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[4/3/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.04, 2015 @ 6:06 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe got the start at catcher during a game against Hanshin on April 3. He will probably see some playing time at catcher after Ryoji Aikawa hurt his right hamstring during a game against Chunichi on April 2. Source: Sponichi 4/3/2015
  • Former Giant Tatsuyoshi Watanabe (Yasuhara) died at a hospital in Tokyo on April 1 at 10:20am. He was seventy-nine. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/3/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Junki Ito joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on April 3. He could get a start on April 5 against Hiroshima at Nagoya Dome. Source: Sanspo 4/3/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada has recorded one grand slam in three consecutive seasons: October 6, 2013 against Hiroshima at Mazda; October 6, 2014 against Yokohama at Jingu; April 3, 2015 against Hanshin at Jingu. Only four other players in franchise history haven managed to hit grand slams in three or more consecutive seasons: Takahiro Ikeyama (1991-1993, three years), Alex Ramirez (2001-2004, four years), Norichika Aoki (2006-2008, three years), and Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (2010-2013, four years). Source: Sanspo 4/3/2015