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[5/10/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on May.10, 2014 @ 4:26 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara told reporters on Friday that his father, Mitsugu, appeared to be getting better. Source: Daily Sports 5/9/2014
  • Shinnosuke Abe recorded his 332nd career home run on Thursday.  That tied Hideki Matsui for fourth on Yomiuri's all-time list.  Sadaharu Oh (868), Shigeo Nagashima (444), and Tatsunori Hara (382) hold the top three spots. ... Abe notched his first five-RBI game on Thursday since August 4, 2012. Source: Sanspo 5/9/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Minoru Iwata is scheduled to make his next start on the 14th against Hiroshima. Source: Daily Sports 5/9/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Toshiya Okada will most likely get another start despite his fourth loss in a row on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/9/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tokyo Sports wonders which coach Norihiro Nakamura was referring to in his Facebook post.  Based on information they collected, they list two possibilities: Masaaki Koike and Toshifumi Baba. Source: Tokyo Sports 5/9/2014 ... Nakamura reportedly met General Manager Shigeru Takada at a Yokohama hotel on Thursday night.  Nakamura may have been told that he was needed, that the Facebook incident would be disregarded, and that he would return to the active roster in the minimum ten days.  The organization may have had a change of heart out of fear of fan backlash based on messages posted by fans at their Facebook page.  However, whether or not this will be enough for Nakamura is uncertain.  The contract he signed for the 2014 season may have included performance bonuses based on playing time.  Depending on viewpoint, some of the decisions Yokohama has made up to now on Nakamura could be seen as attempts to keep him from reaching the requirements to earn the bonuses.  If the two sides continue to have problems, the Bay Stars might try to trade him.  A number of teams are said to be interested. Source: Tokyo Sports 5/9/2014 ... The Bay Stars are not planning to penalize Nakamura for this latest incident.  He is scheduled to play in a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on the 13th. Source: Daily Sports 5/9/2014 ... Nakamura reported to Ni-gun Yokosuka on Friday.  He told reporters he wanted to put the incident behind him and did not want to talk about it anymore.  Source: Sponichi 5/9/2014