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[11/16/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.16, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The media learned on Friday that Katsuhiko Kumon (21) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old former nurse living in Hyogo.  They are planning to hold a wedding ceremony some time in December.  The two will begin living together in Kanagawa after the end of fall practices on the 20th.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2013

Yakult Swallows

Tetsuto Yamada is planning to use a Norichika Aoki model bat next season -- made out of maple, about eighty-five centimeters long at about 900 grams.  The bat is similar to the one he used this past season, but with a slightly thicker grip.

Source: Sanspo 11/16/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Friday's practice game against the Seibu Lions:

Final score: Hiroshima 4 - Seibu 2 ... Takaya Toda entered the game in the 4th and tossed three shutout innings and allowed just one hit.  He topped out at 143km/h. [Daily Sports 11/16/2013]


Kan Otake likes to go out to eat and knows a lot of great restaurants.  So much that teammates often ask him for advice on where to go.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/16/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Today's practice game against the LG Twins:

Final score: LG 0 - Hanshin 10 ... Takumi Akiyama started the game and tossed three shutout innings.  He topped out at 141km/h, threw forty-seven pitches, and gave up three hits. [Daily Sports 11/16/2013] ... The offense scored ten runs on thirteen hits.  Four pitchers combined to toss a shutout.  Ryota Imanari started at third and batted third.  He collected two hits.  Ryota Arai was the starting DH and batted clean-up.  He collected two hits, including a solo home run, and two RBI.  In the 7th inning, Naoto Nishida hit a single to center and Ryosuke Ogata hit a double to right to put runners on second and third with one out.  Fumiya Hojo drove in both runners with a single to left. [Nikkan Sports 11/16/2013]


Issei Morita got some work in at second base during fielding drills on Friday.

Source: Sanspo 11/16/2013


Shintaro Fujinami tossed forty-one pitches in the bullpen on Friday.  He also tried throwing from the wind for the first time since he started making adjustments to his motion.  The catcher was set up about sixteen meters away from the mound.

The session was recorded by four cameras placed in different locations.

Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2013

Positions for the four cameras: the first was placed in the right-handed hitter's batter's box, the second on the third base side near the mound, the third from the second base side, and the fourth on the first base side.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2013


The Tigers have reportedly agreed on a basic deal for Mauro Gomez.  He will be brought in as a first baseman and will most likely compete for an everyday job with Takahiro Arai.  Hanshin sees Gomez as their new clean-up hitter.

Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2013


Jason Standridge tweeted the following message to his supporters:

To Hanshin Tigers fans, it is with a heavy heart that I inform you that I will not be back for 2014. My time there was special and the fans were always so supportive. Thank you for the 4 years you cheered me on. Now I look ahead to a new place where God will place me. Thank you!!

Source: Tweet 11/15/2013, Tweet 11/15/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars have a no smoking rule for staff members during work hours.  The media learned on Friday that a Ni-gun trainer was fired after he was caught smoking while on the job.  According to the team, the incident took place in Miyazaki during the Phoenix League in early October.  The trainer was immediately returned to Tokyo after getting caught.  He was suspended for a few days and then fired.

Source: Sponichi 11/15/2013