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[9/16/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 4:06 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants suffered their second shutout loss in a row on Monday. The last time they recorded two or more consecutive shutout losses was in 2012 (three straight games, April 5-7). Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Katsuhiko Kumon's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 3,000 grams, on the 13th at a hospital in Hyogo. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Team president Nobuo Minami told reporters on Tuesday that they were planning to offer Yutaka Wada a contract for the 2015 season because "managers were not something that should be changed easily." He also added that the team had to perform within reasonable expectations. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014
  • Takashi Toritani's personal record for most trips to the plate without a hit was twenty-four, set between September 5, 2012 and September 11, 2012. He avoided tying his record by two with a single to center during his third trip to the plate in the 7th inning of Monday's game against the Yakult Swallows. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Araki became the seventeenth player in NPB history to reach 350 stolen bases on Tuesday. Araki and Morimichi Takagi (369) are the only players in franchise history with 350 or more stolen bases. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014 ... Araki also became just the third player in NPB history with at least 250 sac hits and 350 or more stolen bases. Source: Sanspo 9/16/2014
  • The Dragons dropped their fifth straight against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Monday. It was their first five-game losing streak against Yokohama since 1998. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani blasted his third lead-off home run of the month on Monday (September 9, 10, and 15) and became the first player in franchise history to hit three lead-off home runs in one month since Shozo Shigematsu in June 1964. Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2014, Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Tony Blanco hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run on Monday against the Chunichi Dragons. It was the eighth pinch-hit walk-off home run in franchise history, first since Masakuni Odajima on July 18, 2003. It was also the fourth pinch-hit walk-off home run by a foreign player in Central League history. The other three: Hal Breeden on September 14, 1977; Glenn Davis on May 1, 1996; and Mark Johnson on July 8, 1999. Monday's game was the seventeenth in Central League history where a team began with a lead-off home run and ended with a walk-off home run, first since Yomiuri on July 30. It was the fourth time the Bay Stars accomplished the feat in franchise history. The other three times: against Hiroshima on April 8, 1961; against Hiroshima on April 22, 2007; and against Seibu on June 21, 2008. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014 ... Blanco recorded the third walk-off home run and second pinch-hit home run of his career on Monday. Source: Sanspo 9/16/2014
  • The front office is fairly happy with the team's performance under Kiyoshi Nakahata so far this season. They have not set any hard goals for an extension for Nakahata and will wait a little longer to see how things turn out before discussing 2015. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Norihiro Nakamura wants to play for a team that needs him and is thinking about exercising his FA option. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014 ... Yokohama GM Shigeru Takada is planning to meet Nakamura to discuss plans for 2015. Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2014, Sports Hochi 9/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows could name Ichi-gun hitting coach Mitsuru Manaka their new manager as early as the 18th. Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2014
  • If Wladimir Balentien needs surgery to treat his left Achilles, he will most likely require five to six months for a full recovery. He will be going to North Carolina for his tests. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014