Chiba Lotte Marines vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome – 14:00
Attendance: 32407 | Time: 2h32m0 Comments
Shinnosuke Abe left a game on March 15 early because of some tightness in his legs. Since then, he has spent most of his time either as a designated hitter or bat off the bench. He may be having trouble adjusting his workload: he took thing slow last year and ended up hurting his right shoulder before the start of the season; he increased his workouts this year and may have ended up overworking himself.
Abe was able to return to the starting line-up yesterday against Nippon Ham and went 0-for-3 (F9, G4, F8, BB).
Source: Tokyo Sports 3/24/20170 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they signed an official car agreement with Jaguar Land Rover. As part of the deal, the Giants will get to use seventy Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. The organization will in turn show special Jaguar Land Rover videos on their big screen at Tokyo Dome during all sixty-three of their home games this year. Additionally, the two sides will work together on various campaigns and events.
Source: Yomiuri 3/24/20170 Comments
Nippon Ham Fighters vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome – 18:00
Attendance: 40186 | Time: 3h21m0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced today that Miles Mikolas’ wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl, on March 20 (US time).0 Comments
Nippon Ham Fighters vs Yomiuri Giants @ Ise – 13:00
Attendance: 8514 | Time: 2h37m0 Comments
Kyosuke Takagi was suspended for a year following his involvement in a gambling ring. His suspension ended yesterday, on March 21. The Yomiuri Giants told the media today that they received his application to return to the NPB. The Giants could submit their paperwork to the commissioner’s office as early as tomorrow. They are thinking about offering Takagi an Ikusei contract if he is allowed to return.
[UPDATE 3/23 @ 10:22pm]
The Giants announced that they submitted an reinstatement application with the NPB commissioner’s office today. They also included a statement about their thoughts on his return.
The organization kept the lines of communication open with Takagi and are satisfied with how he spent his time over the last year. They are open to giving him another chance and are thinking about offering him an Ikusei contract, should he be reinstated.0 Comments
Yomiuri Giants vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu – 13:00
Attendance: 15260 | Time: 2h19m0 Comments
Yomiuri Giants vs Seibu Lions @ MetLife – 13:00
Attendance: 14263 | Time: 2h49m0 Comments
Hirokazu Sawamura has not pitched in a game since he was tossed from a Nippon Ham exhibition game on March 4 (he threw a dangerous pitch; it was his first and only pitch of the game). He was allowed to leave an exhibition game against Lotte at Zozo Marine early because he was not feeling well. The Yomiuri Giants will wait to see how he is feeling in four to five days. If there is a no improvement, he could end up missing the start of the season.
[UPDATE 3/19 @ 10:16pm]
According to reports filed today, Sawamura has been having problems with his right shoulder since late-February. There is a good chance he will not be on the opening day roster. He was reassigned to San-gun for rehab.0 Comments