Kazuki Yoshimi recorded his tenth victory of the year on Wednesday and is now the first pitcher in franchise history to record five consecutive double-digit victory seasons since Senichi Hoshino (1973-1977). Shigeru Sugishita hold the franchise record with nine (1950-1958).
The last player in the NPB to record five or more consecutive double-digit win seasons was Yu Darvish (2006-2011).
Shun Tono tossed batting practice today -- he faced three batters and threw thirty-three pitches. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2012
Daisuke Ochi threw baseballs into a net for the third straight day today -- seventy baseball at a distance of about fifteen meters. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2012
When Yoshinobu Takahashi saw Yakult Swallows Tsuyoshi Ueda make a fielding error on his hit to center on Wednesday night, he thought about making it to third, but as he got closer to his goal, he noticed the third base coach waving him on. And so he kept running and made it all the way to home plate. After sliding safely across home plate, the thirty-seven-year-old briefly remained on his back in order to catch his breath. Source: Sanspo 8/23/2012, Youtube Video
The Giants announced that they will use a portion of their Inter-league winnings to buy and donate baseball -- gloves and two hundred baseballs each -- to youth baseball organizations in each of the six Tohoku regions. They also plan to have their players directly present the equipment to three of the six regions during their Tohoku road trip (August 28-30): Akita, Morioka, and Koriyama. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2012
Hiroaki Saiuchi could make his Ichi-gun debut against the Hiroshima Carp on September 1 (at Koshien). Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2012
Ni-gun stats: 8 G, 4-1, 36.2 IP, 149 BF, 31 H, 1 HR, 11 BB, 3 HBP, 24 SO, 2 WP, 11 R, 8 ER, 1.96 ERA
Tomoaki Kanemoto's back is not doing to well. The team does not plan on taking him off the active roster and will likely instead give him a couple days off. Source: Daily Sports 8/23/2012
The Tigers could name Katsuhiro Nakamura their first GM as early as September. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2012