Shinji Tajima extended his scoreless games streak to twenty-four games from the start of the season on May 17 during a game against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium and tied the Central League record set by Kazuhiro Sasaki in 1998 and Tetsuya Yamaguchi in 2012. The Pacific League record of twenty-six was set by Hideki Okajima in 2012.
[UPDATE 5/19 @ 3:35am]
Tajima set a new Central League record on May 18 with his twenty-fifth straight scoreless appearance. He is one game away from tying the NPB record.
The NPB record for consecutive scoreless appearances that begins at any point during a season is thirty-eight, set by Kyuji Fujikawa in 2006. The franchise record is thirty-one, set by Akifumi Takahashi in 2005.
[UPDATE 5/20 @ 11:23pm]
Tajima tied the NPB record on May 20bwith his twenty-sixth straight scoreless game from the start of the season.