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[5/16/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on May.17, 2015 @ 5:21 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto became the franchise's eighty-second clean-up hitter on April 11. He hit a home run while batting fourth on May 15. He has now hit at least one home run while batting anywhere between first and eighth in the line-up. Nine players in NPB history have managed to hit at least one home run out of all nine spots in the line-up. The last player to accomplish the feat was Mitsutaka Goto in 2011. Source: ZakZak 5/16/2015, Sanspo 5/16/2015 ... Sakamoto's home run breakdown by spot in the line-up: first (sixty-five), second (one), third (thirty-two), fourth (one), fifth (one), sixth (two), seventh (five), eighth (seven), ninth (none), off the bench (two). Source: Sponichi 5/16/2015 ... There have been four clean-up hitters this year: Sakamoto, Shinnosuke Abe, Taishi Ota, and Daisuke Nakai. Sakamoto was the first to blast a home run while batting clean-up this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015
  • Scott Mathieson was not available to play on May 16 because his wife gave birth to the couple's second chlid, a girl weighing 3,500 grams, at 5:45am on the same day. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015
  • Through May 15, the Giants were 3-0 while wearing their orange tokon uniforms. In the past three seasons, they were 19-6. Source: Sponichi 5/16/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mario Santiago could get another start at Ichi-gun. A lot will depend on how Randy Messenger is doing at Ni-gun. Source: Sports Hochi 5/16/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kosuke Tanaka became the seventh player in franchise history to hit lead-off home runs in back-to-back games (May 14, 15). The other six: Hiroaki Inoue on October 13, 16 in 1970; Sachio Kinugasa on October 4, 5 in 1977; Yoshihiko Takahashi on June 4, 6 in 1989; Koichi Ogata on July 17, 18 in 1996; Kenjiro Nomura on August 21, 22 in 1997; and Masato Akamatsu on April 29, 30 in 2008. Source: Daily Sports 5/16/2015 ... The NPB record of three games was set by Hiromi Matsunaga in 1993. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015
  • Shota Dobayashi confirmed to reporters on May 16 that his wife was pregnant and due in October. Source: Sanspo 5/16/2015

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are 12-4 in games with a one-run difference. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015 ... Yokohama won their seventh straight series on May 16, a first in franchise history since 1964. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015, Sponichi 5/16/2015, Daily Sports 5/16/2015 ... The Bay Stars moved ten games above .500 in their fortieth game of the season on May 15. The team has made it to ten games above .500 in eleven different seasons, five in forty or fewer games (twenty-eighth game in 1952, twenty-fourth game in 1973, fortieth game in 1978, twentieth game in 1996, and fortieth game in 2015). Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015, Sanspo 5/16/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa was 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in seven starts over his career against the Yomiuri Giants before suffering a loss at their hands on May 15. Source: Sports Hochi 5/16/2015

[5/13/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on May.14, 2015 @ 2:58 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mario Santiago joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on May 12. He worked on bunting with fielding/base coach Naoyuki Kazaoka and then threw about sixty pitches in the bullpen. Someone with the team told reporters that when it comes to bunts, Santiago had little to no experience. Source: Sponichi 5/13/2015, Daily Sports 5/13/2015
  • Randy Messenger joined Ni-gun practices at Naruohama on May 13. Source: Sanspo 5/13/2015
  • Through May 12, Matt Murton was 87-for-216 with twelve home runs and fifty-one RBI in fifty-five games at Jingu Stadium. Against Yakult, 183-for-467 with fifteen home runs and eighty-three RBI in 120 games. Source: Sanspo 5/13/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata notched his 200th managerial victory on May 13 and became just the fifth manager in franchise history to reach the milestone. Source: Sponichi 5/13/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Akihisa Nishida was not feeling well on May 12 but still played on May 13 because he has been catching Nagisa Arakaki this season. Source: Sanspo 5/13/2015

[5/12/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on May.13, 2015 @ 7:18 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata is one win away from reaching his 200th managerial victory. Source: Sanspo 5/12/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshihisa Naruse's start on May 12 was rained out. His next start will be pushed back to May 14. Nagisa Arakaki will make his next start on May 13 as planned. Second round draft pick Ren Kazahari was penciled in for the start on May 14. He will now remain at Ni-gun for additional work. Source: Sanspo 5/12/2015, Sponichi 5/12/2015