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[4/26/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.27, 2015 @ 5:28 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ni-gun game against Hanshin on April 26: Juan Francisco made his debut. He got the start at first and batted third. He went 1-for-2: walk with a runner on second and one out in the 1st; single to left with a runner on first and one out in the 3rd; ground out to second with a runner on first and no out in the 5th. He left on defense in the 6th. Source: Sanspo 4/26/2015, Sponichi 4/26/2015
  • Hayato Takagi became the first rookie in franchise history to start the season with a four-game winning streak since Norihito Kaneto in 2007. Source: Sponichi 4/26/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Masanori Ishikawa tossed a 5-0 shutout against Yomiuri on April 25. At the age of thirty-five years and three months, he joined Toshio Kanbe as the only pitchers in franchise history to record a shutout at thirty-five years and three months or older. Kanbe recorded shutouts on September 1, 1979 at thirty-six years and five months and on September 14, 1980 at thirty-seven years and five months. Source: Sanspo 4/26/2015

[4/23/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Apr.24, 2015 @ 10:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants held a press conference for Juan Francisco at Giants Stadium on April 22. Source: official report, Sponichi 4/23/2015
  • The Giants recorded a 1-0 victory against the Hiroshima Carp on April 22. The lone run scored in the 1st inning. The last time the Giants scored a run in the 1st inning and won the game 1-0 was on July 30, 2000 against the Chunichi Dragons. The last time they did it against the Carp was on June 2, 1995. Source: Sanspo 4/23/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger picked up the twelfth double-digit strikeout game of his NPB career on April 22 and set a new Central League record for foreign pitchers. The previous record of eleven was held by Darrell May. Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2015, Sponichi 4/23/2015
  • The Tigers dropped Matt Murton down from fifth to sixth in the starting line-up on April 22. It was the first time Murton batted sixth since April 5, 2013. He also picked up his first hit in twenty-four trips to the plate. Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2015, Sponichi 4/23/2015
  • Kosuke Fukudome moved up to batting fifth from sixth on April 22. It was the first time he batted fifth since August 10, 2014. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2015
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto posted a message at his personal site on April 22 about visiting the training facilities at the University of Southern California. Source: official post

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons will finish the month of April with five walk-off victories, one short of a new Central League record and one short of tying the NPB record. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2015 ... The Dragons recorded eleven victories at Nagoya Dome in April. That set a franchise record for wins at Nagoya Dome in April and tied the franchise record for wins at Nagoya Dome in one month (August 2004 and August 2010). Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hitoshi Tamura is set to make the active roster on April 24. He is expected to make the starting line-up in center batting seventh. Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2015

[4/22/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons

by on Apr.23, 2015 @ 4:43 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Juan Francisco arrived at Narita Airport on April 22. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2015
  • The three, four, and five hitters recorded RBIs on April 19 and 21. The last time the three, four, and five hitters in the line-up each recorded RBIs in consecutive games was in 2013 on August 24 and 25. Itaru Hashimoto and Hayato Sakamoto hit back-to-back triples in the 5th inning of a game against Hiroshima on April 21. The last time two Yomiuri hitters recorded back-to-back triples was on April 24, 2002. Source: Sponichi 4/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/22/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Iori Katsura joined Kazuhiro Yamakura (1978), Nobuyuki Kagawa (1980), Kosei Ono (1997), Naoyuki Shimizu (1997), and Ryohei Kawamoto (2007) as the only players since the start of the draft to make the line-up at catcher and hit a home run in his debut game. Iori is the only one in the group that also recorded a multi-hit game. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2015

[4/21/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.22, 2015 @ 3:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hector Mendoza is scheduled to arrive in Japan on April 22. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015
  • Frederich Cepeda was taken off the active roster on April 21 because of his struggles at the plate. Source: ZakZak 4/21/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger will be making his next start on April 22 against Yokohama on four days of rest. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2015
  • The Tigers could drop Matt Murton down to the six hole because of his struggles with consistency at the plate. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015, Sports Hochi 4/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015
  • Coaches Nobuhiro Takashiro and Koji Yamawaki spent time working with Shintaro Fujinami on his movements before his delivery, out of concern that he might be tipping his pitches. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015 ... Takashiro told reporters the issue was something they were working on since spring camp. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki was taken off the active roster on April 20 because there were enough relievers. The Tigers are planning to ease Ishizaki into a starting role at Ni-gun. Source: Sanspo 4/21/2015
  • The Tigers suggested that their fielders wear sunglasses when playing night games at Yokohama Stadium to combat the new LED lights. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kazuki Mishima was taken off the active roster on April 20 because he was not scheduled to pitch in an Ichi-gun game for at least ten days. Source: Sanspo 4/21/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Ni-gun game against Yokohama on April 21: Wladimir Balentien got the start at designated hitter and batted third. He went 1-for-3 with a solo home run off Yuta Kakita in the 4th.
  • Orlando Roman and Masato Furuno are among candidates that could get a start on April 26 against Yomiuri at Jingu. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015

[4/21/2015] Yomiuri Giants reach agreement with Juan Francisco

by on Apr.21, 2015 @ 7:43 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced on Tuesday that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old infielder Juan Francisco. He was assigned the uniform number 21. According to reports by the media, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated 140 million yen (or an estimated 1.2 million US dollars).

Francisco is scheduled to arrive in Japan on April 22.

Source: official announcement, Chunichi Sports 4/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015, Sponichi 4/21/2015, Sponichi 4/22/2015

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