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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 Yakult 24 15 9 0 .625 0.0 76 48 10 9 .241 1.65
2 Yomiuri 24 13 11 0 .542 2.0 78 72 8 19 .239 2.80
3 Chunichi 26 14 12 0 .538 2.0 83 82 8 16 .270 2.61
4 Yokohama 24 12 12 0 .500 3.0 97 101 21 16 .260 3.94
5 Hanshin 23 9 14 0 .391 5.5 71 105 10 10 .233 4.19
6 Hiroshima 21 8 13 0 .381 5.5 60 57 6 13 .241 2.23

Pacific League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Nippon Ham 22 14 8 0 .636 0.0 92 68 18 19 .240 2.61
2 Softbank 23 12 9 2 .571 1.5 78 71 15 12 .255 2.59
3 Seibu 21 11 9 1 .550 2.0 71 65 16 11 .242 2.63
4 Lotte 22 10 12 0 .455 4.0 86 86 6 14 .256 3.66
5 Rakuten 22 9 11 2 .450 4.0 61 89 10 26 .236 3.31
6 Orix 24 8 15 1 .348 6.5 76 85 13 12 .240 3.04

Updated: 4/25/2015 @ 9:02pm

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[4/25/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Koji Uehara, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Apr.25, 2015 @ 6:38 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 4/24 SFG 4
COL 6
PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .311
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Yusmeiro Petit in the top of the 9th. Results: Ks. Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 4/24 WSH 2
MIA 3
LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .263
Batted seventh. Results: L3, 1B6-R[6], G3. Ichiro tied Sadaharu Oh's NPB record with his 1,967 career NPB (658) + MLB (1,309) run. Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 4/24 SAV 0
CRD 1
2B 3 0 0 0 0 1   .156
Batted sixth. Results: F8, G1, Ks.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/24 BOS 7
BAL 5
18-12 5 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 1 1.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with Boston up 7-4. He picked up a hold (4). Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 4/24 BOS 7
BAL 5
23-16 5 1.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with Boston up 7-5. He recorded a save (3). Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015. MLB.tv highlight.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Toru Murata CLE 4/24 LOU 7
COL 11
70-40 15 3.0 3 4 4 4 0 0 4.00
Started the game. Left the game after three innings with Columbus down 4-3. Did not factor into the decision Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015.

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[4/24/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Apr.25, 2015 @ 12:37 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez did not participate in practices at Koshien on April 24 because of a fever. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015
  • Yutaka Wada might sit Matt Murton if he feels it will benefit everyone. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2015, Sanspo 4/24/2015
  • Randy Messenger appeared to lack focus and drive during his two at bats on April 22 -- he did not lift the bat off his shoulder during his first at bat in the 3rd inning and struck out looking on four pitches; and attempted a slash bunt during his second at bat in the 4th and ultimately struck out looking. Team official Eiichi Takano told reporters on April 23, without revealing anything that might give away their strategies, that there were misunderstandings. During his first at bat, he was reportedly waiting for a slider to hit. During his second at bat, he missed the bunt sign and tried the slash bunt on his own. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015, Sponichi 4/24/2015, Daily Sports 4/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi's next start could come during a Yokohama series that begins on May 1 at Nagoya Dome. Source: Sports Hochi 4/24/2015 ... Yoshimi has not allowed a run in twenty innings from his first outing of the season. The NPB record of 38.1 scoreless innings from the pitcher's first outing of the season was set by Satoshi Takahashi in 1939. The Central League record of thirty-one was set by Etsuo Nakai in 1963. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hisanori Takahashi could get Guillermo Moscoso's next start on April 29 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium. Moscoso was diagnosed with a strain in his left hamstring and taken off the active roster on April 23. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015, Sports Hochi 4/24/2015

[4/25/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Apr.25, 2015 @ 12:34 pm, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ni-gun game against Lotte on April 24: Yuki Saito started the game and gave up eight runs on ten hits over 3.1 innings of work. He did not allow a run in the 1st, surrendered a solo home run in the 2nd, did not allow a run in the 3rd, and gave up seven runs on seven hits in the 4th. He faced twenty-one hitters, walked none, hit one, and struck out two. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara could make his Ichi-gun debut in June. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on April 24: second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka started the game and gave up four runs on five hits over two innings of work. He did not allow a run in the 1st and gave up four runs on five hits, including four doubles, in the 2nd. He faced fifteen, walked three, struck out one, and topped out at 148km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015, Sports Hochi 4/24/2015
  • Yuhei Nakaushiro (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman on April 22. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015
  • Seven Lotte personnel, including players Takayuki Kanamori and Katsuya Kakunaka, have recently recently been diagnosed with the flu. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2015

Seibu Lions

Chiba Lotte Marines 7 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3 (April 25, 2015)

by on Apr.25, 2015 @ 12:10 pm, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 14:00
Starters: Rhee, Dae-Eun (LOT) 3-0, 3.33 - Norimoto, Takahiro (RAK) 1-2, 2.17

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lotte 0 1 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 12 0
Rakuten 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 0

Attendance: 21508 | Time: 3h26m | Series tied, 2-2-0

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Orix Buffaloes 7 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3 (April 25, 2015)

by on Apr.25, 2015 @ 12:10 pm, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Orix Buffaloes vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Sapporo Dome - 14:00
Starters: Dickson, Brandon (ORI) 1-3, 2.17 - Uwasawa, Naoyuki (HAM) 1-2, 2.66

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Orix 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 7 9 0
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 9 2

Attendance: 27257 | Time: 3h24m | Nippon Ham leads series, 4-1-0

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Chunichi Dragons 2 – Yokohama Bay Stars 5 (April 25, 2015)

by on Apr.25, 2015 @ 12:09 pm, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 14:00
Starters: Valdes, Raul (CHU) 0-1, 1.59 - Yamaguchi, Shun (YOK) 2-1, 4.76

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
Yokohama 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 X 5 9 0

Attendance: 28519 | Time: 2h31m | Yokohama leads series, 3-2-0

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[4/24/2015] Yakult Swallows: Balentien to miss four to six weeks with hamstring strain

by on Apr.24, 2015 @ 8:50 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows added Wladimir Balentien to the active roster today in time for the Yomiuri Giants series. The slugger had surgery on his left Achilles in October last year and hit a couple of bumps along the way, but still managed to make the active roster a few days earlier than originally planned. Unfortunately, his much anticipated return might have ended in smoke as he tweaked his left hamstring while running down a fly ball hit by Yomiuri's Shuichi Murata in the 5th inning. He remained in the game until the end of the inning, but did not return to left in the 6th.

The Swallows official line: he was removed from the game as a precaution because he felt discomfort in his left hamstring while playing defense in the 5th inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015, Sports Hochi 4/24/2015, Sanspo 4/24/2015, Sponichi 4/24/2015

UPDATE 4/25 @ 11:07pm

Balentien was taken off the active roster on April 25 with a strain in his left rectus femoris. He will require about four to six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Chunichi Sports 4/25/2015