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[5/25/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on May.26, 2015 @ 7:45 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ni-gun game against Seibu on May 24: Juan Francisco started at first and batted clean-up. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI and three strikeouts. He also committed three errors. Kazuma Okamoto got the start at third and batted fifth. He went 1-for-4 with two RBI. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/24/2015
  • Hayato Sakamoto's situational batting averages so far this season - none on: 13-for-80; runner on first: 3-for-14; and runner's in scoring position: 13-for-41. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/24/2015
  • Hayato Takagi joined Ritsuo Horimoto (eleven in 1960) as the only rookies in franchise history to win at least six games before the end of May. Source: Sponichi 5/25/2015
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi moved into fourteenth on the all-time list on May 23 with 2,121 career strikeouts. Source: Sponichi 5/24/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun game against Rakuten on May 23: Randy Messenger started the game and gave up one earned run over five innings of work. He faced eighteen, allowed two hits, walked one, struck out six, and topped out at 151km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2015
  • Mario Santiago could make his Ichi-gun Koshien debut on May 28 against Rakuten. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/25/2015
  • Randy Messenger could get an Ichi-gun start on May 29 against Seibu. Source: Sanspo 5/24/2015
  • Hayata Ito recorded the organization's 300th pinch-hit home run on May 24. Source: Daily Sports 5/25/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh missed the Yokohama games on May 23 and 24 because he was not feeling well. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/25/2015, Sponichi 5/23/2015, Sponichi 5/24/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi started taking supplements this year to improve his weight-training program. He managed to gain about 2.5 kilograms since February. Source: Daily Sports 5/24/2015
  • On May 20, Shintaro Fujinami joined Yutaka Enatsu (1968 against Chunichi, 1970 against Hiroshima) as the only pitchers in franchise history to toss a 1-0 shutout while recording at least one strikeout in every inning of the game. Eight pitchers, including Fujinami, have accomplished the feat in NPB history, the last was Koji Uehara (Yomiuri) on June 30, 2005 against Yakult. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/21/2015, Sponichi 5/21/2015 ... In addition to Fuijnami, only two other pitchers have tossed a shutout against the Yomiuri Giants while recording at least one strikeout in every inning of the game: Hiromu Matsuoka, 1-0 on September 2, 1979 and Yutaka Ono, 4-0 on June 29, 1989. Source: Sanspo 5/21/2015
  • The Tigers got in touch with Kyuji Fujikawa's agent over the phone to check on the pitcher's availability and status. No offers were exchanged. Source: Sponichi 5/25/2015, Sports Hochi 5/25/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are planning to make some roster changes. Ryosuke Oguma, Yuta Muto, Daisuke Sobue, and Yusuke Matsui were taken off the active roster on May 25. Candidates for the active roster include Katsuki Matayoshi, Tomoya Yagi, Shunta Wakamatsu, and Kazuhiro Wada. Source: Daily Sports 5/25/2015
  • Yudai Ono's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 3,370 grams, on May 20 at 6:54pm. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/21/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Seven Yokohama players were first to ten home runs in the Central League five times: Noboru Aota in 1956, Takeshi Kuwata in 1961, Isao Ito in 1969, Tomio Tashiro in 1977, Glenn Braggs in 1994, Tony Blanco in 2013, and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo in 2015. Five of the seven were Japanese. Of the five Japanese players, Tsutsugo is the only left-handed hitter. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2015
  • Three Yokohama pitchers have been tossed for throwing dangerous pitches this season: Shun Yamaguchi on April 4, Yasutomo Kubo on May 19, and Yasuaki Yamasaki on May 24. Three pitchers have been tossed for throwing dangerous pitches in one season two other times in franchise history: 2002 and 2012. One more ejection for throwing a dangerous pitch will set a new single-season franchise record. Source: Sponichi 5/25/2015 ... Y. Yamasaki visited the Hanshin clubhouse after the game on May 24 to apologize for the dangerous pitch he threw at Hiroki Uemoto. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/24/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows set a new franchise record with their sixth straight extra inning victory on May 21. The previous record of five was set in 1962, 1993, and 2003. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2015

[5/25/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on May.26, 2015 @ 7:39 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks and Buffaloes set a YafuOku Dome record for home runs in a game with eight on May 21 (four each). The previous high of seven was set by Daiei and Orix on September 3, 2000. Source: Sponichi 5/21/2015
  • Edison Barrios extended his hold streak to seventeen games on May 20 and tied the NPB record set by Kyuji Fujikawa in 2005. Source: Sponichi 5/20/2015 ... Barrios' hold streak ended at seventeen on May 22. Source: Sponichi 5/23/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko has given up three grand slams: Tsuyoshi Shinjo on April 18, 2006, Yoshinobu Takahshi on May 16, 2012, and Ikuhiro Kiyota May 13, 2015. Source: Sponichi 5/24/2015
  • The Buffaloes announced on May 24 that they were swapping Ichi-gun and Ni-gun battery coaches. Ni-gun battery coach Fumihiro Suzuki will head to Ichi-gun, Daisuke Maeda will head to Ni-gun. Source: official announcement
  • Tatsuya Sato visited the Lotte dugout during pre-game practices on May 23 to apologize to Toshiaki Imae for the dangerous pitch he threw on May 22. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2015
  • Hiroshi Moriwaki met with team officials Ryuzo Setoyama and Shosaku Yokota for about an hour after a Lotte game on May 23 at Kyocera Dome. Moriwaki also held a meeting with players that lasted about thirty minutes. Source: Daily Sports 5/24/2015, Sponichi 5/24/2015
  • The commissioner's office issued Yuki Miyazaki a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine for his ejection on May 24. Source: Sponichi 5/25/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani will most likely be used as a bat off the bench during the Yakult series that begins on May 26. Source: Daily Sports 5/25/2015
  • Haruki Nishikawa blasted the first grand slam of his career during a game against Softbank on May 23. Nishikawa hit the grand slam on a 3-0 pitch and became the just the third player in the Pacific League to accomplish the feat. The other two players: Carmelo Martinez (Orix) on April 16, 1992 against Lotte and Julio Zuleta (Softbank) on August 26, 2006 against Seibu. Source: Spoinchi 5/24/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on May 20: first round draft pick Kona Takahashi started the game and gave up two runs (one earned) over six innings of work. He faced twenty-four hitters, threw 106 pitches, gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out five. Source: Sanspo 5/20/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ni-gun game against Hanshin on May 23: first round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku entered the game in the 6th and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He faced four hitters, walked one, struck out one, and topped out at 147km/h. Source: Daily Sports 5/24/2015, Sponichi 5/24/2015
  • On May 24, Yuki Matsui became the fourth pitcher out of high school in NPB history to record ten or more saves in his second year. The other three: Tatsuo Komatsu in 1979, Hisanobu Watanabe in 1985, Masafumi Hirai in 1995. Of the four pitchers, Matsui is the only lefty. Source:Nikkan Sports 5/25/2015, Sponichi 5/25/2015

NPB: Roster Changes for 5/25/2015

by on May.25, 2015 @ 5:01 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
YAK OF 71 M.デニング Dening, Mitch

Added to the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG

Removed from the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
HAN P 13 榎田 大樹 Enokida, Daiki
HAN P 17 岩貞 祐太 Iwasada, Yuta
HAN P 64 桑原 謙太朗 Kuwahara, Kentaro
HAN INF 32 新井 良太 Arai, Ryota
CHU P 25 武藤 祐太 Muto, Yuta
CHU P 33 祖父江 大輔 Sobue, Daisuke
CHU P 64 小熊 凌祐 Oguma, Ryosuke
CHU OF 56 松井 佑介 Matsui, Yusuke
YOK P 46 田中 健二朗 Tanaka, Kenjiro
YOK P 54 小杉 陽太 Kosugi, Yota
YAK OF 50 上田 剛史 Ueda, Tsuyoshi

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG

Removed from the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
SOF P 42 飯田 優也 Iida, Yuya
ORI C 23 伏見 寅威 Fushimi, Torai
HAM OF 7 J.ハーミッダ Hermida, Jeremy
LOT P 58 矢地 健人 Yachi, Kento


* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on June 4.