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Hiroshima Toyo Carp (12-19-4) at Yomiuri Giants (22-11-2)
Sunday, August 2nd, 1:00 AM EDT
Yomiuri Giants: RHP Toshiki Sakurai (2-1, 3.73 ERA)
Hiroshima Toyo Carp: RHP Atsushi Endoh (1-1, 5.48 ERA)
The Giants and the Carp are riding opposite runs of form ahead of this NPB matchup, as the Giants have won their last two and the Carp dropped their past two. As such, the Giants will go for the series sweep Sunday and should confident about their chances following Saturday's impressive 11-3 win. The Giants are in first place of the Central League standings with a 22-11-2 record, while the Carp are dead last with a 12-19-4 record. The pitching matchup for this contest will feature two righties, as Toshiki Sakurai will get the nod for the Giants and Atsushi Endoh will start for the Carp. The numbers lean towards Yomiuri's starter, though, as he owns a better ERA compared to Hiroshima's hurler (3.73 to 5.48). Plus, the Giants have a superior offense and that should make things easier for Sakurai.
Rubby De La Rosa - Out - Abdomen
7/7 1:49 AM IST - De La Rosa was removed from the Giants' active roster Monday due to a left abdominal muscle strain, NikkanSports.com reports. De La Rosa was off to a hot start in his first full season in NPB, notching four saves and allowing no runs in his five appearances with the club. He'll most likely be down for at least a few