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by on Jan.22, 2014 @ 3:27 am, under NPB

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Chunichi
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Yakult
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Hiroshima
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Hanshin
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Yokohama
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Nippon Ham
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Seibu
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Softbank
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Rakuten
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Lotte
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Orix
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Standings (Last updated: 4/22 @ 10:21pm)

Central League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Hiroshima 20 14 6 0 .700 0.0 85 69 23 13 .248 2.87
2 Hanshin 22 14 8 0 .636 1.0 133 113 15 9 .300 4.76
3 Yomiuri 21 13 8 0 .619 1.5 101 86 24 21 .291 3.82
4 Chunichi 21 10 11 0 .476 4.5 99 96 14 9 .280 4.24
5 Yakult 20 6 14 0 .300 8.0 107 125 24 10 .285 6.01
6 Yokohama 20 5 15 0 .250 9.0 80 116 15 13 .249 5.35

Pacific League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Softbank 20 13 6 1 .684 0.0 87 58 13 22 .292 2.51
2 Orix 21 14 7 0 .667 0.0 79 65 16 15 .241 2.48
3 Rakuten 21 11 10 0 .524 3.0 97 79 12 8 .275 3.37
4 Nippon Ham 22 10 12 0 .455 4.5 81 104 16 23 .230 4.24
5 Lotte 21 8 12 1 .400 5.5 76 100 14 6 .246 4.50
6 Seibu 21 6 15 0 .286 8.0 64 78 10 16 .222 3.20

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[4/23/2014] Masahiro Tanaka, Ichiro Suzuki, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Apr.23, 2014 @ 4:50 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 4/22 NYY 9
BOS 3
RF 4 0 2 0 1 1 3 .371
Batted eighth. 1B8, BB, Ks, 2B7[2], G4. Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014, Sponichi 4/23/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 4/22 KCR 8
CLE 2
RF 3 0 1 0 2 2 2 .271
Batted lead-off. BB, Kl, Ks, BB-CS[3] (second base), 1B8. Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 4/22 BUF 5
SWB 6
SS 3 0 1 1 0 0   .226
Batted eighth. L7, E3t, SF8 RBI[2]-1B5b. Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 4/22 RRE 3
IOW 10
2B 4 0 0 0 0 1   .306
Batted lead-off. L7, Ks, G4, F8. Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014
Gosuke Katoh NYY 4/22 CRD 5
LWD 7
DH 4 0 1 0 0 2   .149
Batted seventh. F7, Ks, Ks, 1B9.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Masahiro Tanaka NYY 4/22 NYY 9
BOS 3
105-73 28 7.1 7 2 2 0 7 2 2.15
Started the game. Left in the bottom of the 8th with one out, none on, and New York up 9-2. Recorded the win (W, 3-0). His thirty-five strikeouts through four career starts is most for a Yankee pitcher and tied for third-most in the Majors over the past 100 years. MLB.com Highlight, MLB.com Post-Game Interviews, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014, Sponichi 4/23/2014, Sponichi 4/23/2014, ZakZak 4/23/2014
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/22 NYY 9
BOS 3
13-11 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston down 9-2. Has not allowed a run in eleven straight appearances from the start of the season. Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

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[4/22/2014] Injury Report: Kila Ka’aihue (Hiroshima), Chris Carpenter (Yakult)

by on Apr.23, 2014 @ 1:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei played catch at Giants Stadium on Tuesday for the first time since he had surgery on his right index finger (fracture). Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kila Ka'aihue took an HBP off his back in the 1st inning of Tuesday's game against Yakult.  He was removed from the game on defense in the bottom of the inning and taken to a hospital in Tokyo for an MRI.  He was diagnosed with a spinal cord concussion.  The Carp will wait to see how their slugger is doing on Wednesday before deciding what to do next.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars were going to let Jorge Sosa travel with the team until he showed up at the airport on Monday with a slight limp (tightness in his left thigh/leg).  Sosa was taken off the active roster and sent down to Ni-gun.  Kiyoshi Nakahata told reporters he did not want the reliever back until he was fully healed and ready to pitch.  Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Chris Carpenter took a batted ball hit by Ryosuke Kikuchi off the outer portion of his right knee in the 8th inning of Tuesday's game against Hiroshima.  He was removed from the game and taken to the hospital for an examination.  He was diagnosed with a bruise.  Whether he gets taken off the active roster on Wednesday will depend on how he is feeling.  Ryo Hidaka will be called up in case he is needed.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014, Sponichi 4/22/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kevin Youkilis took an HBP off the area near his right wrist during his at bat in the 2nd inning of Tuesday's game against Seibu.  He was removed on defense in the 3rd.  Tests conducted at a hospital in Sendai revealed no problems with the bones.  The team will make a decision on Youkilis after they see how he is feeling on Wednesday.  Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

[4/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.23, 2014 @ 1:21 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake's next start could come on the 27th against his former teammates.  Depending on how things work out, the opposing pitcher on the mound might be Kenta Maeda. Source: Daily Sports 4/22/2014 ... Assuming Otake pitches on the 27th, working backwards, Tetsuya Utsumi will get the start on the 26th and Toshiya Sugiuchi on the 25th.  This will allow the Giants to split two lefty starters with a righty during the Hiroshima series (25th-27th). Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome has been struggling.  He spent the last four days (beginning on the 18th) doing extra workouts and taking extra batting practice. Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014, Sponichi 4/22/2014
  • Through Monday, the Tigers are 66-132-5 in 203 games at Nagoya Dome.  They have winning records in four seasons: 2005 (6-5), 2007 (7-5), 2008 (7-4-1), 2013 (6-5). Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014 ... They won their game at Nagoya Dome on Tuesday.
  • Sanspo is carrying an interview with Mauro Gomez.  I don't have the time to translate it, but for those interested, here are direct links to the interview: one, two. ... Gomez set a new franchise record for first-year foreign players on Tuesday: he reached base in his twenty-second consecutive game since the start of the season. Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014
  • Fifteen-year-old golfer Minami Katsu made headlines by becoming the youngest winner in Japan LPGA history.  She is also a Hanshin fan and the Tigers would love to have her as a guest. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons currently have five pitchers in the rotation.  They might switch to starting pitchers on five days of rest this week. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • With Jorge Sosa out, 4th round draft pick Tomoya Mikami could get a look as the closer. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014 ... For now, Shun Yamaguchi will most likely step in as closer.  Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014
  • Pitchers Hitoshi Fujie, Atori Ota, and Kenjiro Tanaka joined the Ichi-gun team on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Former Swallow Yataro Sakamoto will continue his career with the Shinba Baseball Club.  He will be a pitcher/coach. Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014

[4/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Apr.23, 2014 @ 1:12 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui threw about 100 pitches in the bullpen on Monday in preparation for his next start on Wednesday.  Matsui is trying to find stability in his mechanics by improving the way he uses his right foot.  He is also working on pitching from the set position. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014, Daily Sports 4/22/2014, Sports Hochi 4/22/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines will begin giving away Monthly Best Hero Interview Awards.  Every month fans will have to a chance to vote for players that gave the best performances during their post-game hero interviews. Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are planning to go with a seven-man rotation when they play a stretch of nine consecutive games during the Golden Week break (April 29-May 7).  The two that get added to the current mix of five could be Kazuyuki Hoashi (May 1 vs Orix at Hotto Motto) and Shota Oba (May 5 vs Nippon Ham at YafuOku Dome). Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014
  • Hayato Terahara threw sixty-two pitches in the bullpen on Monday in preparation for his next start on the 23rd. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Mamoru Kishida is slated to start a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Wednesday.  Kishida was taken off the active roster on the 17th because he was not needed in the rotation.  He could rejoin the Ichi-gun team for an upcoming Softbank series that begins on the 29th. Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Anthony Carter was introduced to the media during a press conference at Tokyo Dome on Tuesday. Source: official announcement
  • The Fighters sold over 20,000 advance tickets for an inter-league game against Hanshin at Sapporo Dome on May 31 in a little over a week.  The game is drawing attention from fans because it has been announced as a Players Special Game for Shohei Otani. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014, Sponichi 4/22/2014