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[6/14/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jun.15, 2014 @ 2:34 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • The players, coaches, and staff held a dinner rally at a yakiniku restaurant in Senadi on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 6/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome played in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Friday.  He got the start in right and batted fifth.  He went 0-for-2 with a walk. Source: Sanspo 6/14/2014 ... Fukudome went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts during Saturday's Ni-gun game against Softbank.
  • More from Friday's stockholders meeting -- Some stockholders expressed dissatisfaction with the team's focus on free agents instead of the farm system, a concern that was also voiced in 2012.  Others were unhappy with Yutaka Wada's management style. Source: Sanspo 6/14/2014, Sanspo 6/14/2014 ... Three issues were brought up by stockholders: Fukudome's position on the team; Wada's management style; and organization's long-term plans (talent). Source: Sponichi 6/14/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • A large banner featuring Yulieski Gourriel will appear on the Yokohama Takashimaya building, beginning on the 18th.  Smaller ads will also appear on trains and buses in the Yokohama area. Source: Sanspo 6/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Akinori Iwamura tied an NPB record by hitting four doubles in Saturday's game against Nippon Ham. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014 ... Iwamura became the eleventh player in NPB history to hit four doubles in one game, first since Yoshio Itoi in 2010. Source: Sponichi 6/14/2014