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[3/24/2015] 2015 NPB Season Portal

by on Mar.24, 2015 @ 3:11 pm, under NPB
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Central League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Hanshin 4 3 1 0 .750 0.0 19 16 3 2 .239 3.89
2 Yomiuri 4 2 2 0 .500 1.0 19 20 2 2 .242 4.89
2 Hiroshima 4 2 2 0 .500 1.0 11 12 1 2 .304 1.70
2 Yokohama 4 2 2 0 .500 1.0 22 22 5 3 .283 5.82
2 Yakult 4 2 2 0 .500 1.0 9 8 1 2 .221 2.00
6 Chunichi 4 1 3 0 .250 2.0 17 19 2 0 .277 4.54

Pacific League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Seibu 4 4 0 0 1.000 0.0 11 6 0 3 .238 1.50
2 Lotte 4 3 1 0 .750 1.0 15 12 1 5 .235 3.09
3 Softbank 4 2 2 0 .500 2.0 16 10 4 3 .294 2.00
3 Nippon Ham 4 2 2 0 .500 2.0 21 12 4 3 .300 2.83
5 Rakuten 4 1 3 0 .250 3.0 9 21 1 6 .226 3.97
6 Orix 4 0 4 0 .000 4.0 4 15 2 1 .168 4.22

Updated: 3/31/2015 @ 11:03pm

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[3/30/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.31, 2015 @ 4:19 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Television ratings for the opening series against Yokohama: Kanto region - 10.7% on March 27, 5.9% on March 28, and 6.3% on March 29. Source: Daily Sports 3/30/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Television ratings for the opening series against Chunichi: Kansai region - 11.8% (average) on March 27, 6.9% (average) on March 28, and 9.4% (average) on March 29. Source: Daily Sports 3/30/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons announced that they will send Ikusei pitcher Takahiro Kawasaki to the Kagawa Olive Guyners (Island League) from April 1 until the end of the season. Source: official announcement

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshihisa Naruse is set to make his first regular season start on March 31 against Hanshin. Source: Chunichi Sports 3/30/2015
  • Orlando Roman joined workouts at Jingu on March 30. He is slated to make his first start of the season on April 2 against Hanshin at Jingu. Source: Sponichi 3/30/2015

[3/30/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.31, 2015 @ 4:14 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed a bullpen session at the Saitozaki facilities on March 29. He threw eighteen pitches to a standing catcher and forty-one to a squatting catcher. He threw off a mound for the first time in twelve days. He could be ready to pitch in a Ni-gun three-game series at Naruohama that begins on April 3. Source: Nikkan Sport 3/30/2015
  • Jason Standridge and Dennis Sarfate will be donating money to the Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Initiatives Foundation. Standridge will donate 200,000 yen for every victory he records during the season, Sarfate 100,000 yen for every save. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito is scheduled to make his first regular season start on April 2 against Lotte at QVC Marine. Source: Sports Hochi 3/30/2015
  • Hideki Kuriyama likes the flexibility he believes Victor Garate can provide the team. He was supposed to start the season out of the bullpen, but got an emergency spot start when Hiroshi Urano went down with a right shoulder injury. Had he not pitched well, he might have been sent down to Ni-gun to make room for Luis Mendoza, but instead, the Fighters opted to keep him and take Michael Crotta off the active roster on March 30. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/29/2015
  • Morning Musume Maria Makino will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on April 7. Source: Sports Hochi 3/30/2015 ... Talento Sho Aikawa and comedian Daisuke Miyagawa will participate in the ceremonial first pitch on April 8. Source: Sports Hochi 3/30/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun game against Rakuten on March 29: Yusei Kikuchi threw three shutout innings in relief. He faced ten hitters, gave up one hit, walked none, struck out three, and topped out at 156km/h. Source: Sponichi 3/30/2015

Rakuten Eagles

[3/30/2015] Injury Updates: Morino (CHU), Ayatsugu (SOF), Inoue (LOT)

by on Mar.31, 2015 @ 4:07 am, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Masahiko Morino was diagnosed with a fracture in the distal phalanx of his right thumb. Morino suffered the injury when a thrown ball hit his right hand as he slid into second base during a game against Hanshin on March 29.

Source: Chunichi Sports 3/30/2015, Daily Sports 3/30/2015

Softbank's Ayatsugu Yamashita was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on March 30 and diagnosed with an injury to the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He will need about a week of rest and five to six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/30/2015

Seiya Inoue hurt his left index finger while trying to get back to second base during a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on March 28. The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that he suffered a fracture in the finger. Surgery is a possibility. He might be out until May.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/30/2015

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