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[9/18/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Sep.19, 2014 @ 2:57 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura was pulled after giving up four runs in an inning of work on Wednesday. Since he threw only thirty-two pitches, his next start is scheduled to come on three days of rest on the 21st against Yakult at Tokyo Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014, Sponichi 9/18/2014
  • The Giants have recorded nine pinch-hit home runs this season: Federich Cepeda (three), Yoshinobu Takahashi (two), Jose Lopez (one), Fuminori Yokogawa (one), and Taishi Ota (one). They are two pinch-hit home runs from tying the franchise high of eleven, set in 1984 and 2003. Ota notched the first pinch-hit home run of his career on Wednesday. He was 1-for-15 with one RBI, six strikeouts, and two walks in prior pinch-hit opportunities. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014
  • Tetsuya Matsumoto (right hand) is scheduled to suit up for Friday's Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Hiratsuka. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014
  • The Ni-gun Giants are in the middle of a thirteen-game losing streak (0-13-2). They are one loss away from tying the Eastern League record, set by Sankei in 1965. The players were supposed to get the day off on Thursday, but were instead required to run for about two hours (excluding foreign players and injured players). Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Team president Nobuo Minami, director Eiichi Takano, and general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura met on Wednesday to discuss plans for the 2015 season. The meeting lasted about two hours and likely covered things like draft prospects and free agents. A decision on Yutaka Wada will most likely come after the Climax Series. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014 ... Senior manager director Keiichi Yotsufuji also attended the meeting on Wednesday. Their top priority during the off-season might be Chihiro Kaneko (if he decides to exercise his FA option). Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014
  • Ryota Arai (lower back) workouts at Naruohama on Wednesday included running and playing catch. The Tigers are hoping he will be ready for the Climax Series. Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda's next start will most likely come on five days of rest on the 21st against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are interested in exploring the free agent market during the off-season. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014 ... Chihiro Kaneko and Hiroyuki Nakajima are potential targets of interest. Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura could get another start during the Hiroshima series that begins on the 23rd at Jingu. Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014