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[7/12/2014] Yomiuri Giants: Toshiya Sugiuchi becomes 22nd player to reach 2,000 strikeout milestone

by on Jul.12, 2014 @ 10:18 pm, under NPB
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Toshiya Sugiuchi became the twenty-second player in NPB history to reach the 2,000 strikeout milestone during Saturday's game against the Hanshin Tigers.  The milestone strikeout came in the 6th against against Hiroki Uemoto.  Sugiuchi also set a new speed record by striking out 2,000 in 1,930.2 innings pitched.  Kazuhisa Ishii held the previous record at 1,967.2 innings.

On a side note: Sugiuchi ended up tossing a shutout against the Tigers.  It was the team's first shutout since Hirokazu Sawamura threw one against Orix on June 13, 2013 and Sugiuchi's first since April 30, 2013 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome (first at Tokyo Dome since May 30, 2013 against Rakuten).

Source: Sponichi 7/11/2014, Sponichi 7/11/2014Nikkan Sports 7/11/2014, Daily Sports 7/11/2014

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[5/30/2014] Injury Report: Kevin Youkilis (Rakuten), Seiichi Uchikawa (Softbank)

by on May.31, 2014 @ 12:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi worked out at Koshien Stadium on Friday.  He took a batted ball off the area above his left knee during his last start on the 26th.  He told reporters he was fine.  Sugiuchi is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kam Mickolio pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on Friday.  He entered the game in the 6th and gave up a run on two hits over an inning of work (1B9-WP-R, 1B9 one RBI, K, K, G6).  He also struck out two and walked none. Source: Daily Sports 5/30/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige tweaked his left leg during Monday's game against the Softbank Hawks.  He did not play on Wednesday and Thursday.  He worked out at Seibu Dome on Friday and told reporters he had not yet made a decision on his status. Source: Sports Hochi 5/30/2014
  • Takuya Asao (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Thursday.  He entered the game in the 9th and did not allow a run or a hit over an inning of work.  He threw thirteen pitches and topped out at 144km/h.  The Dragons have decided to wait on Asao a little longer since he is not an immediate need. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kevin Youkilis might be able to resume practices in about two months.  Youkilis was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his left foot while he was in Japan. Tests in the United States came back with the same diagnosis. Source: Sponichi 5/30/2014 ... Youkilis told reporters in Boston that his doctors told him it might take three to six months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 5/30/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa began his rehab at the Saitozaki facilities on Friday.  His day lasted about six hours and included some walking, stretching, upper body strengthening exercises, and treatment for his right gluteus maximus. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014, Sponichi 5/30/2014
  • Brian Wolfe left for the United States on Thursday.  He will be getting additional tests on his right elbow.  He would like to avoid surgery if possible.  He is planning to visit the hospital where he got Tommy John surgery in 2003. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014
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[5/26/2014] Injury Report: Yuichi Matsumoto (Yakult), Shota Takeda (Softbank)

by on May.27, 2014 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi took a ball hit by Kensuke Kondo off the area above his left knee/thigh while pitching with the bases loaded and two out in the 6th against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday.  He had to be carried off the field.  He was seen walking around on his own after the game. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014, Sponichi 5/26/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka worked out at the indoor training facilities at Koshien on Monday, next to the Ichi-gun team.  His schedule included playing catch at a distance of around fifty meters and taking batting practice (soft-toss and against a machine).  He was also seen chatting with some of his former Lotte teammates. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014, Sponichi 5/26/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige pulled himself out of Monday's game against Softbank after he tweaked the back of his left thigh while running the bases in the 7th inning -- he was on second with two out and was thinking about scoring on a single to center by Yohei Oshima, but had to put on the breaks when he got the signal to stop at third base. Source: Sanspo 5/26/2014 ... Tanishige did not go to the hospital.  The injury does not appear to be serious.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014, Sports Hochi 5/26/2014
  • Kenshin Kawakami (lower back) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Nagoya Stadium on Sunday.  He faced some Ikusei players and threw twenty pitches.  It was the first time he faced hitters since his injury. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuichi Matsumoto was taken off the active roster on Monday with a strain in his right abdominal oblique muscle.  He will require about three to four weeks for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 5/26/2014, Daily Sports 5/26/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda (right shoulder) pitched in a San-gun game against the Ehime Mandarin Pirates (Shikoku Island League) on Sunday.  He gave up two runs on three hits over two innings.  He threw thirty-seven pitches and topped out at 153km/h. It was his first game in about a six months. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Keiichi Hirano was removed from Monday's game against Yokohama after he took an HBP off his right calf during his at bat in the 3rd inning.  Hirano took an HBP off the same area on the 14th and had been close to a full recovery. Source: Daily Sports 5/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014
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[5/1/2013] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on May.01, 2013 @ 5:29 pm, under NPB
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Sadaharu Oh and Sachio Kinugasa are scheduled to attend the People's Honor Award ceremony for Hideki Matsui and Shigeo Nagashima at Tokyo Dome on May 5.  Oh and Kinugasa are previous winners of the award.

Source: Sponichi 4/30/2013

The Giants expect lines to the stadium on May 5 to peak between 12:30pm and 1:00pm.  As such, they are asking fans to arrive at Tokyo Dome as early as possible in order to avoid missing the start of the ceremony at 1:00pm.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/30/2013

It appears plans for the ceremonial first pitch are taking shape: Matsui will throw the pitch, Tatsunori Hara will catch, Nagashima will stand in the batter's box, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the home plate umpire.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/1/2013Sponichi 5/1/2013

Tickets to the game on May 5 are being auctioned off for fairly large profit: 5,900 yen S seat tickets were auctioned off for 150,000 yen (pair); 2,000 yen OF seat tickets for 45,000 yen (pair); 6,500 yen excite seats for 130,000 yen (pair).

Source: Sponichi 5/1/2013

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Toshiya Sugiuchi shifted himself about twenty centimeters closer to the third base side on the pitching rubber on Tuesday night against Chunichi to make it easier to attack the inside corners against right-handed hitters -- he usually stays toward the edge of the rubber on the first base side, but was throwing more from the center.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/1/2013Sponichi 5/1/2013

Sugiuchi recorded his twentieth shutout on Tuesday and joined Masahiro Yamamoto (Chunichi, thirty) and Daisuke Miura (Yokohama, twenty-two) as the only active pitchers in the NPB with twenty or more shutouts.

Source: Sponichi 5/1/2013

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A Hiroshima Carp fan caught Shinnosuke Abe's 300th home run on April 21.  The fan turned down Giants' stuff for the ball, but did accept a trade for an autographed Shota Dobayashi (Hiroshima) baseball.

Source: Sanspo 5/1/2013

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Yomiuri Giants issue stern warning and fine to Suiguchi for meeting with a woman during WBC mini-camp

by on Mar.08, 2013 @ 12:06 pm, under NPB, WBC
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According to a number of reporters, the Yomiuri Giants issued a warning and a fine to Toshiya Sugiuchi after a story broke about him meeting a woman during WBC mini-camp in February.

GM/team rep Atsushi Harasawa held a press conference at the team offices today and said, "A player the Giants sent out caused a stir at this important time of year.  A stern warning is not enough."

He continued, "It was a private meeting, but it created a distraction for the team.  It goes without saying that he has a lot of responsibilities."

With regards to the fine, he said that it was not an insignificant amount.

Harasawa called WBC manager Koji Yamamoto to apologize for the incident.  He also spoke to Suiguchi over the phone and said, "He is feeling really bad for what happened and told me he was very sorry and would accept whatever disciplinary action was handed out.  He was ready to accept the consequences."

Sugiuchi worked out with the team at Tokyo Dome as scheduled on Thursday.  He will be available for today's game.

Source: Daily Sports 3/8/20103, Sanspo 3/8/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2013, Sports Hochi 3/8/2013

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UPDATE @ 10:24pm -

Hideaki Wakui was also named in the article.  The Seibu Lions have given him a warning and will investigate the incident further after the WBC ends.  A team official has already issued an apology to Yamamoto over the phone.

Source: Sanspo 3/8/2013

UPDATE 3/9 @ 2:49pm -

The Lions issued their warning when Wakui called them on Friday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/9/2013

Yomiuri Giants: Toshiya Sugiuchi scratched from next start due shoulder discomfort

by on Aug.22, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Toshiya Sugiuchi has been scratched from his start on Thursday against the Yakult Swallows because of discomfort in his left shoulder (he felt something during workouts today).  While the injury does not appear to be serious, the Giants plan to play it safe and give Sugiuchi ten days of rest by taking him off the active roster on Thursday.

Source: Sponichi 8/22/2012

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UPDATE 8/23 @ 9:53pm - To clarify, Sugiuchi complained of discomfort after workouts on Wednesday and was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2012

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Yomiuri Giants: Toshiya Sugiuchi tosses a no-hitter against the Rakuten Eagles

by on May.30, 2012 @ 8:32 pm, under NPB
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Toshiya Sugiuchi became the seventy-fifth player in NPB history to toss a no-hitter tonight with his 2-0 victory over the Rakuten Eagles.  Sugiuchi was actually just one out away from a perfect game when he walked pinch-hitter Toshiya Nakashima in the top of the 9th inning.

According to Daily Sports, Sugiuchi is the eighth Yomiuri pitcher to record a no-hitter since the start of the two league format and first Yomiuri pitcher to record a no-hitter since Hiromi Makihara tossed a perfect game on May 18, 1994.  This was also the fifty-third double-digit strikeout game of his career, which moved him past Yu Darvish into sole possession of fifth on the All-time list.

Sponichi adds that Sugiuchi is just the second lefty in franchise history, going back to the one league era, to toss a no-hitter.  The other: Hiroshi Nakao on November 3, 1939 and July 16, 1941.  He is also just the third player to record a no-hitter in their first year with a new team.  The other two: Juzo Sanada on May 7, 1952 and Hajime Kato on April 18, 1976.

Additionally, this was the forty-fourth time in NPB history that a game ended one batter away from a perfect game and the fourteenth time a game ended as a no-hitter instead of a perfect game because a runner reached on a walk or error.  Sugiuchi is the only starter that finished with a no-hitter after getting to within one out of a perfect game.  The previous record, set by Naoki Takahashi on June 16, 1973 and Terry Bross on September 9, 1995, was the 8th inning with one out.

Nikkan Sports mentions that Sugiuchi is the only player to record a no-hitter as a high school player at Koshien (Summer, August 11, 1998, gave up a walk in the 6th with two out and racked up sixteen strikeouts) and after turning pro.

Twenty-eight batters faced, 108 pitches, one walk, fourteen strikeouts. [Box Score]

The Giants will be giving away Sugiuchi orange uniform shaped towels to the first 1,800 fans that make a purchase of 1,000 yen or more at the official team store at Tokyo Solamachi between May 31 and June 2.  They will also be handing out Sugiuchi Player Programs (the same ones that were distributed on Sugiuchi Day at Tokyo Dome on May 28) to the first 1,800 fans that visit the store.

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Sanspo has posted parts of Sugiuchi's post-game press conference:

On tossing a no-hitter.

I can not believe.  I am very happy.

On being one out away [from a perfect game] and issuing a walk.

I got two strikes on the batter and went for the strikeout.  As I faced batter, my mindset was to walk him before giving up a hit.  And then I gave up the walk.  I thought it would be better to throw a good pitch instead of just tossing it down the middle.  I am just very happy that the team won.

What was good about your game tonight?

My fastball and slider were good.  I used that as a foundation.  [Shinnosuke] Abe also probably knew that and did a good job calling the game.

What did you feel during the game?

I knew that I had not given up any hits or walks and just continued to pitch aggressively.

Your are the seventy-fifth player to record a no-hitter.

It is a great honor.  We dropped our last game and I did not want to make it two losses in a row.  It got easier once Yoshinobu [Takahashi] hit the home run [in the 7th inning].  I was able to ride the momentum from that.

Sponichi has also posted parts of the press conference:

When did you start thinking about the zero hits?

I knew from the 1st inning.  But I thought about it more as we got deeper into the game.

On facing [Masahiro] Tanaka.

I had only won one game against him.  I just wanted to help the team get a win.  I can not believe things turned out like this.

What was good about your game?

My fastball and slider were working.  [Shinnosuke] Abe also called a good game.

On missing out on a perfect game with just one out remaining.

It obviously would have been great to get it, but winning is more important.  And that it was against [Tanaka].  Even if I had given up a hit, I just wanted to win.  I would not have been disappointed.

On wearing the number eighteen.

I do not think it will get any easier wearing this number.  Throwing a no-hitter was never a goal of mine.  Doing well over the course of the season and being recognized for that is really important.  I am happy that I helped the team move six games above 500.

Nikkan Sports posted the press conference (the above were actually taken from the hero interview), but it's a bit long so I'll just provide the link to it for those that are interested.

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Yomiuri Giants: April 2, 2012

by on Apr.02, 2012 @ 11:41 pm, under NPB
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Kentaro Nishimura recorded his first save since September 6, 2007 (vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome).

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Hisayoshi Chono was named the team's third Red Cross Support Leader.  The Giants started the support program in 2008; the first two leaders were Shinnsouke Abe and Hayato Sakamoto.

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Shuichi Murata will donate 10,000 yen to his newborn baby healthcare support fund for every RBI he records this season.

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Toshiya Sugiuchi is 8-0 in his first starts of the year.  He also became just the second player in franchise history to stop a team losing streak with their first start (after arriving from another team).  The other player: Osamu Kubota in 1966.

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TV Ratings for the home opener (Nippon TV, Kanto Region, 19:00-20:43): 11.8%.

Yomiuri Giants: March 17, 2012

by on Mar.17, 2012 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Friday

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi threw sixty-five pitches in the bullpen. (Sponichi)

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Toshiya Sugiuchi is slated to start Sunday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines (at QVC).

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Takanobu Tsujiuchi rejoined the Ichi-gun team today after missing time with a left ankle sprain.

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Nikkan Sports is reporting that Hiroki Sanada has decided to return to Japan after his efforts to land a contract with a team in the US failed.  The Yomiuri Giants could be the current front-runner.  A later Nikkan Sports report includes the following comment from team GM Atsushi Harasawa:

I can not really talk about specific players, but generally speaking, as everyone knows, we still have space on our 70-man roster.  It is my job to see if there are other players that can help this team.  If we feel we need him, we will talk to him.  But again, I can not say which player(s) we are talking to and can only promise to give you an update if we get to that point.  It is not like we are not doing anything.  It is not just about now, we have been [looking for ways to improve the team] and will continue to look for ways to improve the team until July 30.

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Ryosuke Miyaguni could get another exhibition game start on March 21 against the Yakult Swallows (at Tokyo Dome).

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Yomiuri Giants: March 2, 2012

by on Mar.02, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Thursday

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi threw sixty-three pitches in the bullpen. (Sanspo)

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Tatsunori Hara will likely try batting Hisayoshi Chono first, Tetsuya Matsumoto second, John Bowker third, Shuichi Murata fourth, Shinnosuke Abe fifth, and Hayato Sakamoto sixth for their exhibition game against the Seibu Lions on Saturday.

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Toshiya Sugiuchi and Hirokazu Sawamura are scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Seibu on Saturday.  Tetsuya Utsumi is slated to pitch against Seibu on Sunday.

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Takahiko Nomaguchi will be called up on Saturday; Norihito Kaneto will be sent down.

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According to Daily Sports, there are three candidates for the opening day start: Utsumi, Sugiuchi, and Sawamura.  Of the three, Utsumi is the front-runner.

Nikkan Sports notes that Tatsunori Hara already has a basic idea of how he will set his starting rotation.

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Sugiuchi plans to use Koji Kikkawa's Speed for his intro music (the same music he used last year).

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While a possible early (or on time) return by Yuya Kubo is part of the reason why the Giants are thinking about using Scott Mathieson as a starter, that he has struggled with his control is another: he has eight walks/HBPs in five innings of work (four games).  He also appears to be having a hard time pitching from the set position, likely because he is worried about getting called on a balk.

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