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[9/18/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers

by on Sep.18, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants could begin sending two advance scouts to games involving the two other CL teams in the top three in preparation for the Climax Series.  They will also most likely begin collecting footage on potential PL opponents shortly.

Source: Sponichi 9/18/2013

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Staff will begin actual celebration preparations once the team's magic number drops to two.

Source: Sanspo 9/18/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Hitoki Iwase recorded the 382nd save of his career in tonight's game against the Yomiuri Giants and set a new record for saves by a Japanese pitcher.  Iwase recorded his first save on June 23, 1999 (vs Yomiuri).

The previous record of 381 was held by Kazuhiro Sasaki (252 NPB saves plus 129 MLB saves).

Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/2013

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With their loss against the Yomiuri Giants on Tuesday, the Dragons can no longer finish the season with a record above .500.  The last time they ended the season with a losing record was 2001 (62-74-4, fifth place).

In sixty-four seasons since the two league format began in 1950, the Dragons have finished with a record under .500 eighteen times.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows will hold a retirement ceremony for Shinya Miyamoto on October 4 (vs Hanshin at Jingu).

Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2013

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Wladimir Balentien's story made the front page in Curacao newspapers.  Local musicians are recording a song celebrating his record.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/2013

The number of reporters covering Balentien during batting practice peaked at about one-hundred before he broke the home run record.  On Tuesday, there was less than half that amount.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Hirokazu Shiranita started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Tuesday and gave up one run (earned) on four hits over five innings of work.  He struck out four, walked none, and threw sixty-two pitches.  He will most likely get an Ichi-gun start during a three-game Yokohama series that begins on the 24th.

Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2013