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2014 Climax Series: Central League

by on Oct.11, 2014 @ 6:21 pm, under NPB
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2014 Standings

Central League Climax Series

Final Stage

Climax Series MVP: Seung-Hwan Oh.

Best of seven, home team has one game advantage.

Hanshin wins series, 4-1.

Date Time Gm Venue Away Score Home Attendance Time
10/15 Wed 6:00 1 Tokyo Dome Hanshin
SP: Fujinami
W: Fujinami
4-1 Yomiuri
SP: Utsumi
L: Utsumi
44871 2:59
10/16 Thu 6:00 2 Tokyo Dome Hanshin
SP: Iwata
W: Iwata
5-2 Yomiuri
SP: Sawamura
L: Sawamura
44728 3:19
10/17 Fri 6:00 3 Tokyo Dome Hanshin
SP: Messenger
W: Ando
4-2 Yomiuri
SP: Sugiuchi
L: Yamaguchi
46025 3:44
10/18 Sat 6:00 4 Tokyo Dome Hanshin
SP: Nomi
W: Nomi
8-4 Yomiuri
SP: Koyama
L: Koyama
46311 3:42
10/19 Sun 6:00 5 Tokyo Dome Hanshin   Yomiuri    
10/20 Mon 6:00 6 Tokyo Dome Hanshin   Yomiuri    

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2014 Climax Series: Pacific League

by on Oct.11, 2014 @ 6:18 pm, under NPB
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2014 Standings

Pacific League Climax Series

Final Stage

Best of seven, home team has one game advantage.

Series tied at , 3-3.

Date Time Gm Venue Away Score Home Attendance Time
10/15 Wed 6:00 1 YafuOku Dome Nippon Ham
SP: Urano
L: Urano
2-3 Softbank
SP: Otonari
W: Igarashi
28087 3:19
10/16 Thu 6:00 2 YafuOku Dome Nippon Ham
SP: Nakamura
W: Kagiya
5-1 Softbank
SP: Takeda
L: Takeda
29775 3:30
10/17 Fri 6:00 3 YafuOku Dome Nippon Ham
SP: Yoshikawa
W: Yoshikawa
12-4 Softbank
SP: Settsu
L: Settsu
31176 3:13
10/18 Sat 1:00 4 YafuOku Dome Nippon Ham
SP: Kisanuki
L: Kisanuki
2-5 Softbank
SP: Nakata
W: Nakata
31647 4:20
10/19 Sun 1:00 5 YafuOku Dome Nippon Ham
SP: Otani
W: Kagiya
6-4 Softbank
SP: Standridge
L: Sarfate
34070 4:26
10/20 Mon 6:00 6 YafuOku Dome Nippon Ham   Softbank    

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[10/19/2014] Climax Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 6:27 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez set a new Central League record with eight RBI in one Climax Series stage (Final Stage). The previous record of six was set by Michihiro Ogasawara during the Second Stage of the 2008 Climax Series and Masahiko Morino during the Second Stage of the 2009 Climax Series. The NPB record of ten was set by Terrmel Sledge during the Second Stage of the 2009 Climax Series. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka recorded the fifth Climax Series modasho of his career on Saturday and set a new Playoff/Climax Series record. The previous record of four was held by Kensuke Tanaka, Michihiro Ogasawara, and Kazuhiro Wada. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiro Matsuda collected hits in six consecutive trips to the plate (from his last at bat in Game 3 through all four of his at bats in Game 4 and his first at bat in Game 5) and set a new Playoff record. The previous record of five was set by Taketoshi Goto (Second Stage of the 2008 Climax Series, between Games 4 and 5, includes a walk) and Yohei Oshima (First Stage of the 2012 Climax Series, between Games 2 and 3). Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014, Jiji Press 10/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014, Sanspo 10/19/2014
  • Yuki Yanagita hit a lead-off home run on Saturday and became the eighth player to hit a lead-off home run in a Playoff/Climax Series game. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Kenichi Nakata picked up his fifth career Climax Series victory on Saturday and joined Yu Darvish and Kazuki Yoshimi as the only pitchers to record five Playoff/Climax Series victories. He also joined Kiyoshi Toyoda (Seibu, Yomiuri), Dennis Houlton (Softbank, Yomiuri), Toshiya Sugiuchi (Softbank, Yomiuri), and Takahiro Mahara (Softbank, Orix) as the only players to record the victories with two different teams. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014
  • The Hawks have prepared 3,000 beers and eight barrels of sake in case they win the Final Stage. Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

Pacific League

  • The Nippon Ham Fighters and Softbank Hawks combined for twenty-four strikeouts through the first nine innings of Sunday's game and set a new Pacific League postseason record. The Central League postseason record of twenty-five was set in 2007 during the Second Stage between Chunichi and Yomiuri. The thirty-two strikeouts over the entire eleven-inning game on Sunday set a new postseason record (includes extra-inning games). Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014

[10/19/2014] Rumors: Jose Lopez, Chris Seddon (Yomiuri), Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi)

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 6:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Jose Lopez and Scott Mathieson left Japan on the 19th. Lopez is a question mark for next season. He is interested in returning. Mathieson will be in the second year of a two-year deal in 2015. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Leslie Anderson might require left elbow surgery during the winter. There is a good chance the Giants will ask him back. Frederich Cepeda will most likely return. The Giants are expected to part ways with Chris Seddon. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei and Kentaro Nishimura both earned domestic FA options this year. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • The Giants are planning to look into Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014 ... The Giants will be keeping an eye on Yulieski Gourriel and Alfredo Despaigne. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014 ... The Giants are not planning to offer Cepeda a contract for 2015 and are looking into Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata could be reassigned to Ichi-gun head coach. Ni-gun chief/hitting coach Hideo Furuya could take over as Ni-gun manager. Ichi-gun general coach Haruki Yoshitake could join the front office. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi and Shogo Kimura earned their domestic FA options this year. They are expected to meet team officials on the 20th to discuss their options. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda has not given up on his dream to play in the Majors and would like to head overseas sooner rather than later. This winter may not be in the cards. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai on his FA option: "There was a time when I wanted to know what kind of interest other teams had in me, but not anymore. More than that, I learned that I have a really strong bond with this team (Chunichi)." Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata would like to see Yulieski Gourriel return to the Bay Stars next season. Nakahata plans to work him harder if he does. "I treated him like a guest this year, things will be different next year. He doesn't really seem interested in defense. He doesn't like practicing, but he will have to if he does not want to become a distraction. I'll sit down and talk to him about it [if he comes back]." Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows would like Hiroyasu Tanaka and Ryoji Aikawa to return in 2015. They are expected to begin negotiations with the two players soon. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014

Rakuten Eagles

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are putting together a list of foreign player candidates in case negotiations with Wily Mo Pena fall through. Kila Ka'aihue is one of the candidates on the list. There may be other players with NPB experience on the list. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

[10/19/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 5:32 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kazuhisa Kawaguchi will be stepping down as general pitching coach. He will be joining the front office on a part-time basis. The Giants decided to accept hitting coach Hideki Hashigami's resignation. Source: official announcement
  • The Giants have approached Yoshinobu Takahashi about being a player/hitting coach next year. The veteran has shown an interest in taking on the added responsibilities. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014, Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Hisayoshi Chono will get his right elbow cleaned out during the off-season. He will most likely require about two months for a full recovery and should be fine for spring camp next year. He might also need right knee surgery. Kenji Yano will also be getting his right elbow cleaned out. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada (right wrist) started using both hands while taking soft-toss batting practice on Sunday. He also resumed playing catch. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014
  • Shota Suzuki threw thirty pitches in the bullpen after his Phoenix League start on Saturday. Motonobu Tanishige caught the session. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014
  • A number of players spent time signing autographs for fans that came to watch fall practices over the weekend. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014

Phoenix League: Scores from October 19, 2014

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 9:56 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Softbank Hawks at Ivy Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Lotte 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 5
Softbank 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

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LG Twins vs Shikoku Island League at Ikimenomori Stadium 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
LG 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
Island League 1 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 x 8

Home Runs
Island League: Nakagawa, Tatsuya; Nezu, Kazuki

Official Box Score

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Rakuten Eagles vs Orix Buffaloes at Kirishima Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Rakuten 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Orix 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 1 x 6

Home Runs
Orix: Goto, Shunta

Official Box Score

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Yomiuri Giants vs Chunichi Dragons at Hisamine Baseball Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Yomiuri 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Chunichi 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 x 5

Home Runs
Yomiuri: Kawano, Genki

Official Box Score

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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Hanshin Tigers at Sokken Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 1

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

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Yakult Swallows vs Hanwha Eagles at Saitobaru Athletic Park Baseball Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Yakult 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Hanwha 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 x 3

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

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Seibu Lions vs Doosan Bears at Nango Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Seibu 0 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 7
Doosan 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 5

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

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Yokohama Bay Stars vs Hiroshima Carp at Tenpuku Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Yokohama 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4
Hiroshima 0 0 0 6 3 0 0 2 x 11

Home Runs
Hiroshima: Suzuki, Seiya

Official Box Score

Hiroshima: Seiya Suzuki hit a two-run home run off Yoshiki Sunada in the 4th inning. Daily Sports 10/19/2014

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CS: Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 6 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 4 (October 19, 2014)

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 13:00
Starters: Otani, Shohei (HAM) 11-4, 2.61 - Standridge, Jason (SOF) 11-8, 3.30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 2 6 12 0
Softbank 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 0

Attendance: 34070 | Time: 4h26m | Nippon Ham leads series, 3-2-0

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[10/18/2014] Climax Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh joined Masahide Kobayashi (2005, Second Stage, saves in Games 1, 2, 5) and Hitoki Iwase (2007, Second Stage, saves in Games 1-3) as the only players to record three save in one Climax Series stage; also joined Iwase as the only players to record saves in three consecutive games in one Climax Series stage. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Oh tied Iwase's 2007 Central League record for most saves during a Climax Series with four. The NPB record of five was set by Kobayashi in 2005. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuichi Honda (left ring finger) resumed fielding practice on Friday. Honda suffered a fracture in his left ring finger on August 2. He was given the green light to move forward with his workouts during an exam at a hospital on the 16th. Assuming no setbacks, he could begin playing in the Phoenix League on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw about forty pitches in the bullpen in preparation for his start on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014
  • Dai-Kang Yoh became the eleventh player to hit two home runs in a Playoff/Climax Series game on Friday. Yoh also became the eighth player to hit the home runs in consecutive trips to the plate; and the fifth to do it in back-to-back innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

[10/18/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Wily Mo Pena (Orix), Kila Ka’aihue (Hiroshima)

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Hiroshima Carp

  • The media learned Kila Ka'aihue will not be returning to Hiroshima next year. There is a good chance Zach Phillips will be offered a contract. Bryan Bullington was offered a contract, but Kam Mickolio is still a question mark. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai is expected to inform the Dragons of his decision when the two sides get together for their second meeting. He does not appear interested in testing the free agent market. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Yamai has not made a decision yet and could still exercise his FA option. He hopes to finalize his plans during his second meeting. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014 ... According to a Sanspo report, Yamai may have been offered a multi-year deal worth over 100 million yen. Source: Sanspo 10/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines have given Yoshihisa Naruse permission to skip fall practices and spend time away from the team to think about what he wants to do with his FA option. He could meet with team officials again early next week. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena left Japan out of Osaka Airport on Saturday. Before leaving, he told reporters he was disappointed the Buffaloes finished in second and wanted to do more to help the team next year, if given the chance. He also said he was not looking for anything specific in his contract and would rather return to Orix next year if possible. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014 ... Pena told reporters he still felt pain in his right pectoralis major and planned to have it examined on the Monday after he returned to the United States. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014 ... Pena is seeking a mult-year deal. Orix is thinking more along the lines of a one-year contract. Source: Sports Hochi 10/18/2014
  • The Buffaloes are interested in the KBO's Won-Kun Chang. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

[10/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe went 2-for-16 during the Final Stage. He batted clean-up in all four games. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) worked out at Giants Stadium on Saturday. He did some long distance throwing and maxed out at about seventy meters. It was the longest distance he threw since he resumed throwing after his injury. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Sugano could throw pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen as early as the 21st. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda was a guest commentator on the broadcast for the Hanshin-Yomiuri Final Stage Climax Series game on Saturday. When asked about posting, he replied, "I'm not really sure, I need to talk things over with the team first. This is not something I alone can decide." Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Shuhei Takahashi had to field 200 grounders after a game of rock, scissor, paper with Motonobu Tanshige on the 17th. Tanishige spent about an hitting balls to Takahashi. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Fall practices under new manager Mitsuru Manaka started at Jingun Gaien on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) participated in fall practices. After playing some catch, he threw fifty pitches in the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014
  • There is a chance Wladimir Balentien will miss spring camp next year. Balentien had surgery on his left Achilles tendon earlier this month on the 1st and could require about six months for a full recovery. The Swallows will request his presence at spring camp if he is healthy enough, but will not force him to attend if he still needs time. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014

[10/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:16 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Hotaka Yamakawa hurt the back of his right thigh while running the bases in a game against Orix on the 16th. He returned to Saitama on Friday and will be examined at a hospital. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Daily Sports 10/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Players worked out with authorized CPBL baseballs on Saturday. They are scheduled to play three exhibition games against the Lamigo Monkeys later this month and into next. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014