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

by on May.05, 2014 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara's father, Mitsugu Hara, suffered a cardiac infarction on Sunday night.  T. Hara returned to Tokyo from Nagoya on Monday morning because his father was not in good condition.  Head coach Masahiro Kawai acted as interim manager on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2014, Tokyo Sports 5/5/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers became the first NPB team to win twenty games this season on Sunday.  This was the third time they accomplished the feat.  The other two times: 1974 and 2003. Source: Sanspo 5/5/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • On Sunday, the Carp became the first team in the NPB to win twenty games.  They accomplished the feat three other times in the past: 1986, 1989, and 1998.  Just the Central League, eight others times.  Becoming the first in thirty games was third quickest in franchise history, after 1989's twenty-five games (20-5) and 1998's twenty-eight games (20-8). Source: Daily Sports 5/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/5/2014, Sanspo 5/5/2014
  • Red Sox scout Galen Carr was in the stands on Sunday. Source: Tokyo Sports 5/5/2014, Sponichi 5/5/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Naomichi Donoue helped turn five double plays at a shortstop against the Yomiuri Giants on Sunday and tied the Central League record.  The NPB record of six was set by Daiei's Yusuke Torigoe on April 18, 2001. Source: Sponichi 5/5/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani hit an inside-the-park home run on Monday.  It was the first inside-the-park home run since Hideto Asamura on August 3, 2013 and first Yokohama Inside-the-park home run since Katsuaki Furuki on June 13, 2006. Source: Daily Sports 5/5/2014
  • Kohei Mantani struggled with his control on Monday (1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 WP, 2 R, 2 ER against Hiroshima) and will be sent down to Ni-gun for more work.  It was his second outing in as many days.  Mantani told reporters he prepared himself as a starter at Ni-gun and was not used to pitching on back-to-back days, let alone in relief. Source: Sponichi 5/5/2014