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[3/18/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.19, 2015 @ 4:27 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Ni-gun game against Lotte on March 18: Hisayoshi Chono recorded three hits: single to left in the 1st, RBI triple to right in the 5th, and a single to right in the 9th. He was replaced by a pinch-runner in the 9th. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/18/2015
  • Ni-gun game against Lotte on March 17: Third round draft pick Hayato Takagi started the game and did not allow a run over 6.1 innings of work. He gave up four hits, walked three, hit one, and struck out two. Source: Sponichi 3/18/2015
  • Hisayoshi Chono could join the Ichi-gun team in time for an exhibition game against Nippon Ham at Tokyo Dome on March 20. Source: Sponichi 3/18/2015
  • The Giants are expected to add Takahiko Nomaguchi to the seventy-man roster before the start of the regular season. Source: Sponichi 3/18/2015
  • Taeko Utsugi, vice president of the Japan Softball Association and executive member of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Atsushi Nomi could make his first regular season start on March 31 against Yakult at Jingu. He will most likely pitch in one more pre-season game: Ni-gun Ikusei game on March 25 against Nippon Shinyaku (Industrial League). Source: Sponichi 3/18/2015
  • Ryosuke Ogata had his right knee cleaned out in September last year. He is set to play in his first rehab game on March 25 (Ikusei game against Nippon Shinyaku). Source: Sanspo 3/18/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera could make his first regular season start on March 31 against Yokohama at Yokohama. Source: Sports Hochi 3/18/2015
  • Mike Zagurski is scheduled to rejoin the Ichi-gun team in time for an exhibition game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome on March 20. Source: Daily Sports 3/18/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino could make his first regular season start on March 31 against Hiroshima at Yokohama. Source: Daily Sports 3/18/2015
  • Taiki Sekine's cousin passed away on February 11 of a brainstem hemorrhage at the age of thirteen. Her condition steadily deteriorated after she was hospitalized in May 2014. Source: Sponichi 3/18/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Tony Barnette will most likely start the year at closer. There is a good chance first round draft pick Shingo Takeshita will make the opening day roster. Source: Sponichi 3/18/2015