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[5/27/2013] Chunichi, Yakult, Hiroshima, Hanshin

by on May.28, 2013 @ 3:28 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons announced on Monday that they decided to pass on Jesus Colome (35).

"We based our decision on a number of things, including his tryout and other data we collected," said team official Norihito Nishiwaki.

There were some concerns about a fifty-game suspension he served last year after failing a drug test, but the results from a new test he took in Japan on the 20th came back negative.  Colome will return to the Dominican Republic on the 29th.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/27/2013


Daisuke Yamai is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against Lotte.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/27/2013


Over the years, seven players have managed to keep batting averages at or above .400 through the season's first forty-nine games.  All seven finished with batting titles.  Through forty-nine games, Hector Luna is batting .407 (77-for-189).

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2013

Yakult Swallows

Chris Leroux started a Ni-gun game agaisnt Seibu on Sunday and gave up three runs on six hits and five walks over four innings of work.  He was originally supposed to toss five innings, but stopped short since he was already over ninety pitches.

When Leroux gets promoted will depend on how well Orlando Roman pitches on the 29th against Orix.

Source: Sanspo 5/27/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda reportedly started feeling some discomfort in his back partway through the 6th inning.

Pitching coach Yasuyuki Yamauchi told reporters that Maeda has had more issues with tightness in his back and lower back from before the start of the season than usual.  Early preparation work for the WBC may be the cause.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Takahiro Arai is one RBI away from 1,000 for his career.  Five Tigers have reached the 1,000 RBI milestone: Fumio Fujimura, Kazuhiro Yamauchi, Koichi Tabuchi, Masayuki Kakefu, and Tomoaki Kanemoto.

Source: Daily Sports 5/27/2013


1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami joins five other pitchers in franchise history that have had winning streaks of four or more games in a row during their rookie seasons.

Yutaka Enatsu (1967, a six-game winning streak and a four-game winning streak), Masaaki Koyama (1953, five-game winning streak beginning with first outing), Mashiro Yamanaka (1954, five-game winning streak beginning with first outing), Shoji Toyama (1986, five-game winning streak), Takumi Akiyama (2010, four-game winning streak), and Fujinami (2013, four-game winning streak).

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2013

Fujinami-Otani merchandise sold extremely well again on Sunday at Koshien Stadium -- clear folders sold out in about ten minutes, t-shirts and key chains were gone in under an hour.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2013


The Tigers scored six runs in one inning four times this season: April 12 vs Yokohama in the 5th; May 3 vs Yakult in the 2nd; May 4 vs Yakult in the 1st; and May 26 vs Nippon Ham in the 1st.  Last year, they managed six runs in one inning just one time: August 19 vs Yakult in the 9th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/27/2013