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[5/2/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on May.02, 2014 @ 5:10 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto was dropped from the starting line-up on Thursday for the first time this season.  Tatsunori Hara told reporters it was because he was "not in good condition." Source: Daily Sports 5/1/2014 ... The consecutive games streak Sakamoto began on July 28, 2009, ended on Thursday at 662.  He made an appearance in the game as a pinch-runner in the 6th, but did not remain in the game after the inning.  According to the rules (10.23c), pinch-running is not enough for a consecutive games streak. Source: Daily Sports 5/1/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Naoto Tsuru could start an Ichi-gun game against Yakult at Jingu on May 4.  Tsuru pitched in an Ni-gun Ikusei game against Honda Suzuka (Industrial League) at Naruohama on April 27 gave allowed one run on five hits over five innings of work. Source: Sanspo 5/1/2014
  • Takashi Toritani set a new franchise record for runs scored in one month with thirty.  The previous high of twenty-seven was set by Fumio Fujimura in April 1950.  The thirty runs also set an NPB record for most runs in the month of April.  The previous high of twenty-seven was set by Hanshin's Fujimura in 1950 and Hankyu's Yutaka Fukumoto in 1980. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/1/2014
  • Mauro Gomez and Matt Murton each drove in twenty-nine runs last month.  They are just the second pairr of players to record twenty-nine or more RBIs in one month in franchise history since the two league format.  The other pair: Makoto Imaoka with thirty-three and Tomoaki Kanemoto with twenty-nine in May 2005.  Gomez is the first foreign player to drive in twenty-nine or more runs during the month of April in his first season since Alex Cabrera drove in thirty-three for Seibu in 2001. Source: Sponichi 5/1/2014 ... Gomez and Murton tied Willie Kirkland (August 1968) and Randy Bass (June 1986) for most RBIs in any given month by a foreign Hanshin player. Source: Sanpso 5/1/2014
  • Roberto Barbon was a special guest on Sun TV's broadcast of Thursday's game.  Sun TV is celebrating its forty-fifth anniversary this year.  Barbon was a commentator for the channel's first Hanshin broadcast on May 6, 1969. Source: Daily Sports 5/1/2014
  • The team shop at the Umeda Hankyu Department Store will give fans a chance to experience hero interviews between May 3 and 5.  Additional information can be found at the announcement link. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yusuke Nomura was taken off the active roster on Thursday after giving up eight runs on ten hits over three innings of work on Tuesday against the Hanshin Tigers.  He had lost for the second time in three starts and allowed seventeen runs (sixteen earned) on twenty-three hits over the three starts. Source: Sports Hochi 5/1/2014, Daily Sports 5/1/2014
  • Zach Phillips Ni-gun stats: 13 G, 5 Sv, 14.0 IP, 5 H, 8 BB, 23 SO, 0 R, 0.00 ERA.  There is a good chance Phillips will join the active roster when Kam Mickolio heads to the United States to be with his expecting wife later this month. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/1/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Shinji Tajima will be sent down to Ni-gun after a rocky outing on Thursday: five runs (all earned) on three hits and three walks over an inning of work. It was the second time in consecutive appearances where he gave up four or more runs in an inning or less of relief. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/1/2014
  • Yudai Ono pitched in a Ni-gun game against Orix on Thursday.  He entered the game in the 6th inning and gave up a run on three hits over three innings of work.  He topped out at 148km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/1/2014, Sanspo 5/1/2014
  • Masahiro Yamamoto started a Ni-gun game against Orix on Thursday.  He gave up four runs on eight hits over five innings of work.  He also surrendered three home runs. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/1/2014
  • Ryosuke Hirata recorded a walk-off hit on April 17.  Since then, in eleven games, he has gone 10-for-42 with one RBI. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/1/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata has high hopes for a trio of pitchers: Shigeru Kaga, Kisho Kagami, and Kohei Mantani.  He is hoping Kaga and Kagami can pitch well enough to secure spots in the starting rotation.  He sees Mantani as someone that can bolster the bullpen as a mid- to long-reliever. Source: Sports Hochi 5/1/2014
  • Shugo Fujii was apparently stopped by a police officer while walking around Shibuya the other day and questioned.  He wondered if maybe the sunglasses he wore were the problem. Source: blog 4/30/2014