Welcome to Yakyubaka.com

[7/25/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hiroshima, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Jul.25, 2013 @ 2:00 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

John Bowker was presented with the FukuGin-sho on Wednesday by Fukuoka Ginko for the home run he hit at YafuOku Dome on June 16 -- the home run hit a billboard beyond the right field foul pole.  Bowker became the fourth player to win the award and the first in six years.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2013

===

Tatsunori Hara briefed all the top team officials on the first-half of the season on Tuesday -- first Tsuneo Watanabe (chairman) and Kojiro Shiraishi (owner) at the Yomiuri Shimbun offices and then Tsunekazu Momoi (president) and Atsushi Harasawa (team rep, general manager) at the team offices.

Source: Sponichi 7/24/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi gave team owner Bungo Shirai a report on the first-half of the season on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are a little concerned about Wladimir Balentien -- over his last two seasons in the NPB, he has slowed down a bit immediately after the All-Star break: in 2011, he struck out thirteen times in thirty-six at bats over ten games and in 2012 he strained his right glute.  In particular, they are worried he might have messed up his swing by trying to do too much during the All-Star series.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Takeru Imamura and Kam Mickolio will be the main relievers in the bullpen.  However, the team is concerned about their consistency and will consider other options in case they are needed.  Miguel Socolovich (coming back from right shoulder pain) could become a possibility.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Yasutomo Kubo was one of two starters in an intra-squad Ni-gun game on Tuesday.  He gave up a run on four hits over two innings of work.  He will most likely pitch in a few more Ni-gun games before he is considered for the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 7/24/2013

===

Assuming no major changes to the starting rotation schedule, Shintaro Fujinami most likely has about ten more starts left this season.

Source: Sanspo 7/24/2013

===

The players and staff got together for a second-half kick-off party on Tuesday at a yakiniku restaurant in Tokyo.  There was talk of Takahiro Arai footing the bill with his All-Star award winnings, but Tigers player association chairman Kentaro Sekimoto told reporters the Tigers paid for the gathering.

Source: Sanspo 7/24/2013, Sponichi 7/24/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Daisuke Miura is planning to throw his slow curve during the second-half.

Source: Sponichi 7/24/2013