Yomiuri Giants (読売ジャイアンツ)

[6/16/2018] Samuel Adames added to seventy-man roster

The Yomiuri Giants added Ikusei pitcher Samuel Adames to their seventy-man roster on June 16. His uniform number changed from 025 to 92. According to media reports, he agreed to 56,000 US dollars and a signing bonus worth 50,000 US dollars (all estimates).

The Giants now have six foreign players on their seventy-man roster: Adames, Scott Mathieson, Arquimedes Caminero, Taylor Jungmann, Casey McGehee, and Alex Guerrero.

Source: Yomiuri 6/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/16/2018, Daily Sports 6/16/2018, Sponichi 6/16/2018, Sanspo 6/16/2018, Mainichi 6/16/2018


Takumi Oshiro: Did You Know



June 10 vs Seibu – Oshiro notched the first walk-off hit of his career. With the game tied at two and the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Oshiro entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Seiji Kobayashi. He recorded a walk-off hit to right.

Oshiro is the ninth Yomiuri rookie (accomplished eleven times) to record a walk-off hit, first since Ryuichi Kajimae hit a walk-off home run against Lotte on June 6, 2008. He is the first Yomiuri rookie to record a pinch-hit, walk-off hit and the first Yomiuri rookie catcher to record a walk-off.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/11/2018, Daily Sports 6/10/2018, Sanspo 6/10/2018, Sponichi 6/11/2018


Alex Guerrero: Did You Know



May 30 vs Nippon Ham at Tokyo Dome – Guerrero hit the JR Higashi Nihon billboard in left in the seventh inning. He will get a VIEW gift certificate worth one million yen.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2018


[5/11/2018] New Tokyo Dome Attendance Record

The Yomiuri Giants took on the Chunichi Dragons at Tokyo Dome on May 11. Tomoyuki Sugano tossed a five-hit shutout in front of 46,855 fans, most at Tokyo Dome since attendance figures became public in 2005. The previous record of 46,831 was set during a Hiroshima – Yomiuri game on July 12, 2012.

Source: Sanspo 5/11/2018, Sponichi 5/11/2018


Tetsuya Utsumi: Did You Know



May 10 vs Hanshin at Tokyo Dome – Utsumi started the game and picked up the win. He joined Hiromi Makihara (1983 – 1999), Tsuneo Horiuchi (1966 – 1981), and Masaki Saito (1988 – 2001) as the only players in Yomiuri history to record at least one win in fourteen consecutive seasons.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/10/2018, Sanspo 5/11/2018


[4/26/2018] Seibu nine or more in five straight, Yomiuri first twenty run game since 1955

The Seibu Lions set a Pacific League record on April 25 by scoring nine or more runs in their fifth straight game. From April 18: nine, nine, nine, eleven, twelve. The Hanshin Tigers are the only other team in NPB history to score nine or more runs in five consecutive games (2005, from April 2 to 7).

Source: Sponichi 4/26/2018, Sponichi 4/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2018

The Yomiuri Giants beat the Chunichi Dragons 20-4 on April 25. For the Giants, it was the tenth time they scored twenty or more runs in a game in franchise history, first since they recorded twenty-five runs against Hiroshima on June 22, 1955. For the Dragons, it was the first time they allowed twenty or more runs in a game since they gave up twenty runs against Yakult on May 3, 2004.

Source: Daily Sports 4/25/2018, Sponichi 4/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2018, ZakZak 4/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2018, Sponichi 4/25/2018


[4/16/2018] Giants first to ten losses, Bay Stars extend win streak to eight

The Yomiuri Giants dropped their game against the Hiroshima Carp 5-4 on April 15 and became the first team in the Central League to lose ten games this season. The last time the Giants dropped ten within their first fifteen games of the season was when they went 4-10 in fourteen games in 1947. They have now been the first to ten losses in the CL four times (1947, 1975, 2004, 2018).

The Yokohama Bay Stars beat the Chunichi Dragons 6-1 on April 15 and extended their winning streak to eight. The last time the Bay Stars recorded an eight-game winning streak was when they won nine in a row between July 15 and August 2, 2001. This was the first time the team put together an eight-game winning streak in April.

The Bay Stars also set a new franchise record by scoring the first run of the game in all eight games of their winning streak. Their previous record was seven in October 1950.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2018, Sponichi 4/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2018, Sponichi 4/16/2018, Sanspo 4/16/2018


Shunta Tanaka: Did You Know


The Yomiuri Giants announced on April 9 that Tanaka (24) filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Kanagawa in January 2018. He moved out of the team dormitory on the day of the announcement.

Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2018, Sanspo 4/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/9/2018


[4/7/2018] Makoto Aoyama fined 50,000 yen for ejection

Makoto Aoyama was ejected from an Eastern League game against Lotte at Lotte Urawa on April 5. He argued with the home plate umpire after he was called out on a close play at home plate. The NPB announced on April 6 that they gave Aoyama a stern warning and a 50,000 fine.

Source: NPB 4/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/6/2018, Daily Sports 4/6/2018


[4/3/2018] Daikan Yoh suffers fracture after taking pitch off hand

Daikan Yoh took a pitch off his left hand when he led-off a game against the Chunichi Dragons on April 3. He was taken to a hospital in Nagoya for tests and was diagnosed with a fracture in his left hand.

Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2018, Tokyo Sports 4/3/2018, Sanspo 4/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/3/2018, Sponichi 4/3/2018

[UPDATE 5/18 @ 11:37am]

Yoh participated in a batting practice scrimmage during San-gun practices at Giants Stadium on May 17. He is expected to play in a San-gun exhibition game against the Baseball First League on May 19. Assuming no setbacks, he could return to the active roster in time for the Hanshin series that begins on May 25.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2018, Sanspo 5/18/2018, Sponichi 5/18/2018

[UPDATE 5/19 @ 5:08pm]

Yoh got the start at center and batted lead-off against the BFL on May 19. He hit two home runs: a solo shot to left in the first inning and a two-run homer to right in the second inning.

Source: Daily Sports 5/19/2018

[UPDATE 5/20 @ 2:55pm]

Yoh ended up going 4-for-4 with three RBI on May 19 (after hitting two home runs, he recorded back-to-back singles to left).

Source: Daily Sports 5/20/2018, Sanspo 5/20/2018

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