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[8/21/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.22, 2014 @ 2:44 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants announced that they invited Carlos Soto from Cuba to be a trainee coach.  He arrived in Japan on Thursday and will begin working with players at Ni-gun. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

  • When Brad Eldred is ready to return to the active roster, the Carp could opt to keep Rainel Rosario over Kila Ka'aihue, mostly because Rosario gives the team more defensive flexibility. Source: ZakZak 8/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata and team president Jun Ikeda took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday after they were challenged by Daisuke Miura. Source: Daily Sports 8/21/2014
  • The Bay Stars are scheduled to play three-games against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien beginning on September 2.  If any of the games are rained out, they may have to play a double-header when the two meet up for the last time at Koshien on the 30th.  It would be the first double-header between the two teams at Koshien since 1989.  More double-headers could be required depending on whether or not any more games are rained out.  There is also a chance the Bay Stars will not play out a full season if there is not enough time. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien became the 160th player in NPB history to hit 150 home runs during Thursday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  The milestone home run came in the 6th off Hirokazu Sawamura.  Balentien also became the fourth quickest to 150 home runs by recording the home run in his 463rd career game.  The three players ahead of him: Alex Cabrera (380th game), Ralph Bryant (424th game), and Randy Bass (433rd game). Source: Sports Hochi 8/21/2014. Daily Sports 8/21/2014, Asahi Shimbun 8/21/2014