Hiroki Kuroda (neck and right shoulder) worked out at the indoor training facilities near Mazda Stadium today. He played catch at a distance of sixty meters. He also threw eighteen pitches off flat ground to a standing catcher — he threw fastballs, curveballs, sliders, and cutters from the set position. This was the fourth straight he threw the ball and the first time he mixed in off-speed pitches.
Source: Daily Sports 5/15/20160 Comments
Daiki Enokida’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl weighing 3,460 grams, at a hospital in Nishinomiya, Hyogo on Saturday (May 14) morning.0 Comments
Tadahito Iguchi notched the eleventh walk-off of his career on May 14 against Rakuten at QVC Marine. It was his first walk-off since June 13, 2010. At forty-one years and five months, Iguchi set a new franchise record for oldest player to record a walk-off hit. The previous record of thirty-eight years and nine months was set by Shosei Go on April 9, 1955.
The NPB record of forty-four years and six months was set by Yoshiyuki Iwamoto on October 4, 1956 and Takeshi Yamasaki on May 17, 2013.
Source: Sponichi 5/15/20160 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in thirty-one-year-old infielder Elian Herrera.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2016
[UPDATE @ 5:26pm]
The Bay Stars announced that they reached an agreement with Herrera.
Source: Yokohama announcement
[UPDATE 5/16 @ 9:14am]
The two sides may have agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated eighty million yen.
Source: Sponichi 5/16/2016
[UPDATE 5/16 @ 11:24am]
Herrera could arrive in Japan this week and will join the team as soon as he gets his work visa. He might be ready for Inter-league play.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/20160 Comments
Daichi Osera (right elbow) tossed indoor batting practice at Mazda Stadium today. It was the first time he threw batting practice since his injury. He threw fifty-six pitches to Ko Shimozuru and Takayoshi Noma. He threw mostly fastballs, but also mixed in some cutters, sliders, and change-up.
Osera is scheduled to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage some time next week.
Source: Daily Sports 5/14/20160 Comments
Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) tossed his fourth bullpen session at Giants Stadium today. It was his fourth session since his injury. He added off-speed pitches and did not experience any issues.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/20160 Comments
Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) tossed a bullpen session at Giants Stadium today. It was his second session since he was taken off the active roster.
Sakurai threw ten pitches to a standing catcher, then fifteen with the catcher on one knee. All twenty-five pitches were fastballs.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/20160 Comments
Daisuke Matsuzaka started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium earlier today. He gave up nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits, including a lead-off home run in the first and a grand slam in the second, and three walks over 1.2 innings of work. He struck out one and topped out at 143km/h. He was scheduled to throw eighty to ninety pitches, but left after sixty-five.0 Comments
Hayato Sakamoto hit a come-from-behind walk-off double in the twelfth inning against the Yakult Swallows at Tokyo Dome on May 13. It was the Yomiuri Giants’ first come-from-behind walk-off win in extra innings since March 31, 2013 against Hiroshima. It was Sakamoto’s ninth walk-off hit, first since August 20, 2015 against Hanshin. Of his eight prior walk-off hits, two provided come-from-behind victories: June 4, 2010 against Nippon Ham and August 1, 2015 against Chunichi. This was his first come-from-behind walk-off hit in extra innings.
Walk-off Hits – Yomiuri Giants
|Player JPN||Player ENG||Hits|
|1||王 貞治||Oh, Sadaharu||15|
|2||長嶋 茂雄||Nagashima, Shigeo||14|
|3||原 辰徳||Hara, Tatsunori||12|
|阿部 慎之助||Abe, Shinnosuke||12|
|5||川上 哲治||Kawakami, Tetsuharu||11|
|6||坂本 勇人||Sakamoto, Hayato||9|
Tomoyuki Sugano recorded his third straight double-digit strikeout game on May 13 (12, 10, 10) and became the fourth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. The other three: Kazumi Takahashi in 1972, Hiromi Makihara in 1986, and Hiroshi Kisanuki in 2003.
Atsushi Nomi set the Central League record for consecutive double-digit strikeout games with five in 2014. Hideo Nomo holds the NPB record with six in 1991.
Source: Sponichi 5/14/2016,0 Comments