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[4/16/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hiroshima, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Apr.16, 2013 @ 6:34 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants will likely start Ryosuke Miyaguni, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and Hirokazu Sawamura against the Hanshin Tigers.

Source: Sponichi 4/16/2013


The Japanese government officially announced that they will give Shigeo Nagashima and Hideki Matsui the People's Honor Award.  The ceremony will take place at Tokyo Dome on May 5.  Nippon TV will televise a special program, which will include footage from the ceremony, between 12:45 and 15:00.

Source: Sponichi 4/16/2013Daily Sports 4/16/2013, Daily SPorts 4/16/2013

Chunichi Dragons

1st round draft pick Koji Fukutani could make the active roster some time in early May.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2013


According to Daily Sports, Masahiro Yamamoto was taken off the active roster on Monday with a minor hamstring strain.

Source: Daily Sports 4/16/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are planning to sell 2nd round draft pick Yasuhiro Ogawa merchandise.  He will be the first Yakult rookie to get his own line of products since Yoshinori in 2008.  The first items, like t-shirts, could become available some time during Golden Week.

Source: Daily Sports 4/16/2013, Sponichi 4/16/2013

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp will likely start Bryan Bullington, Kan Otake, and Hisashi Takeuchi against the Bay Stars (April 16-18).  Kenta Maeda, Yuichi Hisamoto, and Kyohei Nakamura will likely make starts against Yomiuri (April 19-21).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Attendance figures at Koshien were better over the last four home games.  Same-day ticket sales were up, but advance ticket and season ticket sales remained low.

Source: Daily Sports 4/16/2013


Seven people took advantage of the free "Shintaro" "Fujinami" tickets to Tsutenkaku on Monday.

Source: Sanspo 4/16/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Alex Ramirez's 2,000-hit ceremony will take place on the 27th (vs Hanshin at Yokohama).

Source: Sanspo 4/16/2013


The Bay Stars will be opening the field up to fans after games on the 28th (Hanshin) and 29th (Yakult) for family movie night -- Monsters Inc will be shown on the big screen in center.

Source: official announcementSponichi 4/16/2013