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[8/9/2018] Jorge Martinez leaves game after hurting finger

Jorge Martinez hit a double to right-center and reached third on a throwing error in the first inning of a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dpome on August 9. He then came around to score on a single to center by Shinnosuke Shigenobu. He did not take the field on defense in the top of the second inning. The media later learned that Martinez hurt his left pinky while sliding into third base.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/9/2018, Daily Sports 8/9/2018, Sanspo 8/9/2018

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[8/7/2018] Yomiuri Giants reach two million in attendance

The Yomiuri Giants reached two million in attendance on July 29, their forty-ninth home game of the season. The Giants made it to two million in the same number of games last year.

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[8/1/2018] Naoki Yoshikawa fractures left hand in headfirst slide

Naoki Yoshikawa slid headfirst into first base in the sixth inning against Yokohama on August 1 and extended his hitting streak to eighteen games on an infield hit. However, he also hurt his left hand in the process and had to be replaced by a pinch-runner.

Yoshikawa was later taken to a hospital for tests and diagnosed with a fracture in his left hand.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2018, Daily Sports 8/1/2018, Sponichi 8/1/2018, Sanspo 8/1/2018

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[7/30/2018] Yomiuri Giants add Seiya Matsubara to seventy-man roster

The Yomiuri Giants added Seiya Matsubara to their seventy-man roster. They held a press conference on July 30 to announced the decision. Matsubara’s uniform number will change from 009 to 59. His contract will be worth an estimated 4.2 million yen.

Matsubara played in seventy-seven Ni-gun games and recorded a slash line of .315/.355/.400.

Source: Yomiuri 7/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/30/2018, Daily Sports 7/30/2018, Sanspo 7/30/2018

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[7/29/2018] Scott Mathieson taken off active roster with knee pain

Scott Mathieson was taken off the active roster on July 29 because of pain in his left knee. He had been playing through the pain for a few games.

Source: Sanspo 7/29/2018, Sponichi 7/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/29/2018

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Jorge Martinez: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 28 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – Martinez recorded a first home run in his first career Ichi-gun plate appearance and became the sixty-second player in NPB history to hit a home run in their first at bat (first since Seiya Hosokawa on October 3, 2017) and eighth player in Giants history (first since Jose Lopez on March 29, 2013). He also joined Xavier Batista as the only foreign players with Ikusei experience in NPB history to hit a home run in their first at bats.

Source: Sponichi 7/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/28/2018

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[7/28/2018] Shun Yamaguchi tosses a no hitter

Shun Yamaguchi got the start against the Chunichi Dragons on July 27 and tossed a no hitter. He faced twenty-eight hitters, walked one, struck out five, and threw 103 pitches.

Yamaguchi became…

The Chunichi Dragons were no hit for the first time since May 8, 1999. They were no hit by the Giants for the first time since May 22, 1943.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/27/2018, Sponichi 7/27/2018, Daily Sports 7/27/2018, Sponichi 7/28/2018

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[7/28/2018] Yomiuri Giants add Jorge Martinez to seventy-man roster

The Yomiuri Giants announced that they added Ikusei infielder Jorge Martinez to their seventy-man roster on July 27. His uniform number will change from 027 to 96. His new contract is worth 48,000 US dollars and includes a 50,000 US dollars signing bonus.

Martinez made his Ichi-gun debut against the Chunichi Dragons on the same day. He got the start a second and batted seventh. He went 1-for-4 with a solo home run.

Source: Yomiuri 7/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/27/2018, Sanspo 7/27/2018

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[7/26/2018] Yomiuri Giants lose Taylor Jungmann to fractured hand

Taylor Jungmann took a batted ball off his left hand during the second inning of his last start on July 25 against Yakult. He stayed in the game and ended up with the loss after he allowed five runs (four earned) on ten hits and two walks over five innings. He was later examined at a hospital and diagnosed with a fracture in his left hand. He was taken off the active roster on July 26. It is unknown how long he will be out.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2018, Daily Sports 7/26/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018, Sanspo 7/26/2018

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Taylor Jungmann: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 25 vs Yakult at Kyocera Dome – Jungmann’s personal winning streak ended at three. A victory would have made Jungmann just the second foreign player in Giants history to start their careers 4-0 in four starts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2018

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