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[7/11/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.12, 2015 @ 5:05 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Ibata broke the team's high-velocity pitching machine when he hit a ball back up the middle that hit the machine's pitching arm. Source: Sanpso 7/11/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • On July 10 against the Yomiuri Giants, Matt Murton hit a single to left during his at in the 2nd inning. The hit was the 952nd of his NPB career and put him in sole possession of fifth on the Central League's all-time hit list for foreign players. He started the day tied for fifth with Warren Cromartie. Source: Daily Sports 7/11/2015, Sponichi 7/11/2015
  • Naomasa Yokawa hit a foul ball during a Ni-gun game against Orix on July 10 that cleared the protective netting at Naruohama and hit a glass light fixture beyond the bullpen on the third base side. Glass shards fell and hit a car that was parked beneath it. The car belonged to Satoshi Komatsu, the Orix pitcher that threw the ball to Yokawa. Hanshin's accident insurance will cover the damages. Source: Daily Sports 7/11/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/11/2015, Sanspo 7/11/2015
  • Randy Messenger has struck out 100 or more hitters in five consecutive seasons. The last Hanshin pitcher to accomplish the feat was Kei Igawa (2001-2006, six consecutive seasons). The last foreign Hanshin pitcher was Gene Bacque (1965-1968, four consecutive seasons). The franchise record for most consecutive 100 or more strikeout seasons is twelve, set by Minoru Murayama (1959-1970). The NPB record of sixteen consecutive seasons was set by Masaichi Kaneda. Source: Sanspo 7/11/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda's next start could come on four days of rest on July 15 against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 7/11/2015
  • Jesus Guzman temporarily returned to the United States on July 11 to renew passports for his family. He will return to Japan on July 17. Source: Daily Sports 7/11/2015

Chunichi Dragons

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada became the first player in franchise history to hit a home run in his first at bat as a clean-up hitter since Doug DeCinces on April 8, 1988 and the first Japan player in franchise history since Hideaki Miyahara on May 13, 1970. Source: Sanspo 7/11/2015