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[7/5/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hanshin

by on Jul.05, 2013 @ 7:10 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants recorded a 1-0 victory at Koshien on Thursday for the first time since April 19, 2002 (extra innings), or June 12, 1988 (nine-inning game).  It was the third time this season multiple pitchers combined for a 1-0 win, a first since 1994.

The bullpen has not allowed a run over its last 23.1 innings of work (through Thursday).

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/5/2013

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Kentaro Nishimura joined Marc Kroon (2008-2010) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record at least two consecutive twenty or move save seasons.

Source: Sanspo 7/5/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Warner Madrigal joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Thursday.  He was added to the active roster today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2013

Yakult Swallows

Orlando Roman was taken off the active roster today to work on his control -- he had given up ten hits, walked seven, and hit two batters over his last six innings of work.

Source: Sponichi 7/4/2013, Sanspo 7/5/2013

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Kazuhiro Hatakeyama was called up today.  He went 9-for-22 with four home runs and seven RBI in seven Ni-gun games.

Source: Sanspo 7/5/2013

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The NPB announced that since Taichi Ishiyama made the Mazda All-Star Roster he was no longer eligible for the Fresh All-Star Roster.  Takeaki Tokuyama was named as his replacement.

Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

Jason Standridge struck out eleven hitters on Thursday and tied a personal NPB high he set on July 27, 2010.

Source: Sanspo 7/5/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/5/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami's next start could come on July 7th against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium.  Takumi Akiyama was slated to get the start on the 7th, but the team will most likely go with Fujinami.  The move would allow the rookie to return to his regular Sunday starts.

Akiyama will most likely head to the bullpen.

Source: Sponichi 7/4/2013, Sanspo 7/5/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/5/2013, Daily Sports 7/5/2013

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The Tigers made a mistake with a roster move on Thursday: they meant to add Takashi Shimizu to the active roster, but instead accidentally called up Daiki Kiyohara.

Shimizu joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on Thursday and was ready to play.  Kiyohara was down at Naruohama and had to rush to Koshien after Ni-gun workouts ended around 3:45pm.

Teams provide the NPB with roster changes using an online form that contains check boxes next to player names.  Included with each name is the player's position and uniform number.

The mistake was corrected today -- Shimizu was called up and Kiyohara was sent down.

Source: Sanspo 7/5/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/5/2013