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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 Yomiuri 99 51 47 1 .520 0.0 327 311 65 71 .241 2.86
2 Yakult 97 49 47 1 .510 1.0 389 361 70 52 .260 3.42
3 Hanshin 96 48 47 1 .505 1.5 308 394 55 36 .240 3.74
4 Hiroshima 93 44 48 1 .478 4.0 364 322 71 52 .261 3.11
5 Yokohama 98 46 51 1 .474 4.5 358 404 73 45 .255 3.77
6 Chunichi 97 40 55 2 .421 9.5 327 353 57 63 .258 3.24

Pacific League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Softbank 92 60 29 3 .674 0.0 421 301 84 58 .269 2.97
2 Nippon Ham 95 53 41 1 .564 9.5 415 394 70 89 .258 3.62
3 Lotte 92 45 46 1 .495 16.0 378 380 63 45 .261 3.98
4 Seibu 98 44 49 5 .473 18.0 398 399 97 49 .261 3.75
5 Rakuten 94 42 49 3 .462 19.0 316 374 58 86 .244 3.44
6 Orix 95 40 53 2 .430 22.0 351 359 66 58 .250 3.51

Updated: 8/4/2015 @ 10:01pm

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[8/5/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Aug.05, 2015 @ 6:29 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 8/4 NYM 5
MIA 1
RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .244
Entered the game as a defensive replacement partway through the top of the 8th. Results: 1B9. Nikkan Sports 8/5/2015, Nikkan Sports 8/5/2015, Sponichi 8/5/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 8/4 SFG 8
ATL 3
LF 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 .308
Batted lead-off. Results: F9, G4, F9, F9, HR9[3] one RBI[22]. Nikkan Sports 8/5/2015, Nikkan Sports 8/5/2015, Sponichi 8/5/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/4 PUL 2
BRL 3
2B 4 0 0 0 0 1   .289
Batted fifth. Results: L4, G6, Ks, G6f. Committed a fielding error[6] in the bottom of the 3rd.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Masahiro Tanaka NYY 8/4 BOS 3
NYY 13
88-56 23 6.0 5 3 3 1 3 1 3.84
Started the game. Left after giving up a home run to the first batter he faced in the top of the 7th with New York up 4-3. Got the win (8-4). Nikkan Sports 8/5/2015, Nikkan Sports 8/5/2015, Sponichi 8/5/2015. MLB.tv: Tanaka goes six-plus innings, Swihart's RBI single, Bradley Jr.'s sacrifice fly, Tanaka turns two, Panda's long solo shot.

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[8/4/2015] 97th Summer Koshien News and Notes

by on Aug.05, 2015 @ 4:35 am, under High School, Summer Koshien
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There are 161 registered pitchers from the forty-nine schools participating in the Summer Koshien tournament this year. The Japan High School Baseball Federation announced today that the pitchers were examined and none were banned from pitching due to shoulder or elbow problems.

Source: Sanspo 8/4/2015

Other notes:

  • Field checks for each school ended on August 4.
  • The opening ceremony rehearsal will take place on August 5.
  • The captain that reads the player oath is usually selected in a drawing. Organizers wanted to do something different this year because they are celebrating 100 years since the first tournament and selected Toba to honor the first champions from 1915. (Kyoto Dai-Ni Junior High School won the first tournament in 1915. Kyoto Dai-Ni later became Toba.)
  • Toba (Kyoto) captain Seigo Umetani will present the player's oath during the opening ceremony.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2015, Sponichi 8/3/2015

[8/4/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.05, 2015 @ 3:52 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants have given Alex Castellanos a five-day leave to be with his pregnant partner. He can take the leave the moment he feels his partner might give birth. Source: ZakZak 8/4/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami's next start could come on August 8 against Yokhama. Source: Sanspo 8/4/2015
  • The Tigers will most likely offer general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura an extension. Source: Sanspo 8/4/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kris Johnson could make his next start on August 7 against Yomiuri on five days of rest. Kenta Maeda could make his next start on August 8 against Yomiuri on seven days of rest. Source: Sports Hochi 8/4/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda has recorded thirty victories in the month of August over his career (NPB + MLB). Most in any given month during the season. His thirty-two wins in September is second highest. In the two months in Japan, he is a combined 36-23. (Data through August 3) Source: Daily Sports 8/4/2015

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Potential starters for the Chunichi series that begins on August 4: Yasutomo Kubo, Daisuke Miura, and Kenta Ishida. Source: Sports Hochi 8/4/2015
  • Potential starters for the Hanshin series that begins on August 7: Yoshiki Sunada, Kentaro Takasaki, and Guillermo Moscoso. Source: Sports Hochi 8/4/2015
  • Kiyoshi Nakahata plans to live and die with Yoshitomo Tsutsugo. Source: Sponichi 8/4/2015
  • Tomo Otosaka was involved in a minor car accident at around 2:30pm on August 3. He hit a car in front of him while driving on a regular road in Yokohama. No one was hurt. Source: Sponichi 8/4/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Shohei Tateyama's pitching schedule in August, assuming starts on ten days of rest, could looking something like this: August 4 against Yomiuri, August 15 against Hanshin, and August 26 against Yomiuri. Source: Daily Sports 8/4/2015, Sponichi 8/4/2015