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[5/12/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on May.13, 2014 @ 2:03 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger tossed his second 1-0 shutout of the season on Sunday and became the first Hanshin pitcher to record two or more 1-0 shutouts in a season since Kenji Furusawa in 1974 (May 12 vs Yakult and June 22 vs Yomiuri); the first Hanshin pitcher to accomplish the feat in consecutive games starts at Koshien Stadium since Yutaka Enatsu in 1971 (September 27 vs Hiroshima and October 2 vs Yakult); and the first foreign Hanshin pitcher since Gene Bacque in 1968 (July 9 vs Taiyo and July 14 vs Yomiuri). Source: Nikkan Sports 5/12/2014 ... Messenger became the first Hanshin pitcher to record a 1-0 shutout against the Giants since Kei Igawa on August 29, 2001.  He also became the first pitcher to record two 1-0 shutouts in one season since Yu Darvish in 2011 (June 1 vs Hanshin and June 8 vs Chunichi). Source: Sanspo 5/12/2014 ... Messenger became the first foreign pitcher to record a 1-0 shutout against the Giants since Wei-Ying Chen on August 17, 2011.  He joined Bacque and Peter Burnside (May 15, 1965) as the only Hanshin foreign pitchers to toss 1-0 shutouts against the Giants. Source: Sponichi 5/12/2014
  • Messenger, Atsushi Nomi, and Shintaro Fujinami will be the main pitchers in the starting rotation during Inter-league play.  Minoru Iwata, Daiki Enokida, and 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki will fill in as needed.  Iwazaki is also scheduled to make a start against Yokohama at Koshien on the 18th. Source: Sanspo 5/12/2014
  • Snowboarder Yuki Kadono is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against Yokohama at Koshien on the 18th as part of Red Bull X-Fighters Day. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

  • Bryan Bullington is 4-4 in eight starts this season -- 3-0 in three night starts and 1-4 in five day starts. Source: Daily Sports 5/12/2014
  • Ryosuke Kikuchi hit a grand slam on Sunday, his second in as many Mother's Day games (May 12, 2013 against Chunichi and May 11, 2014 against Chunichi). Source: Daily Sports 5/12/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are hoping to reach out to a larger audience by joining forces with Nakajima Racing.  The agreement between the two sides will allow each to tap into the other's market for exposure through various events and tie-ups, like the Dragons logo appearing on Nakajima race cars, Daola making special appearances at race events, and Satoru Nakajima throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Nagoya Dome. Source: official announcement

Yakult Swallows

  • 4th round draft pick Keiji Iwahashi will be added to the active roster.  He was used primarily as a starter at Ni-gun, but will most likely pitch out of the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/12/2014
  • Chris Carpenter was taken off the active roster on Monday after a rough game on Sunday against the Yokohama Bay Stars -- the three consecutive walks he issued in the bottom of the 10th set the stage for the team's third walk-off loss of the season and fourth loss in a row. Source: Sponichi 5/12/2014