Yomiuri Giants vs Yakult Swallows @ Shogin & Nissin Stadium Yamagata – 18:00
Starters: Taguchi, Kazuto (YOM) 11-5, 2.10 – Sato, Yoshinori (YAK) 4-2, 2.74
Yokohama Bay Stars vs Yakult Swallows @ Meiji Jingu Stadium – 13:00
Starters: Imanaga, Shota (YOK) 10-3, 3.64 – Ishikawa, Masanori (YAK) 13-4, 4.98
Attendance: 22006 | Time: 3h8m0 Comments
The Yakult Swallows signed thirty-four-year-old bullpen catcher Genki Nitta to an Ikusei contract. His uniform number will be 104. The Swallows decided to sign Nitta because they are running low on catchers at Ni-gun.
This is not the first time the Swallows signed someone on the staff to fill a hole in their farm system. In 2015, they signed batting practice pitcher/advance scout Kenta Abe to an Ikusei contract and used him as an outfielder.
Source: Daily Sports 6/24/20170 Comments
Carlos Rivero is apparently on his way to Japan. There was some internet chatter about the Hanshin Tigers possibly landing the twenty-nine-year-old, but Sanspo posted a report this morning that mentions the Yakult Swallows as an interested party with no mention of the Tigers.
Source: Sanspo 6/24/2017
[UPDATE 6/24 @ 4:04pm]
The Swallows are close to finalizing a contract with Rivero, according to newer reports from this afternoon.0 Comments
Yokohama Bay Stars vs Yakult Swallows @ Meiji Jingu Stadium – 14:00
Starters: Ishida, Kenta (YOK) 5-1, 3.60 – Hara, Juri (YAK) 13-2, 3.31
Attendance: 26208 | Time: 3h9m0 Comments
Yokohama Bay Stars vs Yakult Swallows @ Meiji Jingu Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Ino, Shoichi (YOK) 11-2, 3.50 – Buchanan, David (YAK) 12-4, 2.20
Attendance: 23966 | Time: 3h25m0 Comments
Nippon Ham Fighters vs Yakult Swallows @ Meiji Jingu Stadium – 13:00
Starters: Arihara, Kohei (HAM) 9-3, 6.83 – Ishikawa, Masanori (YAK) 12-4, 5.00
Attendance: 30566 | Time: 3h42m0 Comments
Nippon Ham Fighters vs Yakult Swallows @ Meiji Jingu Stadium – 14:00
Starters: Mendoza, Luis (HAM) 11-2, 3.56 – Buchanan, David (YAK) 11-3, 2.48
Attendance: 30236 | Time: 2h7m0 Comments
Akihisa Nishida fouled a pitch off his left shin during his at bat in the second inning of a game against Nippon Ham on June 16. He was removed from the game on defense in the fourth inning and taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests. He was diagnosed with a bruise. The Yakult Swallows are not planning to take him off the active roster for the time being.
Source: Sanspo 6/16/2017
[UPDATE 6/17 @ 4:10pm]
Nishia was diagnosed with a bruise on his left tibia.
Source: Sanspo 6/17/20170 Comments
Nippon Ham Fighters vs Yakult Swallows @ Meiji Jingu Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Takanashi, Hirotoshi (HAM) 13-3, 3.51 – Hoshi, Tomoya (YAK) 13-2, 3.72
Attendance: 29138 | Time: 3h2m0 Comments