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[5/6/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on May.06, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Nobutaka Imamura joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Tuesday.  He could get Thursday's start against Yokohama at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sanpso 5/6/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano joined Eiji Sawamura (six wins in 1936 fall), Victor Starffin (eleven wins in 1938 spring), Suguru Egawa (six wins in 1984), and Masaki Saito (eight wins in 1990) as the only pitchers in franchise history to start seasons with six consecutive victories, beginning on opening day. Source: Sanspo 5/6/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • No place like home: Randy Messenger is 16-22 with a 3.90 ERA on the road and 25-14 with a 2.28 ERA at home. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/6/2014
  • The Tigers are looking into Tsuyoshi Wada and Shunsuke Watanabe as possible options to help bolster their pitching staff. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/6/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp had sole possession of first place on Children's Day (May 5) for the first time since 1998. Source: Sponichi 5/6/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei and Takahiro Araki each hit two home runs on Monday.  The last time two or more Yakult players went yard at least twice in one game was on July 11, 2007: Hiroyasu Tanaka, Aaron Guiel, and Alex Ramirez (two a piece).  The last time two or more Japanese Yakult players hit at least two home runs in one game was on April 7, 1999: Takahiro Ikeyama and Satoshi Takahashi (two each). Source: Sanspo 5/6/2014
  • About 500 fans attended Entaro's farewell ceremony on Monday. Source: Sponichi 5/6/2014