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[4/13/2013] Yomiuri, Hiroshima, Hanshin

by on Apr.13, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants have been held scoreless over thirty or more innings five times in franchise history: thirty innings in 1955 and 1961, thirty-one innings in 1985 and 2013, and thirty-two innings this season.  Home runs ended the streaks in 1985 (Kiyoshi Nakahata) and 2013 (John Bowker).

Source: Sponichi 4/13/2013


The Giants announced that Hirokazu Sawamura and former Nippon TV reporter Maki Mori filed for divorce.  The two parted on good terms (the papers were filed in late March).

Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2013, Sponichi 4/13/2013

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp recorded back-to-back homers on Friday against Chunichi (Brad Eldred and Ryuhei Matsuyama in the 8th inning) for the first time since August 22, 2010 (Jun Hirose and Takahiro Iwamoto in the 2nd inning).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers' consecutive scoreless innings streak ended at forty-one innings when six runs crossed the plate in the 1st inning of today's game against Yokohama at Koshien.

Top two longest scoreless innings streaks in franchise history: franchise and NPB high of fifty-two innings was established between September 19 and September 27, 1942; forty-one innings was established between April 27 and May 11, 1941 and tied between April 7 and April 12, 2013.

Source: Sponichi 4/13/2013

The Tigers set a new franchise record with four straight shutout games.  The previous franchise high of three games was set nine times.  The Nippon Ham Fighters (2011) and Chunichi Dragons (2010) hold the NPB record with five straight shutout games.

The NPB high fifty-two scoreless innings streak is shared by two teams: Hanshin in 1942 and Nippon Ham in 2011.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2013


1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen today.  He is scheduled to start Sunday's game against Yokohama at Koshien.

Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2013


Ryota Arai (minor left hamstring strain) is able to run dashes at eighty to ninety percent.

Source: Sanspo 4/13/2013

Arai played in an Ikusei game against NIppon Shinyaku today.  He was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He got to bat three times and a hit a home run to left in his second trip to the plate.  He is scheduled to play some defense in Sunday's Ikusei game against Riseisha Gakuen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2013