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[6/24/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jun.24, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano is currently scheduled to make his next start on nine days of rest on July 1 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium.  He could have started a game on six days of rest on the 28th against Yakult, but he will instead get a few more days to prepare.  Sugano has been getting a lot of starts on five days of rest this season.  He leads both leagues with 105 innings pitched. Source: Sponichi 6/24/2014
  • According to Sanspo, the Giants sent an official to Cuba in search for a pitcher.  It could be someone for this season or next. Source: Sanspo 6/24/2014
  • Frederich Cepeda and Leslie Anderson, with help from the Yomiuri Giants, will donate baseball equipment to youth players in Cuba. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Tuesday.  His next Ichi-gun start could come on the 28th against Chunichi. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014
  • The six-man starting rotation will most likely be, not necessarily in this order, Atsushi Nomi, Randy Messenger, Shintaro Fujinami, Minoru Iwata, Takumi Akiyama, and Iwazaki.  Daiki Enokida will most likely pitch out of the bullpen, but could get starts against the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014 ... The order could go: Messenger, Iwazaki, Fujinami during the Chunichi series that begins on the 27th and Nomi, Akiyama, Messenger for the series against Yakult that begins on July 1.  Enokida could see a start during the Yomiuri series that begins on the 11th. Source: Sanspo 6/24/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yudai Ono could make his next start on the 27th against Hanshin at Koshien. Source: Sponichi 6/24/2014
  • Ice-skater Mai Asada will be a Dragons' cheer leader for a day when Chunichi takes on Hanshin at Nagoya Dome on July 14. Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Eighty-four-year-old Chie Kaminakabeppu is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against Hanshin at Yokohama on July 6. Kaminakabeppu made a name for herself when she enrolled in Kawasaki Municipal Takatsu High School (part-time courses) at the age of seventy-nine.  She was a member of the school's rubber baseball team and even got the chance to play in a game in left field in 2013.  She graduated from the high school in March this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014