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[7/31/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Aug.01, 2014 @ 1:31 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi threw forty-nine pitches in the bullpen on Thursday.  He is scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Hiroshima Carp. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/31/2014
  • The Giants reassigned Ni-gun battery coach Shinji Hata to Ichi-gun battery coach.  Ikusei coach Kosuke Yoshihara will take over as the new Ni-gun battery coach. Source: official announcement
  • Tryouts will be held on September 21 at Giants Stadium in Kawasaki this year. Source: official announcement
  • The Giants started a game with a lead-off home run and ended a game with a walk-off home run on Wednesday: Hayato Sakamoto hit a lead-off home run in the bottom of the 1st and Yoshiyuki Kamei hit with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th.  The last team to accomplish a similar feat was Rakuten on September 19, 2010 (Ryo Hijirisawa and Yosuke Takasu).  The Giants have accomplished the feat three times before: May 17, 1949 (Shigeru Chiba and Tetsunosuke Fujiwara), September 21, 1960 (Tatsuro Hirooka and Sadaharu Oh), and July 6, 2003 (Takayuki Shimizu and Yoshinobu Takahashi). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/31/2014, Sanspo 7/31/2014, Sponichi 7/31/2014
  • Kamei has recorded four walk-off home runs over his career: April 25, 2009; August 4, 2009; August 8, 2009; and July 30, 2014. Source: Sponichi 7/31/2014
  • The Giants became the first team to win fifty games in the Central League this season on Wednesday.  It was the forty-first time (fifth in a row since 2010) the team made it to fifty victories before any other team in the league.  If was the thirtieth time (third in a row since 2012) they reached fifty within the first eighty-eight games of the season.  Tatsunori Hara joined Shigeru Mizuhara and Tetsuharu Kawakami as the only managers in franchise history to manage a team that won fifty games before any other team in the league five or more years in a row (Mizuhara five years between 1951 and 1955 and Kawakami seven years between 1965 and 1971). Source: Sanspo 7/31/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda (right elbow) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama on Wednesday.  He face eight hitters and gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out three.  He could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game on Friday. Source: Sanspo 7/31/2014
  • Kazuyuki Kaneda (right middle finger) resumed playing catch on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 7/31/2014
  • Through Thursday, Takashi Toritani has recorded twenty-one multi-hit games this season (401 in his career). Source: Sanspo 7/31/2014
  • The Tigers might be interested in Hiroyuki Nakajima.  They showed interest in him last winter, but backed off when he said he wanted to play in the US for at least one more year.  He could be an interesting option, especially if Toritani decides to head to the Majors.  However, their recent track record with Japanese players returning to Japan has not been very good. Source: ZakZak 7/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Deunte Heath is scheduled to make his Japan debut in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on August 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/31/2014
  • Two players have recorded five-hit games this season: Yoshihiro Maru on May 28 and Shota Dobayashi on July 30.  The last time two or more Carp recorded five-hit games in the same season was 2004: Shigenobu Shima, Andy Sheets, and Kenjiro Nomura. Source: Sponichi 7/31/2014