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[5/31/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jun.01, 2014 @ 2:40 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara's father, Mitsugu, died of heart failure at a hospital in Sagamihara, Kanagawa at 10:40pm on May 29.  He was seventy-nine. Source: official announcement ... T. Hara will continue to manage the team through at least June 4. Source: Sponichi 5/31/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Atsushi Nomi struck out ten against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Saturday.  It was his third straight start with ten or more strikeouts.  He became the third pitcher in franchise history to strikeout ten or more in three or more consecutive starts.  The other two: Yutaka Enatsu (twice in 1968 and four games in a row in 1971) and Kei Igawa in 2006. Source: Daily Sports 5/31/2014
  • Mauro Gomez started growing out his facial hair about two weeks ago.  He told reporters on Friday that he does not plan on shaving it until he reaches a baseball-related goal.  When asked what the goal was, he said, "Just assume I reached it when I shave it off.  I think it might take about a month."  Matt Murton also appears to be growing his beard, but whether or not he is involved is uncertain. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/31/2014, Sponichi 5/31/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • 4th round draft pick Tomoya Mikami set a new franchise record for rookies by saving his seventh game of the month on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 5/31/2014 ... The previous record of six was set by Atsushi Kizuka in September 2000.  The NPB record of nine was set by Chunichi pitcher Tsuyoshi Yoda in June 1990. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/31/2014
  • Tomo Otosaka became the fifty-seventh player in NPB history (twenty-ninth in Central League history) to hit a home run in their first career plate appearance on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 5/31/2014, Sports Hochi 5/31/2014
  • Yuki Kuniyoshi is slated to start a game against Nippon Ham at Yokohama on June 7. Guillermo Moscoso will mostly likely be taken off the active roster.  Kuniyoshi could slide into Moscoso's spot in the rotation. Source: Daily Sports 5/31/2014Daily Sports 5/31/2014, Sponichi 5/31/2014