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[7/14/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.15, 2015 @ 4:20 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

  • Potential starters for the Yomiuri series that begins on July 20: Minoru Iwata, Randy Messenger, and Atsushi Nomi. Shintaro Fujimani could get a during the Yomiuri series over Nomi, but will most likely be pushed back to the Yokohama series that begins on July 24. Takumi Akiyama and Suguru Iwazaki are candidates for starts during the Yokohama series. Akiyama and Iwazaki are scheduled to join Ichi-gun workouts beginning on July 17. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2015
  • Akira Iwamoto joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Koshien on July 14. He could be added to the active roster to help bolster the bullpen. Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2015
  • The team hotel in Tokyo had electrical problems on July 12. Elevators were not working and players were advised to wait until the power came back online. Matt Murton and Mauro Gomez did not want to wait and decided to take the stairs up to the thirty-second floor, where their rooms were located. It apparently took the two players about ten minutes to climb 990 steps. Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2015
  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama could start the Fresh All-Star game for the Western League on July 16. Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2015
  • Former Tiger Choei Shirasaka died of an illness at a hospital in Nishinomiya on July 8. He was ninety-two-years-old. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Rafael Perez participated in practices before the Yakult game on July 14. Source: Sports Hochi 7/14/2015
  • The Dragons announced on July 14 that they terminated Ikusei pitcher Leandro Mella's contract. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on July 13: Duane Below started the game and gave up a run (unearned) over three innings of work. He faced fourteen hitters, allowed one hit, walked three, and struck out two. He could make his Ichi-gun debut before the end of the month. Source: Sanspo 7/14/2015
  • The first two hitters in the line-up against Yomiuri on July 13, Takayuki Kajitani and Keijiro Matsumoto, got the offense started with back-to-back home runs. It was the thirty-eighth time in NPB history the first two or more hitters in the line-up, beginning with the lead-off man, hit home runs in consecutive at bats. It was the fifth time the feat was accomplished in franchise history, first since June 1, 2005 (Takuro Ishii and Masaaki Koike vs Rakuten at Yokohama). Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2015, Sponichi 7/14/2015