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[5/21/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hiroshima, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on May.22, 2013 @ 2:58 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants suffered their 100th Inter-league loss on Monday.

Source: Sanspo 5/21/2013

Chunichi Dragons

On Monday, at forty-years and eleven months, Kazuhiro Wada became the oldest player in franchise history to hit a grand slam.  The previous franchise record of thirty-eight years and five months was set by Hiromitsu Ochiai in 1992.

Source: Sponichi 5/20/2013, Sponichi 5/20/2013


Hector Luna extended his hitting streak to twenty-one games on Monday.  The franchise record of twenty-five games was set by Michio Nishizawa in 1949.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/20/2013


Jesus Colome joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at Hotto Motto Kobe on Tuesday.  He tossed a bullpen session in front of the coaches (Kohei Oda was the catcher).

"[Colome] was ok today.  He also throws pitches that are different from Japanese pitchers.  It will be more than fine if he can pitch one inning," said Morimichi Takagi.

The Dragons will make a final decision on Colome after they receive the results from his drug test later this month.

Source: Sanspo 5/21/2013, Sponichi 5/21/2013

Yakult Swallows

Chris Leroux pitched in a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Tuesday and gave up a run on five hits over three innings of work.  This was his first outing at Ni-gun since signing with the Swallows.  He is expected to pitch in as least one more Ni-gun game.

Source: Sanspo 5/21/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Fred Lewis was issued a stern warning and a 100,000 yen fine by the commissioner's office on Tuesday.  Lewis was ejected from a game on Monday after vehemently arguing a strike call during his at bat in the 4th inning.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/21/2013

Hanshin Tigers

1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami started an Ikusei game against a mixed Shikoku Island League plus team on Tuesday at Naruohama.  He gave up three runs on five hits over three innings of work.  He struck out five and topped out at 151km/h.  This was his first outing since he started an Ichi-gun game on the 5th against Yakult at Koshien.  Assuming no problems, Fujinami will likely make his next start at Ichi-gun on the 26th against Nippon Ham at Koshien.

Source: Daily Sports 5/21/2013, Sanspo 5/21/2013


5th round draft pick Kazuyuki Kaneda relieved Fujinami on Tuesday and tossed two shutout inning while allowing two hits.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/21/2013


GM Katsuhiro Nakamura admitted the team was interested in Blaine Boyer and that they were close to finalizing a deal with him.  An announcement could be made soon.

Source: Daily Sports 5/21/2013, Sanspo 5/21/2013


Tsuyoshi Nishioka may have tweaked his left calf while playing defense on Monday (either in the 4th or 6th inning).

Source: Sanspo 5/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/21/2013

Nishioka ended workouts early on Tuesday as a precaution.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/21/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars will likely start Kai-Wen Cheng and 3rd round draft pick Shoichi Ino against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome (May 22-23).