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[9/23/2013] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Sep.23, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

The Giants would like to sign Scott Mathieson and Jose Lopez to extensions for the 2014 season.  The team will make decisions on John Bowker and Dennis Houlton after the post-season.  Things may not be looking good for Manny Acosta.

Source: Sponichi 9/23/2013

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Tatsunori Hara will most likely return next season as manager.  He is currently in the final year of a two-year deal.

Source: Daily Sports 9/23/2013

Nikkan Sports reports that the Giants are preparing to offer Hara a two-year extension.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2013

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Of the sixty-nine players on the seventy-man roster, only four have not been called up to Ichi-gun this season (through Sunday): Tomoya IchikawaKo TakahashiHarutomo Tsuji, and Fuminori Yokogawa.

Source: Sanspo 9/23/2013

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Thirty-nine-year-old Michihiro Ogasawara and forty-year-old Yoshitomo Tani would like to continue playing next year.  The two have not spent much time at Ichi-gun this season and may no longer be a part of the team's future plans.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2013

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Mathieson extended his scoreless appearances streak to twenty-three games on Sunday and tied the CL record Tony Barnette set in 2011 for foreign pitchers.

Kentaro Nishimura is the fifth player in NPB history to save forty or more games in a season.  The other four: Hitoki Iwase (2005-2007, 2009-2010), Kyuji Fujikawa (2007, 2011), Kazuhiro Sasaki (1998), Marc Kroon (2008).

Source: Sponichi 9/23/2013

Nishimura picked up another save today and tied Kroon for most saves by a Yomiuri pitcher in one season.

Source: Daily Sports 9/23/2013

Mathieson' scoreless appearances streak ended today.

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At nineteen years and six months, Nobutaka Imamura is the third youngest left-handed pitcher in franchise history to record a victory.  The other two: Tetsuhara Kawakami (eighteen years and one month in 1938) and Hiroshi Nakao (nineteen years and three months in 1939).

Source: Daily Sports 9/23/2013

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Tomoyuki Sugano is the seventh rookie in franchise history to win thirteen or more games.  The other six: Eiji Sawamura (fourteen in 1936), Motoshi Fujita (seventeen in 1957), Ritsuo Horimoto (twenty-nine in 1960), Kunio Jonouchi (twenty-four in 1962), Tsuneo Horiuchi (sixteen in 1966), and Koji Uehara (twenty in 1999).

Source: Sanspo 9/23/2013

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Last season, Shinnosuke Abe blew up a photo of him committing an error that led to a loss and stuck it on a clubhouse wall to punish himself.  The section has since grown with photos of other players in similar situations.

Source: Sponichi 9/23/2013