, "please ask Cashman".
  • Orix has gone on a tear and gotten themselves all the way into 2nd place in the Pacific League. This has pleased team owner Miyauchi, who commented: "the team is clicking" (note: that's a very loose translation).
  • However, assuming Orix makes the playoffs they'll have to compete without retiring slugger Kazuhiro Kiyohara, who intends to stop playing after his October 1 retirement ceremony. I've never been a Kiyohara fan, but I'd like to see him go out on a high note.
  • Chunichi super-sub Tomas De La Rosa is making a play to stick with the team for next season. He's considered a key man in the team's run up to a playoff spot.

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