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Sakurai, Toshiki 桜井 俊貴 (さくらい・としき)
Yomiuri Giants | #36 | P
Born: 10/20/1993 (age 24)
Height: 181cm
Weight: 82kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: AB
Hometown: Hyogo
Draft: 2015, 1st Round
History: 北須磨高-立命大
Roster Changes: added 03/29/2016, removed 03/30/2016
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[12/2/2016] Yomiuri Giants: uniform number changes

The Yomiuri Giants announced the following uniform number changes on November 30:

Source: Yomiuri announcement

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[8/25/2016] Toshiki Sakurai gives up seven against Tokyo University

The San-gun Yomiuri Giants beat Tokyo University 12-8 in an exhibition game on August 25. Toshiki Sakurai started the game for Yomiuri and gave up seven runs (four earned) on eleven hits over six innings of work. He faced thirty-two hitters, threw 108 pitches, and struck out nine.

Abner Abreu got the start in right and batted clean-up for the Giants. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one stolen base. He hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Catcher Shingo Usami batted sixth and went 2-for-4 with three RBI. He blasted a solo home run in the eighth.

Ko Takahashi (started at second and batted second) also had a big day for the Giants: he went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two stolen bases.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/25/2016, Yomiuri box score

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[8/3/2016] Toshiki Sakurai gives up three in four innings at San-gun

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) started a San-gun game against the BC League’s Fukushima Hopes earlier today. He gave up three runs on five hits and three walks over four innings of work. He also struck out four.

Source: Sponichi 8/3/2016

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[7/24/2016] Toshiki Sakurai tosses three shutout innings in San-gun game

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) started a San-gun game against Softbank on July 23. He tossed three shutout innings, gave up one hit, walked none, and struck out two. He is expected to pitch at least five innings during his next start on July 30 against Yokohama at Giants Stadium. Sakurai could make it back to the active roster some time in August.

Source: Sanspo 7/24/2016

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[7/17/2016] Toshiki Sakurai pitches two innings in San-gun practice game

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) started a San-gun practice game against the BC League’s Toyama GRN Thunderbirds on July 16. He pitched two innings, allowed a run on two hits, walked/hit two, and struck out none. He threw forty pitches and topped out at 143km/h. This was his first game since March 30 (vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium).

Source: Sponichi 7/17/2016

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[7/13/2016] Toshiki Sakurai tosses bullpen session

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) threw thirty-five pitches in the bullpen at Giants Stadium today. He is currently slated to pitch in a San-gun rehab game against the BC League’s Toyama GRN Thunderbirds on July 16.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/13/2016

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[7/8/2016] Toshiki Sakurai and Toshiya Sugiuchi face live hitters

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun batting practice scrimmage at Giants Stadium on July 8. He faced twelve hitters, threw forty-four pitches, allowed two could-be hits, and topped out at 146km/h. Assuming no setback, he could be ready to pitch in a rehab game at San-gun some time between July 15 and 17.

Toshiya Sugiuchi (right hip) faced nine hitters, threw thirty pitches, and allowed one could-be hit.

Source: Sanspo 7/8/2016, Sponichi 7/9/2016

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[5/27/2016] Toshiki Sakurai tosses batting practice scrimmage

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) pitching in a batting practice scrimmage at Giants Stadium on May 26. All hitters started with the count 1-1. He faced nine hitters, threw twenty-nine pitches, did not allow a hit, struck out three, walked two, and topped out at 145km/h.

Aaron Poreda (upper left arm) resumed practices at Giants Stadium on May 26.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2016

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[5/15/2016] Toshiki Sakurai tosses fifteen to squatting catcher

Toshiki Sakurai tossed a bullpen session today. He threw twenty fastballs to a squatting catcher. It was his second session in as many days, first to a squatting catcher. He told reporters he no longer felt discomfort in the elbow.

Sakurai is expected to add off-speed pitches during his next session after May 16. He is hoping to make it back to the active roster in June.

Source: Sponichi 5/15/2016

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[5/14/2016] Toshiki Sakurai tosses second bullpen session

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 5/14/2016

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