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[7/7/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.07, 2014 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Fuminori Yokogawa (29) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Saitama. Source: official announcement
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi drove in his thirteenth run as a pinch-hitter during Sunday's game against the Chunichi Dragons and joined Kenji Yano (fifteen in 2007, sixteen in 2013), Noriyoshi Omichi (sixteen in 2008), and Yoshihito Ishii (thirteen in 2012) as the only Yomiuri players since 2000 to record thirteen or more RBIs in a season as a pinch-hitter.  The franchise high of eighteen was set by Masahiro Yanagida in 1976. Source: Sanspo 7/7/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kazuyuki Kaneda tossed two shutout innings in relief on Sunday and could get a shot at a start on the 10th against Hiroshima at Koshien. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/7/2014
  • Takashi Toritani moved into a sixth place tie with Masayuki Kakefu on the franchise's all-time list for modashos (since the two-league format began) with 106 on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 7/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/7/2014
  • Naoto Tsuru will most likely be taken off the active roster after a disappointing start on Sunday: three innings, forty-eight pitches, four hits, two strikeouts, one walk, one run (earned).  Ryota Arai could get called up. Source: Sanspo 7/7/2014
  • Possible starters for the next two series - Hiroshima series beginning on the 8th at Koshien: Minoru Iwata, Shintaro Fujinami, Hiroaki Saiuchi; Yomiuri series beginning on the 11th at Tokyo Dome: Randy Messenger, 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki, Atushi Nomi.  Messenger could get another start before the All-Star break on four days of rest on the 16th against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome. Source: Sanspo 7/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada and Yuhei visited an elementary school in Shibuya on Monday.  When one of the kids asked Yamada if he wanted to play in the Majors, he replied, "I'm not really thinking about that right now.  I'm not really good with English and I want to do well in Japan." Source: Sanspo 7/7/2014
  • Team store number two will open in Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku at 12:00pm on the 21st. Source: official announcement