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[5/30/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on May.30, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi recorded his twentieth Inter-league victory on Thursday.  He became the fifth pitcher in NPB history to record twenty or more Inter-league wins and the first pitcher to record all twenty wins against Pacific League teams. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014 ... Utsumi is 8-1 lifetime against the Rakuten Eagles.  No other pitcher has more than six Inter-league wins against any one team -- Yoshihisa Naruse against Yomiuri and Masaru Takeda against Nippon Ham each have six victories. Source: Sponichi 5/30/2014
  • The Giants have hit four grand slams so far this year: Jose Lopez (March 30), Leslie Anderson (April 22, May 7), and Frederich Cepeda (May 29).  The only other time three foreign players hit grand slams in the same season for the same team was in 1980: Jim Tyrone, Taylor Duncan, and Steve Ontiveros for Seibu. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014
  • Cepeda's grand slam on Thursday was the first hit he recorded from the right side of the plate (twelfth plate appearance) since his arrival in Japan. Source: Sponichi 5/30/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded his 1,500th career hit on Thursday.  He became the 115th player in NPB history to reach the milestone, and the eighth in franchise history.  At thirty-two years and eleven months, he is the eighteenth youngest player to achieve the feat. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014 ... Of the the past seven in franchise history, six were Hanshin lifers: Taira Fujita, Yoshio Yoshida, Yutaka Wada, Fumio Fujimura, Masayuki Kakefu, and Masayasu Kaneda.  Akinobu Mayumi started his career with the Lions before a trade put him in a Hanshin uniform. Source: Sanspo 5/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Rainel Rosario took some grounders at third base during practices at Mazda Stadium on Friday.  He has played third a number of times at Ni-gun, but his primary position is the outfield.  Kenjiro Nomura told reporters Rosario was just taking fielding practice. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014
  • The Carp became the first team to record thirty victories in the Central League on Thursday for the first time since 2000. Source: Sponichi 5/30/2014 ... The Carp have been the first to thirty victories in the Central League ten times.  They went on to win the CL in 1975, 1980, 1984, and 1986. Source: Sanspo 5/30/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura joined Ichi-gun workouts at Yokohama Stadium on Friday.  He is scheduled to start a game against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome on June 4. Source: Sports Hochi 5/30/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014
  • Hiroyuki Shirasaki entered Thursday's game against Softbank as a pinch-runner in the 10th before recording a walk-off hit in the 11th.  Earlier in the day, he played in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten -- he got the start at short and went 1-for-4 with a walk.
  • The Bay Stars played their third consecutive extra-inning game on Thursday.  They went 2-1 in the three games; Shuichi Osada was the pitcher on record for all three games.  It was the eighth time the Bay Stars played three straight extra-inning games, first since 1996 (May 15-17).  They went 1-2 in 1996.  It was the fourth time they played three extra-inning games in a row and recorded more wins than losses, first since 1983 when they went 2-1 (September 17-19).  Osada and Noboru Akiyama are the only two pitchers in franchise history to pitch in three straight extra-inning games and win at least two of them (Akiyama did it in 1960 and 1962). Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014 ... The win on Thursday was the third walk-off victory of the month, a first since September 2007.  Wednesday's game ran five hours and twenty-one minutes.  Thursday's game lasted four hours and forty-four minutes.  It was the first time a two-game Inter-league series game ran over ten hours.  The previous record of nine hours and thirty-one minutes was set in 2013 between Lotte and Chunichi (June 15, 16). Source: Sponichi 5/30/2014
  • Yulieski Gourriel lost five kilograms when he was in Japan for the World Baseball Classic last year (about two week period). Source: Sports Hochi 5/30/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Former Swallow Itsuki Shoda signed with the Ehime Mandarin Pirates of the Shikoku Island League plus.  Ehime is planning to hold a press conference for Shoda on June .3. Source: official announcement