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[9/7/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.07, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Dengue Fever: The Giants prepared four cans of insect repellent (two spray types and two mist types) for their players on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 9/7/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Breakdown of runs per inning for Shintaro Fujinami this season: 1st inning - thirteen runs, 2nd inning - thirteen runs, 3rd inning - twelve runs, 4th inning - two runs, 5th inning - three runs, 6th inning - nine runs, 7th inning - eleven runs, 8th inning - eight runs, 9th inning - zero runs. He has given up runs in the 1st inning nine times and in the 2nd inning eight times this season. He has given up 1st inning runs in six out of seven post-All-Star break starts. Source: Sponichi 9/7/2014 ... Prior to Saturday's loss, Fujinami was 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in three starts at Nagoya Dome this year. He went 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in three Nagoya Dome starts last year. Source: Sanspo 9/7/2014
  • Free agent pitchers the Tigers are interested in: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Chichiro Kaneko (Orix), Yoshihisa Hirano (Orix). Source: Sanspo 9/7/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera struck out ten and tossed a complete game 1-0 shutout over the Yokohama Bay Stars on Saturday. He became the fifteenth rookie in franchise history to toss a shutout victory in his first year, first since Hiroki Kuroda (June 3) and Toshikazu Sawazaki (October 7) in 1997; the sixth rookie in franchise history to record a 1-0 shutout victory in his first year, first since Shinji Sasaoka on October 13, 1990; the second rookie in franchise history to toss a shutout and strike out ten or more hitters in his first year, first since Tsunemi Tsuda struck out twelve on June 2, 1982; and the first rookie in franchise to record a 1-0 shutout victory and strike out ten or more hits in his first year. Daisuke Matsuzaka was the last rookie in the NPB to toss a 1-0 shutout victory and strike out ten or more in his first year (April 27, 1999, ten strikeouts). Source: Sponichi 9/7/2014, Sanspo 9/7/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai picked up his tenth victory of the year on Saturday and at thirty-six, became the oldest pitcher to record his first double-digit win season. The previous record of thirty-five was set by Yoshitaka Katori in 1992. The Dragons will most likely offer Yamai a multiple-year deal in an attempt to keep him from leaving via free agency. Source: Sports Hochi 9/7/2014
  • Doala signed a special one-day Kokumin Kyosai (accident insurance) agreement as part of a PR event for Zenryosai on Sunday. If he gets hurt while doing a back-flip, the policy will pay up to a year's worth of his salary (in his case, bread). Source: Sports Hochi 9/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada set a new franchise record for hits in a season by a Japanese right-handed hitter with his double in the 2nd inning of Sunday's game against the Yomiuri Giants. He recorded two more hits and now leads both leagues with 167 hits. Source: Sponichi 9/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014
  • Wladimir Balentien blasted his thirtieth home run of the season on Sunday and became the first foreign player to record at least thirty home runs in four consecutive seasons, beginning with his first year, since Tyrone Woods (2003-2008). Source: Sponichi 9/7/2014

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