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

Yomiuri
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Rotation
Chunichi
Games
News
Rotation
Yakult
Games
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Rotation
Hiroshima
Games
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Rotation
Hanshin
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Rotation
Yokohama
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Rotation
Nippon Ham
Games
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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: 7/27 @ 10:07pm)

Central League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Yomiuri 86 49 37 0 .570 0.0 360 350 81 67 .264 3.82
2 Hanshin 90 48 41 1 .539 2.5 388 384 65 40 .266 3.81
3 Hiroshima 87 46 40 1 .535 3.0 391 377 105 62 .268 3.79
4 Chunichi 90 44 43 3 .506 5.5 397 367 58 45 .266 3.76
5 Yokohama 86 38 46 2 .452 10.0 353 418 75 51 .253 4.22
6 Yakult 87 33 52 2 .388 15.5 410 461 82 42 .281 4.94

Pacific League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Softbank 90 52 34 4 .605 0.0 402 314 66 80 .286 3.19
2 Orix 89 52 37 0 .584 1.5 353 287 71 82 .256 2.81
3 Nippon Ham 89 44 44 1 .500 9.0 357 345 76 75 .245 3.52
4 Lotte 90 40 48 2 .455 13.0 356 413 62 42 .252 4.24
5 Seibu 87 39 48 0 .448 13.5 337 355 63 50 .251 3.70
6 Rakuten 89 37 52 0 .416 16.5 322 355 54 39 .256 3.81

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[7/28/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 1:25 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shuichi Murata's consecutive games streak ended at 676 games.  The streak started on September 21, 2009. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2014 ... Sunday marked the first time Murata and Shinnosuke Abe did not make the starting line-up in the same game.  It was just the sixth time two or more of  Hayato Sakamoto, Hisayoshi Chono, Abe, and Murata failed to make the starting line-up in the same game since 2012.  Sunday's game was the first time two or more of the four failed to make the starting line-up in a game before the team managed to clinch first place. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama joined Ichi-gun practices at Koshien on Monday.  He will most likely be added to the active roster on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada is scheduled to make his Ichi-gun debut against Yokohama at Koshien on August 3.  Iwasada tossed six shutout innings against Ni-gun Chunichi on Saturday (July 26).  He allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out seven. Source: Daily Sports 7/28/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yakult series at Koshien that begins on the 29th: Minoru Iwata, Kazuhito Futagami, Atsushi Nomi.  Possible starters for the Yokohama series at Koshien that begins on August 1: Shintaro Fujinami, Randy Messenger, and Iwasada. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2014
  • Hiroaki Saiuchi tossed three shutout innings in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on the 23rd.  He was added to the active roster on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2014
  • Kazuyuki Kaneda suffered a cut on his right middle finger during a game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium on the 26th.  He was taken off the active roster on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Nagoya on the 31st. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura threw 148 pitches during his start against the Yakult Swallows on Sunday.  It was the eighth time he threw 148 or more pitches in a game over his career.  His career high of 158 was set on April 25, 1996.  His thirty-one career victories against the Swallows is good for sole possession of  fourth on the franchise's all-time list, behind Noboru Akiyama's forty-five, Masaji Hiramatsu's thirty-eight, and Kazuhiko Endo's thirty-seven. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2014
  • The Bay Stars have won their last nine games against the Yakult Swallows.  The last time they carried a nine-game winning streak against one team during a season was in 1997 against Chunichi (eleven games between July 1 and August 28).  The last time they carried a nine-game winning streak against Yakult was in 1970 (ten games between May 9 and August 23). Source: Sanspo 7/28/2014

[7/28/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 1:19 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday against Softbank at Yamagata. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014
  • The new section of 3,019 seats on the third base side at kobo Stadium will open on August 30.  Stadium seating capacity will max out at 28,736. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tsutomu Ito was issued a stern warning and a 100,000 yen fine by the commissioner's office for his ejection on the 26th.  Ito was tossed for using abusive/strong language during an argument with the home plate umpire. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014
  • There is a good chance Alfredo Despaigne will make his Ichi-gun debut on the 29th.  Designated hitter seems likely.  Despaigne took twenty-seven swings during batting practice on Sunday and hit five over the fence. Source: Daily Sports 7/28/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuya Iida threw seventy-four pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  He is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against Rakuten at Yamagata. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014

[7/28/2014] Results from July 28 standard baseball tests

by on Jul.28, 2014 @ 9:08 pm, under NPB
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The NPB posted results for coefficient of restitution tests that were conducted on Mizuno's latest shipment of baseballs (3,600 boxes) from their plant in Shanghai.

Test Date: July 28, 2014

Number of Baseballs Tested: six boxes of twelve

Test Results

Sample Name Avg CoR
Group A 0.412
Group B 0.413
Group C 0.413
Group D 0.410
Group E 0.411
Group F 0.415
Total Avg 0.412

Coefficient of Restitution Limits: 0.4034 to 0.4234

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 7/28/2014