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[5/13/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hiroshima, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on May.13, 2013 @ 11:26 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi has been the starting and winning pitcher in two back-to-back 1-0 games.  The last Yomiuri pitcher to accomplish that was Suguru Egawa in 1982 (July 21 and August 6).

Utsumi has not allowed a run over his last twenty-three innings of work.  That ties the personal high he set between August and September 2006.  He is also one victory away from 100.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Soma Yamauchi was taken off the active roster today with pain in the left side of his back.  It is not considered a serious injury.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/13/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2013

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The Dragons are expected to add Takeshi Yamasaki to the active roster on Tuesday.  He joined the Ichi-gun team for practice today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2013, Sports Hochi 5/13/2013

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Motonobu Tanishige and Kazuhiro Wada became the second pair of players in their forties in NPB history to hit home runs in the same game on Sunday.  The other pair: Tomoaki Kanemoto and Shinjiro Hiyama on August 25, 2010.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows added Ikusei pitcher Takeaki Tokuyama to their seventy-man roster today.  His uniform number will change from 115 to 62.  His salary for the current season will be 4.8 million yen.

Source: offiicial announcement, Sports Hochi 5/13/2013

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp recorded two grand slams on Sunday against the Chunichi Dragons.  It marked the twenty-second time in NPB history (first since Nippon Ham on June 29, 2010) one knocked out two grand slams in one game.  The Carp have actually accomplished the feat on two other previous occasions: Jim Lyttle and Adrian Garrett on April 20, 1978 (vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome) and Tomonori Maeda and Greg LaRocca on August 10, 2005 (vs Yakult at Jingu Stadium).

Two different players were responsible for the grand slams on Sunday: Yoshihiro Maru in the 4th inning and Ryosuke Kikuchi in the 6th inning.  Both players had never hit a grand slam before in their pro careers.  Three other teams have recorded two grand slams by two different players that had never before hit a grand slam: Hideyuki Suzuki and Takaso Katsuragi on September 23, 1956; Isao Ito and Shozo Shigematsu on March 22, 1964; and Kohei Shimamoto and Shigeru Ishiwata on April 17, 1977.

Maru recorded the team's eighteenth pinch-hit grand slam (first since Takahiro Arai on May 21, 2005).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2013, Sponichi 5/13/2013, Sponichi 5/13/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kentaro Sekimoto tweaked his leg after hitting a single to center in the 9th inning.  He was immediately replaced by a pinch-runner.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 5/13/2013

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Kosuke Fukudome started pool therapy on Sunday -- he did various exercises in a pool for about twenty minutes.  He got the day off today.

Source: Sanspo 5/13/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami's next game could come on the 25th against Nippon Ham at Koshien.  That would allow Jason Standridge and Randy Messenger to pitch on five days of rest and Atsushi Nomi and Daiki Enokida to pitch on six days of rest.

Source: Sponichi 5/13/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars will start Inter-league play in third place.  Since the start of Inter-league play, the best they ever managed was fourth place (2005, 2007, 2010).

Source: Sanspo 5/13/2013