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Yomiuri battling through starter troubles
John E. Gibson / Daily Yomiuri Sportswriter
The struggling rotation of the three-time defending Central League champion Yomiuri Giants has become more of a "Who's that?" than a who's who.
The three Is--injuries, inconsistency and ineffectiveness--have plagued the starters recently and the team ERA is third in the CL at 3.95, just ahead of the Hanshin Tigers' 4.31.
Shun Tono is tied for the league lead with a career-best 12 wins, but has lost three straight starts. Dicky Gonzalez is still trying to find last year's form, having lost a career-worst nine. In addition, his 5.77 ERA is higher …