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[8/28/2015] WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup begins today

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The WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup tournament begins today.

Gm Time Venue Pool Home Team Score Visiting Team Links
August 28, 2015 (Fri)
1 09:00 Nanko Chuo Group A Mexico 0-10 Australia IBAF Box
2 09:00 Toyonaka Rose Group B Italy 1-4 Cuba IBAF Box
3 11:00 Maishima BS Group B South Korea 17-2 South Africa IBAF Box
4 12:30 Nanko Chuo Group B Chinese Taipei 2-6 Canada IBAF Box
5 12:30 Toyonaka Rose Group A United States 11-1 Czech Republic IBAF Box
6 18:00 Maishima BS Group A Japan 14-0 Brazil IBAF Box,
Nikkan Sports,
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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 116 61 54 1 .530 0.0 389 458 69 41 .248 3.63
2 Yakult 118 59 58 1 .504 3.0 466 439 88 66 .259 3.42
3 Yomiuri 120 60 59 1 .504 3.0 396 373 77 83 .241 2.80
4 Hiroshima 113 54 58 1 .482 5.5 423 389 90 66 .253 3.04
5 Chunichi 118 53 63 2 .457 8.5 402 421 64 79 .258 3.22
6 Yokohama 119 53 65 1 .449 9.5 423 491 89 49 .249 3.73

Pacific League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Softbank 111 73 35 3 .676 0.0 513 370 109 72 .269 3.07
2 Nippon Ham 116 68 47 1 .591 8.5 509 460 87 111 .257 3.49
3 Seibu 119 56 58 5 .491 20.0 501 478 111 63 .261 3.68
4 Lotte 111 53 57 1 .482 21.0 442 461 74 51 .258 3.96
5 Orix 116 48 66 2 .421 28.0 412 446 83 80 .247 3.58
6 Rakuten 113 46 64 3 .418 28.0 364 454 67 96 .242 3.54

Updated: 8/28/2015 @ 10:28pm

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[8/28/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on Aug.28, 2015 @ 8:13 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 8/27 PIT 2
MIA 1
RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .254
Batted ninth. Results: G4, L6, G6, G4. Nikkan Sports 8/28/2015, Sponichi 8/28/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 8/27 CHC 1
SFG 9
LF 3 1 1 0 1 0 2 .296
Batted lead-off. Results: F6, BB-SB[14]-R[40], G4(DP), 3B7[3]. Nikkan Sports 8/28/2015, Sponichi 8/28/2015. MLB.tv: Fan swims for foul ball.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/27 PAW 1
BUF 0
PH-SS 1 0 0 0 0 0   .254
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Jonathan Diaz in the bottom of the 8th. Remained in the game as the shortstop. Results: L9. Nikkan Sports 8/28/2015, Sponichi 8/28/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/27 PUL 4
BRI 2
2B 4 1 0 0 1 1   .285
Batted second. Results: L6, Ks, G4, BB-R[29], G3f.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 8/27 SRC 1
IOW 3
105-67 26 6.2 6 1 1 1 3 0 3.95
Started the game. Left in the top of the 7th with runners on first and second, two out, and Iowa up 3-1. He recorded the win (4-5). He went 0-for-2 (bG1f, Ks) at the plate. Nikkan Sports 8/28/2015, Sponichi 8/28/2015.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Toru Murata CLE 8/27 TOL 3
COL 4
  29 7.0 6 3 3 2 3 1 2.95
Started the game. Left in the top of the 7th with runners on first and second, no out, and Columbus up 3-1. Both runners he left on based scored after his departure. He did not factor into the final decision. Nikkan Sports 8/28/2015, Sponichi 8/28/2015.

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 11 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 1 (August 28, 2015)

by on Aug.28, 2015 @ 4:12 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:00
Starters: Yoshikawa, Mitsuo (HAM) 9-5, 3.28 - Nakata, Kenichi (SOF) 7-5, 3.19

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

Attendance: 38500 | Time: 4h1m | Softbank leads series, 10-6-0

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Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3 – Yokohama Bay Stars 6 (August 28, 2015)

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Hiroshima Carp vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Fukui, Yuya (HIR) 9-3, 3.04 - Mishima, Kazuki (YOK) 4-4, 4.09

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hiroshima 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 6 0
Yokohama 0 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 X 6 14 0

Attendance: 26713 | Time: 3h43m | Yokohama leads series, 13-7-0

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[8/27/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.28, 2015 @ 4:03 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano threw fifty-one pitches in the 4th inning of a game against Yakult on August 26. The last Yomiuri pitcher to throw fifty or more pitches in one inning was Hisanori Takahashi on September 4, 2007 (against Chunichi, 5th inning, fifty-seven pitches). Source: Sanspo 8/27/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Nelson Perez has hit three home runs in his last two Ni-gun games: he went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI against Orix on August 26 and 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI against Orix on August 27. He has ten home runs in thirty games at Ni-gun. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda picked up his tenth win of the season on August 27 and became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to record ten or more victories in at least six consecutive seasons. The other three: Ryohei Hasegawa (1950-1957), Manabu Kitabeppu (1978-1988), and Kazuhisa Kawaguchi (1986-1991). Source: Sponichi 8/27/2015
  • Kris Johnson picked up his tenth victory of the year on August 26 and became the sixth foreign pitcher in franchise history to win at least ten games in their first year in Japan. The other five: Robinson Checo 15-8 in 1995, Nathan Minchey 15-11 in 1998, John Bale 11-10 in 2004, Colby Lewis 15-8 in 2008, and Bryan Bullington 11-9 in 2011. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2015, Daily Sports 8/27/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons announced that the uniform Motonobu Tanishige wore when he played in his 3,018th game will be donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars became the first team in the NPB (excluding the Pacific League years where seasons were split in two) to fall into last place in the second-half of the season after finishing the first-half in first place. The worst finishes at this point belong to the 1960 Chunichi Dragons and the 2012 Cihba Lotte Marines -- both teams finished the first-half in first place but ended in fifth at the end of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2015, Sponichi 8/27/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Through August 17, Yasuhiro Ogawa is 16-4 with a 3.00 ERA in twenty-six games at Jingu Stadium over his career. Source: Sanspo 8/27/2015

[8/27/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

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Softbank Hawks

  • Rick van den Hurk recorded another win on August 26. His seven-game winning streak since the start of the season set a new NPB record for foreign pitchers in their first year. The previous record of six was held by Leo Kiely (1953), Brian Falkenborg (2009), and Bill Murphy (2010). Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2015, Sponichi 8/27/2015
  • Seiji Uebayashi blasted the first home run of his career, a grand slam, on August 25 against the Chiba Lotte Marines. He became the fifty-seventh player in NPB history (eighteen in the Pacific League, twenty-three in Central League, and sixteen during the one-league era) to record a grand slam for his first career home run, and fifth in franchise history, behind Kozaburo Matsumoto in 1941, Hiroyuki Yoshida in 1981, Hideyuki Yasuda in 1991, and Tadahito Iguchi in 1997. At twenty years and zero months, Uebayashi became the youngest player in franchise history to achieve the feat. The previous mark of twenty years and nine months was set by Hiroyuki Yoshida in 1981. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2015 ... Including foreign players, Uebayashi is the eighth player in franchise history to hit a grand slam for his first career home run. Source: Sponichi 8/26/2015
  • Yuya Hasegawa's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 3,986 grams, at a hospital in Fukuoka on August 25. Source: Sponichi 8/26/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes announced on August 27 that Hiroshi Moriwaki will become a senior adviser, effective September 1. He will officially step down as manager at the end of the month. His contract as senior adviser will be good through to the end of October next year. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 8/27/2015, Sponichi 8/27/2015