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

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Yokohama
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Seibu
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Softbank
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Standings (Last updated: 7/23 @ 10:46pm)

Central League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Yomiuri 83 48 35 0 .578 0.0 353 332 80 64 .265 3.74
2 Hanshin 87 47 39 1 .547 2.5 378 368 63 39 .264 3.78
3 Hiroshima 84 44 39 1 .530 4.0 375 367 103 61 .267 3.80
4 Chunichi 87 42 42 3 .500 6.5 379 360 55 45 .267 3.81
5 Yokohama 83 35 46 2 .432 12.0 333 414 69 49 .251 4.32
6 Yakult 84 33 49 2 .402 14.5 406 441 81 39 .281 4.89

Pacific League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Orix 86 52 34 0 .605 0.0 348 276 71 78 .259 2.81
2 Softbank 87 49 34 4 .590 1.5 391 309 65 76 .287 3.26
3 Nippon Ham 86 42 43 1 .494 9.5 340 338 72 73 .242 3.57
4 Seibu 84 38 46 0 .452 13.0 327 344 61 49 .250 3.73
5 Lotte 87 38 47 2 .447 13.5 345 403 60 42 .253 4.27
6 Rakuten 86 36 50 0 .419 16.0 315 338 54 35 .257 3.76

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[7/24/2014] Injury Report: Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi), Hideki Okajima (Softbank)

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) took batting practice at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday.  He faced three different pitchers and recorded four could-be hits. He could play in his first rehab game some time before the end of the month. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi was taken off the active roster on Thursday with some inflammation in his right elbow.  Yoshimi started feeling tightness in the elbow during his last start on the 23rd.  He was examined at a hospital on Thursday and diagnosed with inflammation.  There were no other abnormalities.  For now, the Dragons plan to skip him once in the starting rotation. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien missed Tuesday's game with pain in his left wrist.  He was examined at a hospital on Wednesday morning.  No abnormalities were found.  He still had some pain in the wrist, but was able to play on Wednesday and hit his first home run since May 31. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions took Yusei Kikuchi off the active roster on Thursday after he developed a blister on his left middle finger during a start on the 22nd. Source: Sanspo 7/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Hideki Okajima complained of discomfort in his calf after pre-game practices on Wednesday.  He was taken off the active roster on Thursday as a precaution. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014 ... Okajima will be examined at a hospital on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko may have been taken off the active roster on Wednesday with tightness in his neck. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

[7/24/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama pitched in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on Wednesday.  He entered the game in the 4th and gave up a run on two hits (including a solo home run) over one inning of work. Source: Sanspo 7/24/2014
  • Takumi Akiyama started a Ni-gun intra-squad game on Wednesday and gave up three runs on four hits over three innings of work.  Hiroaki Saiuchi started the game for the Reds and tossed three shutout innings while allowing four hits.  Akiyama, Saiuchi, and Kazuhito Futagami are candidates for a start on the 31st against Yakult at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 7/24/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi's record, broken down by starting catcher: Akihito Fujii - 7 G, 4-3, 4.35 ERA; Kazunari Tsuruoka - 4 G, 0-4, 4.45 ERA; Takashi Shimizu - 3 G, 1-1, 6.75 ERA; Ryutaro Umeno - 2 G, 0-1, 2.76 ERA. Source: Sanspo 7/24/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp are 8-0-1 in extra innings this year.  The eight-game winning streak set a new franchise high.  The previous record of seven was set in 1970 (7-0-1) and 1985 (8-0-2).  The last time the team recorded eight or more wins in extra innings was in 1996 (9-5-0). Source: Sanpso 7/24/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons posted additional details for fans interested in trying out for the Chunichi Dragons Oendan. Source: official announcement
  • Masahiro Yamamoto started a Ni-gun game against Orix on Wednesday: 5.0 IP, 17 BF, 58 NP, 4 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 1 R, 1 ER.  Kenshin Kawakami relieved Yamamoto in the 6th: 3.0 IP, 19 BF, 84 NP, 5 H, 2 SO, 4 BB, 6 R, 5 ER. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Newly added Hirofumi Yamanaka will most likely be added to the active roster on Friday. Source: Sanspo 7/24/2014

[7/24/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino arrived at kobo Stadium at 12:005pm on Thursday for practices. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014 ... Tokyo Sports recap: Hoshino arrived at 12:06pm, team meeting began at 12:55pm, Hoshino appeared on the field at 1:10pm.  About fifty members of the media and eight TV cameras covered Hoshino's first day back. Source: Tokyo Sports 7/24/2014 ... Hoshino lost about seven kilograms after his back surgeries. Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2014
  • Wednesday's game against Seibu was Hiromoto Okubo's last game as interim manager.  The team went 8-9-0 under his leadership. ... Okubo will return to Ni-gun as manager.  Interim Ni-gun manager Tsutomu Sakai will go back to being Ni-gun chief pitching coach. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Starters for the Lotte series that begins on Friday at Seibu Dome: Ryohei Fujiwara, Greg Reynolds, Takayuki Kishi. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014
  • Hiroyuki Kobayashi's fastball averaged 145km/h during his one inning out on Wednesday against Ni-gun Lotte.  He topped out at 148km/h.  The Lions will most likely add Kobayashi to the active roster on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014 ... Kobayashi joined the Ichi-gun pitchers for practices at Seibu Dome on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014
  • The Lions became the fifth team in NPB history to record five or more walk-off victories in one month: Hankyu (six in July 1955), Daimai (five in August 1959), Yomiuri (five in July 1968), Yakult (five in May 1993), Seibu (five in July 2014).  They also became the first team in the Pacific League to have five different players record a walk-off in one month. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014, Sanspo 7/24/2014, Sponichi 7/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at YafuOku Dome on Thursday.  He is slated to start Sunday's game against Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani signed an advisory staff contract with Asics. Source: official announcement
  • Yuki Saito's full line from Wednesday's Ni-gun start against Yokohama: 4.2 IP, 25 BF, 90 NP, 11 H, 3 HR, 2 SO, 1 BB, 8 R, 8 ER.
  • Old-time mascots Gyorotan and Fighty will make special appearances during the Legend Series 2014 at Sapporo Dome (August 21-24). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

[7/24/2014] 2014 Inter-City Baseball Tournament: Day Seven

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 10:27 pm, under Industrial
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Game 7-1 @ 10:30 (2h54m)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
JX-ENEOS 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 5 0
Honda Suzuka 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 0

JX-ENEOS
Iryo, Masataka - 2-for-4: 1B7,  HR9 two RBI (second in as many games), F7, G4
Ishikawa, Shun - 0-for-2: F7, L6, BB, HBP

official box score

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Game 7-2 @ 14:30 (2h57m)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Panasonic 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 8 0
JR Higashi Nihon 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 × 3 8 0

JR Higashi Nihon
Hatanaka, Sho - 2-for-3: BB, 1B9, L4,  HR8/9 one RBI

official box score

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Game 7-3 @ 18:31 (2h28m)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mitsubishi Juko Kobe 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 1
Seino Unyu 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 × 4 10 2

Mitsubishi Juko Kobe
Ishikami, Teruyuki - 2-for-4; 1B9, HR9 one RBI, G1b, G4

Seino Unyu
Ito, Takumi - 3-for-4: 2B9 one RBI, Fo2, 1B6, 1B5
Satake, Katsutoshi (Toyota): 9 IP, 34 BF, 5 H, 0 BB, 13 SO, 1 ER

official box score

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