Tokyo Yakult Swallows (東京ヤクルトスワローズ)
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Hanshin Tigers 4 – Yakult Swallows 5 (August 22, 2017)

Hanshin Tigers vs Yakult Swallows @ Meiji Jingu Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Ono, Taiki (HAN) 0-7, 5.18 – Ishikawa, Masanori (YAK) 4-11, 5.12

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 8 0
Yakult 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1X 5 12 0

Attendance: 24579 | Time: 3h23m

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[8/21/2017] Mitsuru Manaka to step down after the season

Mitsuru Manaka is in the final year of a three-year contract. According to Nikkan Sports, the Yakult Swallows are planning to ask Manaka to return next season because they still think highly of his abilities to manage the team. The report also adds that it is uncertain if Manaka is open to staying, considering the team’s performance the last two seasons (fifth place last year and last place so far this year).

Sponichi expects this to be Manaka’s last year. They name current Ni-gun manager Shingo Takatsu as a possible replacement. Sanspo also thinks that there is a good chance Manaka will step down.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/21/2017, Sponichi 8/21/2017, Sanspo 8/21/2017

[UPDATE 8/22 @ 3:53pm]

Manaka met Yakult Swallows’ President Tsuyoshi Kinugasa on August 21 and was asked to return next year. He turned down their offer and told them he wanted to take responsibility for the team’s performance by stepping down after the season. Manaka addressed the media today at Jingu Stadium and informed them of his decision. The Swallows also made an official announcement of Manaka’s decision.

Kinugasa also addressed the media today and said that owner Takashige Negishi wanted Manaka to return for at least one more year because he felt he did a good job despite losing a lot of key players to injuries. Manaka also turned down the possibility of taking another position within the organization.

Possible candidates: Ni-gun manager Takatsu is the front runner. Other possibilities could include Atsuya Furuta and Daisuke Araki.

Source: Yakult 8/22/2017ZakZak 8/22/2017, Sponichi 8/22/20170, Sponichi 8/22/2017Sanspo 8/22/2017, Daily Sports 8/22/2017, Daily Sports 8/22/2017, Daily Sports 8/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/22/2017Nikkan Sports 8/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/22/2017Sports Hochi 8/22/2017, Sports Hochi 8/22/2017Tokyo Sports 8/22/2017

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Yakult Swallows 5 – Hiroshima Carp 6 (August 20, 2017)

Yakult Swallows vs Hiroshima Carp @ Mazda Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Yamanaka, Hirofumi (YAK) 2-4, 4.33 – Okada, Akitake (HIR) 11-4, 3.14

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Yakult 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 9 0
Hiroshima 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 1X 6 12 1

Attendance: 31191 | Time: 3h35m

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Yakult Swallows 5 – Hiroshima Carp 0 (August 19, 2017)

Yakult Swallows vs Hiroshima Carp @ Mazda Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Ogawa, Yasuhiro (YAK) 5-6, 3.09 – Yabuta, Kazuki (HIR) 11-2, 2.59

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yakult 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 5 12 1
Hiroshima 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0

Attendance: 31307 | Time: 3h4m

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Yakult Swallows 0 – Hiroshima Carp 1 (August 18, 2017)

Yakult Swallows vs Hiroshima Carp @ Mazda Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Buchanan, David (YAK) 6-9, 3.45 – Nakamura, Yuta (HIR) 3-2, 4.30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yakult 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Hiroshima 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 1 6 0

Attendance: 31509 | Time: 3h20m

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[8/17/2017] Ross Ohlendorf returns to US for shoulder examination

The Yakult Swallows announced today that Ross Ohlendorf temporarily returned to the United States for a second opinion on his right shoulder. He is expected to return to Japan before the end of the month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2017

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[8/17/2017] Shingo Kawabata to have surgery this month

The Yakult Swallows announced today that Shingo Kawabata will have surgery to treat a herniated disc some time this month. He developed the condition during spring camp this year and was hoping to avoid going under the knife.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2017, Sponichi 8/17/2017

[UPDATE 8/18 @ 12:55am]

A neck injury during a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on July 23 kept Kawabata out of addition rehab games until August 6. He decided to have surgery when he then developed pain near his lower back while throwing the ball during fielding practices.

Source: Sanspo 8/17/2017


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Yomiuri Giants 3 – Yakult Swallows 4 (August 17, 2017)

Yomiuri Giants vs Yakult Swallows @ Meiji Jingu Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Utsumi, Tetsuya (YOM) 2-5, 5.23 – Hoshi, Tomoya (YAK) 3-5, 4.44

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
Yakult 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 7 1

Attendance: 28773 | Time: 3h21m

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Yomiuri Giants 8 – Yakult Swallows 2 (August 16, 2017)

Yomiuri Giants vs Yakult Swallows @ Meiji Jingu Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Mikolas, Miles (YOM) 10-5, 2.46 – Hara, Juri (YAK) 2-7, 4.02

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 0 1 1 0 0 4 1 1 0 8 9 0
Yakult 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 8 4

Attendance: 24630 | Time: 3h7m

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Yomiuri Giants vs Tokyo Yakult Swallows (August 15, 2017) – CANCELED

Yomiuri Giants vs Yakult Swallows @ Meiji Jingu Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Mikolas, Miles (YOM) 10-5, 2.46 – Yamanaka, Hirofumi (YAK) 2-4, 4.33

Canceled at 16:30 due to rain.

Source: Yakult 8/15/2017

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