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[5/18/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on May.18, 2013 @ 1:37 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

There is a good chance Michihiro Ogasawara will be added to the active roster on Sunday for the Nippon Ham series at Sapporo Dome (DH rule).

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2013, Daily Sports 5/18/2013


Shinnosuke Abe spoke to Hisayoshi Chono about his "stolen base" (was ruled defensive indifference) in the 8th inning with two out.

"The second baseman and short stop were not even bothering [on that play].  With the kind of lead we had, [Chono] should not have been running," said Abe.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2013

Abe has hit a home run off 183 different pitchers.  That ties Sadaharu Oh's franchise record and is tenth all the NPB All-time list.  Tuffy Rhodes sits in first place with 228.

Source: Sponichi 5/18/2013

Chunichi Dragons

At forty-four years and six months, Takeshi Yamasaki set a new CL record and tied an NPB record on Friday for oldest player to record a walk-off hit.

At forty-two years and two months, George Altman established the previous CL record on June 14, 1975.  The previous NPB record of forty-four years and six months was set by Yoshiyuki Iwamoto on September 30, 1956 and again on October 4, 1956.

Yamasaki also set a new NPB record for oldest player to hit a come-from-behind walk-off hit.  The previous record of forty-two years and six months was set by Hiromitsu Kadota on September 9, 1990.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/18/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2013

Sponichi has slightly more detailed numbers: At forty-four years, six months, and ten days, Yamasaki is the third oldest player to record a walk-off hit in NPB history.  Iwamoto holds the top two records: forty-four years, six months, and twenty-eight days on October 4, 1956 and forty-four year, six months, and nineteen days on September 30, 1956.

Source: Sponichi 5/18/2013

Yakult Swallows

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama recorded the franchise's first come-from-behind walk-off grand slam on Friday.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/18/2013, Daily Sports 5/18/2013

Seventy-seven walk-off grand slams have now been hit in NPB history, of which thirty have been come-from-behind walk-off grand slams.  Only fifteen have been hit with the team trailing by three runs.

Four walk-off grand slams have been hit in franchise history: Lou Jackson on September 16, 1968 (tie game); Masaaki Iwashita on April 6, 1982 (tie game); Atsunori Inaba on May 31, 2001 (tie game); and Hatakeyama on May 17, 2013 (down 5-2).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2013

Hanshin Tigers

1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami is scheduled to pitch anywhere from one to three innings in a rehab game on the 21st (Ikusei game vs Island League mixed team at Naruohama).  He will also toss a bullpen session today.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2013, Sports Hochi 5/18/2013, Daily Sports 5/18/2013


Brooks Conrad joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts today.  Conrad went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Friday.  He could be added to active roster on Sunday for the Seibu series at Seibu Dome (DH rule).

Conrad is 7-for-19 over his last five Ni-gun games.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2013, Daily Sports 5/18/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2013


Scouts from the Yankees and A's were at Friday's game.  They may have been checking on Randy Messenger.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2013


Yamato likes to hit on Fridays: 19-for-35 with six RBI.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yota Kosugi left Friday's game early with pain in his right shoulder.  The team is uncertain how severe the injury is.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2013


There were apparently some concerns about Shun Yamaguchi's adductor muscle, but he told Kiyoshi Nakahata before Friday's game that he would be more than ok to pitch one inning.  Whether or not the adductor muscle affected the way he pitched, Nakahata ended up losing confidence in Yamaguchi.

Jorge Sosa could take over as the new closer.

Source: Daily Sports 5/18/2013Sponichi 5/18/2013