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[5/19/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on May.19, 2013 @ 4:23 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe hit a home run off pitcher number 184 on Saturday night and moved into sole possession of first on the franchise list.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/19/2013


1st round draft pick Tomoyuku Sugano struck out twelve hitters on Saturday.  He is the second pitcher -- behind Hirokazu Sawamura and his eleven strikeouts against Orix on May 23, 2011 -- to record double-digit strikeouts in an Inter-league game in his first year.  He became the sixth pitcher in franchise history -- behind Eiji Sawamura, Suguru Egawa, Koji Uehara, Hiroshi Kisanuki, and Yuya Kubo -- to record two or more double-digit strikeouts in their rookie season.  He also joined E. Sawamura (fourteen strikeouts on November 19, 1936), Egawa (twelve strikeouts on August 26, 1979), and Kisanuki (fifteen strikeouts on July 6, 2003 and twelve strikeouts on July 21, 2003) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record twelve or more strikeouts in a game during their first year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/19/2013, Sponichi 5/19/2013

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons decided to hold off on making a decision on Jesus Colome after watching him toss a bullpen session at Nagoya Dome on Saturday.

"[Colome] threw the ball well, but he has not pitched in any games.  We will give him two or three more days to prepare and then make a final decision," said Morimichi Takagi.

Colome is also scheduled to take a drug exam at a Nagoya hospital on the 20th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/19/2013, Daily Sports 5/19/2013

Yakult Swallows

Shinya Miyamoto recorded his 2,097th hit on Saturday and is now tied with Atsuya Furuta for second most hits by a Swallows player.

Source: Sanspo 5/19/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers stole five bases (Yamato two, Takashi Toritani one, Takahiro Arai one, Shunsuke one) during a game against Softbank at Koshien on Saturday for the first time since June 14, 2006 (at Fullcast Miyagi; Norihiro Akahoshi three, Masato Akamatsu one, Makoto Imaoka one) and September 23, 2001 (at Koshien; Taichiro Kamisaka three, Akahoshi two).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/19/2013


1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami threw thirty-eight pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  He will pitch in an Ikusei rehab game on the 21st before making a return to the active roster in time for a start against Nippon Ham on either the 25th or 26th.

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

Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is planning to travel to Naruohama after the Ichi-gun game at Seibu Dome on the 20th to watch Fujinami pitch on the 21st.  He will then rejoin the Ichi-gun team for the Lotte series at QVC Marine on the 22nd.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2013


Tsuyoshi Nishioka is using a lighter bat right now: from 920 grams to 880-890 grams.

Source: Sanspo 5/19/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Shun Yamaguchi was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sponichi 5/19/2013


Tony Blanco knocked out his twentieth homer of the season on Saturday.  The shot came in his forty-second game, which is tied for third quickest in NPB history with Shigeo Nagashima (1968) and is behind Shinnosuke Abe's thirty-three games in 2004 and Alex Cabrera's thirty-eight games in 2001.

Blanco also joined Noboru Aota (1956), Takeshi Kuwata (1959), Glenn Braggs (1994), and Shuichi Murata (2006) as the only players in franchise history to be the first in either league to hit twenty home runs in a season.

Source: Sanspo 5/19/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/19/2013


Norihiro Nakamura was left out of the starting line-up on Saturday because of discomfort in his hip joint -- he does not have any problems swinging the bat but does have problems on defense.

Source: Sponichi 5/18/2013