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[7/4/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Hiroshima Carp

by on Jul.05, 2014 @ 4:05 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Starters for the Chunichi series that began on Friday (July 4): Kan Otake, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and Hirokazu Sawamura. Source: Sponichi 7/4/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takumi Akiyama's start against Yakult on Thursday was rained out.  His next shot might come on the 10th against Hiroshima at Koshien.  Possible starters for the Yokohama series that began Friday (July 4): Randy Messenger, 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki, and Naoto Tsuru. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/4/2014, Sponichi 7/4/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi is trying a pair of Nike HyperVenom (soccer) cleats.  Source: Sanspo 7/4/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Shinji Tajima tied an NPB record during Friday's game against the Yomiuri Giants by hitting three batters in a row in the 7th inning.  Takuya Mochizuki (Lotte) set the record on May 12, 1979 against Nippon Ham. Source: Sanspo 7/4/2014, Jiji Press 7/4/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda could get starts on the 10th against Hanshin at Koshien and the 16th against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 7/4/2014
  • Daichi Osera has gotten tips on how to throw a different kind of slider from Maeda. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/4/2014