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[9/28/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.29, 2013 @ 2:23 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

There are currently no plans to add Michihiro Ogasawara and Yoshitomo Tani to the active roster.  Neither played in Friday's Ni-gun game against Lotte and Saturday was the last day of the Ni-gun regular season.  This could be an indication that the Giants are not planning to use either player during the postseason.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2013


The Giants announced on Thursday that at home will be a sponsor of the Final Stage of the Climax Series.  The official name of the series will be the 2013 at home Climax Series Ce Final Stage.  The following shortened versions are also allowed: 2013 at home Climax Ce Final Stage and 2013 at home CS Ce Final Stage.

Source: official announcement

Chunichi Dragons

Takeshi Yamasaki's retirement game/ceremony will take place on October 5 against Yokohama at Nagoya Dome.  Masahiro Yamamoto has agreed to start the game.  Doala is hoping to turn his first back-flip since fracturing his left middle finger in August.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/28/2013

Yamasaki will probably get one at bat.  Yamamoto will most likely pitch two innings.

Source: Nikkan SPorts 9/28/2013

Other veteran players, like Motonobu Tanishige, Kazuhiro Wada, and Masahiro Araki, are expected to make the starting line-up on October 5.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien's parade in Curacao is scheduled to take place on November 17.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/28/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Ryosuke Kikuchi tied a franchise mark with his forty-ninth sac hit on Saturday.  Akihiro Higashide set the original record in 2000.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2013


Takeru Imamura was taken off the active roster on Friday because of poor performance.  If he does not turn things around, he could be left off the roster for the First Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Daily Sports 9/28/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Former players have contacted Kiyoshi Nakahata and told him not to quit.

Source: Daily Sports 9/28/2013

If the Bay Stars are planning to ask Nakahata to return, they will most like do it after the season.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2013


The Bay Stars beat the Yomiuri Giants 7-2 on Saturday.  It was their fifth victory against the Giants this season, one more than last year.

"This is a sign that we are improving.  This is not just one win.  This is a win that will have an impact next year," Nakahata said.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/28/2013


Alex Ramirez is scheduled to make the starting line-up in the final home game of the season on October 8.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2013