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[6/28/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jun.29, 2014 @ 1:27 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants are using alternate white caps during outdoor day practices as a way to keep their heads cool during the hotter summer months. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2014
  • All-Star Game: Fans voted for just one Giant for sixth time in franchise history, first since 2006.  Fans did not select any Yomiuri players in 1995 and 2003. Source: Sanspo 6/28/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama threw sixty-five pitches in the bullpen on Friday, twelve to a standing catcher, forty-four to a squatting catcher, and nine more to a standing catcher.  Takeshi Hidaka caught the session. Source: Sponichi 6/28/2014
  • Randy Messenger threw 145 pitches during his start against Chunichi on Friday.  His personal NPB high of 150 was set on September 17, 2013 against Hiroshima.  He also threw 146 pitches twice in the past, once on May 23, 2013 against Lotte and again on July 30, 2013 against Chunichi. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2014
  • Kosuke Fukudome may be running out of time to secure an everyday job, especially since the Tigers have a number of other younger options waiting in the wings.  His deadline might be the All-Star break. Source: Tokyo Sports 6/28/2014, ZakZak 6/28/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • All-Star Game: Fans selected a franchise high eight Carp to the All-Star roster.  The previous high of five was set in 2009.  Hanshin holds the record with nine in 2003. ... Ryuji Ichioka became the first player to win enough fan votes to make the All-Star roster in his first year after joining a team as free agency compensation. ... This was the first time three foreign players from the same team made the All-Star roster with fan votes.  Source: Daily Sports 6/28/2014 ... Eight or more players from one team were voted to the All-Star roster by fans five other times in the past: eight from Yomiuri in 1973, eight from Nippon Ham in 1978, nine from Hanshin in 2003, eight from Rakuten in 2007, eight from Nippon Ham in 2012.  Sanspo 6/28/2014 ... In addition to the three foreign Hiroshima players, fans voted for a total four foreign players in the Central League for the first time in NPB history. Source: Sponichi 6/28/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kenshin Kawakami pitched in a Ni-gun game against Orix on Friday.  He entered the game in the 7th and gave up five runs on nine hits over two innings of work.  It was his first outing in about three weeks. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars committed five errors during Friday's game against Hiroshima.  It was the first time they committed five errors in one game since August 26, 1971. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2014
  • Ikusei pitcher Kinta Imai will be on loan to the BC League's Gunma Diamond Pegasus through to the end of their season instead of until June 30. Source: Sanspo 6/28/2014

Other

  • According to ZakZak's Yoshifumi Ejiri, the NPB and the JPBPA have an agreement in place not to schedule double-headers. Source: ZakZak 6/28/2014