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[6/3/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Starts

by on Jun.04, 2014 @ 2:45 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • The offense was held to less than ten hits on Tuesday for its sixteenth consecutive game.  That tied a franchise record set in 1961 and 1971. Source: Sponichi 6/3/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yutaka Wada and Matt Murton met for about an hour at the team hotel before workouts at kobo Stadium on Monday to talk about what happened during Sunday's game.  Murton arrived at the stadium at around 4:10pm, about an hour after the start of practices. Source: Sports Hochi 6/3/2014 ... Murton might be a little irked with all the walks so far this year.  It may have also triggered his frustrations on Sunday. Source: ZakZak 6/3/2014 ... Tokyo Sports mentions two reasons why things might not get better for Murton: umpires, on a whole, have a slightly larger outer zone this year and that could be causing problems for him; and some umpires might be coming down harder on him when calling borderline pitches because of past ball/strike arguments. Source: Tokyo Sports 6/3/2014 ... Rice of Hope Project: Since last season, and with help from the 3.11 Iwate Church Network, Murton has been donating fifty kilograms of rice for every victory the team records to people that were displaced by the Tohoku earthquake. Source: Sponichi 6/3/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Pitching coach Yasuyuki Yamauchi is planning to take some of the pressure off Katsuhiro Nagakawa by using him when the team has a comfortable lead.  The Carp are hoping Nagakawa can make the necessary adjustments to regain his effectiveness without sending him down to Ni-gun. Source: Daily Sports 6/3/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shun Yamaguchi primarily relied on the fastball, fork, and slider when he pitched out of the bullpen.  During his start against Lotte on Sunday, he mixed in curves, shutos, and splitters (a new pitch he had been working on at Ni-gun). Source: ZakZak 6/3/2014