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[4/14/2013] Yomiuri, Yakult, Hiroshima, Hanshin

by on Apr.14, 2013 @ 11:26 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano became the fifth rookie pitcher in franchise history to record two victories in the month of April.  The other four: Koji Uehara with two victories in two starts in 1999; Hisanori Takahashi with three victories in three starts in 2000, Satoshi Fukuda with three victories in three relief appearances in 2006; and Norihito Kaneto with three victories in three starts in 2007.

Source: Sponichi 4/14/2013

Sugano has been hitching rides to Tokyo Dome from the player dorm in Kawasaki with Kentaro Nishimura.

Source: Sanspo 4/14/2013

Yakult Swallows

Masanori Ishikawa took a batted ball of his left shin during Saturday's game against Yomiuri.  He spoke to reporters today and said that everything was fine.  He is expected to make his next start as scheduled.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2013

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp tied a CL record when the pitching staff recorded its fifth straight double-digit strikeout game on Saturday.  Beginning on the 9th against Yokohama: ten, ten, eleven, fifteen, and twelve.  Two other CL teams have managed the same record: Yokohama in 1996 (May 17-May 23) and Yomiuri in 2000 (April 29-May 4).  The Carp were the first CL team to accomplish the feat in five nine inning games.

Source: Sponichi 4/14/2013

Hanshin Tigers

1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami was named IBAF Junior Male Athlete of the Year.

Source: official announcement

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Ryota Arai went 1-for-3 in an Ikusei game against Nippon Shinyaku on Saturday: strikeout looking in the 1st, solo home run to left-center in the 3rd, and ground out to second in the 5th (ran full speed).

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2013

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Minoru Iwata was demoted to Ni-gun today because of his struggles and because he continues to make the same mistakes (he gave up 1st inning runs in six of twenty-five starts last year and has given up 1st inning runs in all three starts this year).  Tatsuya Kojima, Takumi Akiyama, and Hiroaki Saiuchi are options that could replace Iwata in the rotation.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2013, Sanspo 4/14/2013