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2014 SMBC Nippon Series

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 12:57 am, under NPB
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SMBC Nippon Series

Best of seven.

Date Time Gm Venue Away Score Home Attendance Time
10/25 Sat 18:15 1 Koshien Stadium Softbank   Hanshin    
10/26 Sun 18:15 2 Koshien Stadium Softbank   Hanshin    
10/27 Mon     Travel Day
10/28 Tue 18:30 3 YafuOku Dome Hanshin   Softbank    
10/29 Wed 18:30 4 YafuOku Dome Hanshin   Softbank    
10/30 Thu 18:30 5 YafuOku Dome Hanshin   Softbank    
10/31 Fri     Travel Day
11/01 Sat 18:15 6 Koshien Stadium Softbank   Hanshin    
11/02 Sun 18:15 7 Koshien Stadium Softbank   Hanshin    

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[10/24/2014] Nippon Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 5:30 am, under NPB
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General News

  • Singer-songwriter Tiina Kariina will perform the national anthem before Game 1. Source: Sanspo 10/24/2014
  • Randy Messenger (Hanshin) and Jason Standridge (Softbank) were announced as starters for Game 1. This is the first time both teams selected foreign pitchers to start the first game of the Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 10/24/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Batting practice scrimmage on Thursday: Kazuya Takamiya faced Kosuke Fukudome (G4) and Takashi Toritani (BB). Sanspo 10/24/2014 ... Matt Murton recorded hits off Yuta Iwasada (1B8), Ryoma Matsuda (1B8), and Kazuyuki Kaneda (1B8). Sanspo 10/24/2014, Sponichi 10/24/2014 ... Mauro Gomez went 2-for-3, including a home run off Matsuda. Sanspo 10/24/2014, Sponichi 10/24/2014
  • Hanshin has been getting calls about merchandising opportunities, including those connected to their Nippon Series appearance, since the 20th. Source: Sanspo 10/24/2014
  • Celebration sales are scheduled to begin the day after the final game of the Nippon Series, regardless of outcome. Hanshin Department Stores Umeda, Nishinomiya, and Amagasaki will hold seven-day sales; Hanshin Department Store Mikage will hold a two-day sale; Hankyu Oasis stores will hold two-day sales; Izumiya will hold a one-day sale. Source: Sponichi 10/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yoshimura took fielding practice in the outfield during workouts on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014
  • Yuichi Honda (left ring finger) joined Ichi-gun practices on Friday. His day including fielding practice at second and batting practice. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014
  • Shinya Tsuruoka missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday because he was not feeling well. He rested at home after getting treatment at a hospital. Source: Sponichi 10/24/2014 ... Tsuruoka returned to practices on Friday, but took things easy. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014
  • The Hawks announced that Taiga Kasahara, Masato Sakata, Masayoshi Tsukada, and Go Kamamoto will play winter ball in Puerto Rico for the Gigantes de Carolina. San-gun pitching coach Shinji Kurano and Ni-gun hitting coach Noriyoshi Omichi will accompany the players. They will leave Japan on October 27 and return on December 24. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014

[10/24/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko (Orix), Ginjiro Sumitani (Seibu)

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 5:28 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Yakult Swallows

  • Team officials met Ryoji Aikawa and Hiroyasu Tanaka at the Jingu clubhouse for contract negotiations on Friday and formally asked them to remain in the organization. Both asked for more time to consider their options. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani could make a decision on his FA option some time next week. He indicated on Friday that he already spoke to team officials and was planning to decide on what to do with his option after his second meeting. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko is expected to return to Japan in time for fall practices that begins on the 27th. The ace expressed an interest in the Majors before heading to the United States to watch a World Series games. Kaneko earned his domestic FA option this season and is slated to earn his international option next year. The Buffaloes would like Kaneko to return next season, but have not made a final decision on what to do. They are considering all options and will resume deliberations with Kaneko once he returns. Source: Sponichi 10/24/2014, Sports Hochi 10/24/2014 ... If the Buffaloes decide not to post Kaneko, he will most likely remain and hold on to his option. Source: Sanspo 10/24/2014

[10/24/2014] Nippon Series: Starting pitcher announcements will be made

by on Oct.24, 2014 @ 10:44 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Series Managers meeting took place at Koshien Stadium on Friday. A number of issues were discussed. Hanshin's Yutaka Wada and Softbank's Koji Akiyama agreed to starting pitcher announcement during the series.

Randy Messenger was announced as Hanshin's starter on Saturday. Softbank will counter with Jason Standridge.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014

[10/24/2014] Samurai Japan: Takayuki Kishi withdraws from Samurai Japan due to injury

by on Oct.24, 2014 @ 10:34 pm, under Samurai Japan
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The Seibu Lions announced that Takayuki Kishi will not be able to participate in the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series as a member of Samurai Japan because of discomfort in his right side. They posted the following statement from Kishi:

I had some discomfort in my right start near the end of the season. It got better so I kept practicing. But the discomfort returned. I decided to withdraw from the team because I do not want to create any problems for the coaches.

Source: official announcement

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Samurai Japan announced that Hanshin's Minoru Iwata will take Kishi's spot on the Samurai Japan roster.

Source: official announcement

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Fans attending games at Koshien on November 11 and Sapporo Dome on November 18 will receive a clear file featuring the Samurai Japan Manga team.

Source: official announcement

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A temporary Samurai Japan Museum will be set up at the Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk between November 8 and 10. Admission will be free.

Source: official announcement

[10/24/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Fall camp roster

by on Oct.24, 2014 @ 8:36 pm, under NPB
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Fall camp will take place at Kunigami Stadium in Kunigami, Okinawa between October 29 and November 8. Players will have the day off on November 3.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei
P 乾 真大 Inui, Masahiro
P 浦野 博司 Urano, Hiroshi
P 斎藤 佑樹 Saito, Yuki
P 鍵谷 陽平 Kagiya, Yohei
P 吉川 光夫 Yoshikawa, Mitsuo
P 高梨 裕稔 Takanashi, Hirotoshi
P 金平 将至 Kanehira, Masashi
P 白村 明弘 Hakumura, Akihiro
P 谷元 圭介 Tanimoto, Keisuke
P 屋宜 照悟 Yagi, Shogo
P 河野 秀数 Kawano, Hidekazu
C 大野 奨太 Ono, Shota
C 大嶋 匠 Oshima, Takumi
C 石川 亮 Ishikawa, Ryo
INF 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho
INF 中島 卓也 Nakashima, Takuya
INF 松本 剛 Matsumoto, Go
INF 渡邉 諒 Watanabe, Ryo
INF 西川 遥輝 Nishikawa, Haruki
INF 岡 大海 Oka, Hiromi
INF 杉谷 拳士 Sugiya, Kenshi
OF 石川 慎吾 Ishikawa, Shingo
OF 谷口 雄也 Taniguchi, Yuya
OF 岸里 亮佑 Kishisato, Ryosuke

Source: official announcement

[10/24/2014] Seibu Lions: Fall camp roster

by on Oct.24, 2014 @ 8:26 pm, under NPB
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Fall camp will take place at Nango Chuo Park in Nango, Miyazaki between November 6 and 20. Players will have the day off on November 10 and 15.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 岩尾 利弘 Iwao, Toshihiro
P 増田 達至 Masuda, Tatsushi
P 菊池 雄星 Kikuchi, Yusei
P 藤原 良平 Fujiwara, Ryohei
P 小石 博孝 Koishi, Hirotaka
P 岡本 洋介 Okamoto, Yosuke
P 中郷 大樹 Nakago, Taiki
P 武隈 祥太 Takekuma, Shota
P 福倉 健太郎 Fukukura, Kentaro
P 佐藤 勇 Sato, Isamu
C 森 友哉 Mori, Tomoya
C 岡田 雅利 Okada, Masatoshi
C 中田 祥多 Nakata, Shota
INF 金子 侑司 Kaneko, Yuji
INF 鬼崎 裕司 Onizaki, Yuji
INF 浅村 栄斗 Asamura, Hideto
INF 永江 恭平 Nagae, Kyohei
INF 梅田 尚通 Umeda, Naomichi
INF 水口 大地 Mizuguchi, Daichi
OF 大崎 雄太朗 Osaki, Yutaro
OF 坂田 遼 Sakata, Ryo
OF 木村 文紀 Kimura, Fumikazu
OF 石川 貢 Ishikawa, Mitsugu
OF 熊代 聖人 Kumashiro, Masato
OF 田代 将太郎 Tashiro, Shotaro
OF 斉藤 彰吾 Saito, Shogo

Source: official announcement

[10/24/2014] Suzuki Japan: Softbank-Nippon Ham Mixed Team Roster

by on Oct.24, 2014 @ 4:55 pm, under International, NPB, Samurai Japan
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The top level Samurai Japan team is scheduled to play one game against a Softbank-Nippon Ham mixed team. The game is scheduled to take place at YafuOku Dome on November 10. The Softbank-Nippon Ham mixed team was unveiled earlier today.

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Softbank-Nippon Ham Mixed Team

Hideki Kuriyama is scheduled to manage the team

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team
P 谷元 圭介 Tanimoto, Keisuke Nippon Ham Fighters
P 斎藤 佑樹 Saito, Yuki Nippon Ham Fighters
P 東浜 巨 Higashihama, Nao Softbank Hawks
P 鍵谷 陽平 Kagiya, Yohei Nippon Ham Fighters
P 飯田 優也 Iida, Yuya Softbank Hawks
P 白村 明弘 Hakumura, Akihiro Nippon Ham Fighters
P 武田 翔太 Takeda, Shota Softbank Hawks
C 高谷 裕亮 Takaya, Hiroaki Softbank Hawks
C 山下 斐紹 Yamashita, Ayatsugu Softbank Hawks
C 石川 亮 Ishikawa, Ryo Nippon Ham Fighters
INF 明石 健志 Akashi, Kenji Softbank Hawks
INF 中島 卓也 Nakashima, Takuya Nippon Ham Fighters
INF 岡 大海 Oka, Hiromi Nippon Ham Fighters
INF 西川 遥輝 Nishikawa, Haruki Nippon Ham Fighters
INF 渡邉 諒 Watanabe, Ryo Nippon Ham Fighters
OF 吉村 裕基 Yoshimura, Yuki Softbank Hawks
OF 江川 智晃 Egawa, Tomoaki Softbank Hawks
OF 谷口 雄也 Taniguchi, Yuya Nippon Ham Fighters

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Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014

[10/24/2014] 1500ESPN: Kris Johnson to join the Hiroshima Carp

by on Oct.24, 2014 @ 2:50 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by 1500ESPN's Darren Wolfson, the Minnesota Twins have sold thirty-year-old pitcher Kris Johnson to the Hiroshima Carp.

... The Carp won the bidding with at least six other Japanese teams showing interest.

"I'm very excited about playing for Hiroshima and appreciate the Twins making it happen," Johnson said via text. "I talked to different players about how great the fans and team treat foreign players. I was really impressed with the respect they showed me during the negotiations."

Source: ESPN 10/22/2014

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