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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.

Hanshin leads series, 1-0.

Date Time Gm Venue Away Score Home Attendance Time
10/25 Sat 18:15 1 Koshien Stadium Softbank
SP: Standridge
L: Standridge
2-6 Hanshin
SP: Messenger
W: Messenger
45293 3:26
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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[10/25/2014] High School tie-breaker rules could be implemented in spring tournaments

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 4:46 am, under High School
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The Japan High School Baseball Federation's Technical Committee met in Osaka on the 20th and discussed the introduction of tie-breaker rules next year -- for baseball: beginning with spring prefectural tournaments (tournaments leading up to and including the Koshien would not be affected by the rules until at least 2016); and for rubber baseball: beginning with spring regional and national tournaments.

Opinions will further be exchanged during a meeting on November 15. A draft will likely be presented during a board meeting on November 27 for a final decision. Discussions for rubber baseball will take place during a committee meeting on November 4.

Additionally, the Kyushu Region High School Baseball Federation held a board meeting on the 24th and discussed the tie-breaker rules. They are currently planning to approve the implementation of the rules, provided it be done on a trial basis and then judged to see if results were good or bad. They also want to further discuss the timing of the tie-breaker rules -- as it stands, the bases will be loaded with one out beginning in the 10th. Kyushu Federation officials feel players should be given a slightly larger window to compete in.

Source: Sponichi 10/20/2014, Daily Sports 10/21/2014, ZakZak 10/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014, Sponichi 10/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014

[10/25/2014] Samurai Japan planning to play exhibition games against Cuba in March 2015

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under NPB, Samurai Japan

The media learned on Friday that Samurai Japan is planning to schedule one or more exhibition games against Cuba in March next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014

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The 15th Umpire School will take place at the JR Higashi Nihon field in Chiba on December 6 and 7. There will eighty openings that will be first come, first serve. Tuition will cost 25,000 yen.

Source: official announcement, details

[10/25/2014] Nippon Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 3:46 am, under NPB
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General News

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takahiro Arai was not available to play on Saturday because there was something wrong with him. Keisuke Kano took his spot on the bench. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014 ... According to Daily Sports, Arai started feeling discomfort in his lower back during field practice. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014
  • Osaka Police are worried about things getting out of hand depending on the outcome of the Nippon Series and could put about 1,500 officers on guard to keep the peace. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2014
  • Miki House is planning to award up to five million yen in prize money if the Tigers win a Nippon Series. One million would go to Yutaka Wada. The top two players from the Climax Series and the Nippon Series would get one million yen each. And the Miki House Sanspo MVP would get an extra one million yen on top of the usual one million yen. Source: Sanspo 10/25/2014
  • Senryokugai Yuji Yoshimi is planning to retire. Source: Sanspo 10/25/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Jason Standridge is the first foreign pitcher in franchise history to start the opening game of a Nippon Series since Joe Stanka in 1964. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014
  • Kenta Imamiya took the mound at Koshien before fielding practices. He threw a pitch off the Koshien mound for the first time since August 21, 2009. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014

[10/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 3:25 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Frederich Cepeda left for Cuba on Saturday. Before leaving, he said to reporters, "Nothing has been decided, but I would like to come back [to the Giants]." Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) tossed a bullpen session on Thursday. He threw forty-two pitches at fifty to sixty percent. He is scheduled to join Ichi-gun fall practices on the 27th. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2014 ... The session on Thursday was Sugano's first since his right elbow injury. He threw to a standing catcher. Source: Sanspo 10/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuhei Matsuyama is planning to lose some weight this winter. He wants to push his weight down to under ninety kilograms for the first time since 2010. He currently weighs ninety-three kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014
  • The Carp offered Shinji Sasaoka a job as Ni-gun pitching coach. An announcement could be made some time next week. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014, Sponichi 10/25/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige spent over an hour mixing with fans during fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday. He stood for photos with about 500 fans. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to offer Tomochika Tsuboi a job as Ichi-gun hitting coach. They are also planning to offer Katsuya Udo (Tokushima Indigo Socks manager) and Naoya Shimada (batting practice pitcher) jobs as Ni-gun pitching coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014

Yakult Swallows

[10/25/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 3:19 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Players attending fall camp in Nango are also the players the coaches feel have a good chance to make Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014
  • Chun-Lin Kuo threw thirty-one pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. It was his first session since his arrival in Japan. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines are planning to reassign Ni-gun infield/base coach Hideaki Matsuyama to Ichi-gun infield/base coach. Current Ichi-gun infield/base coach Kenichi Sato will return to Ni-gun infield/base coach. The change is set to take place in time for the start of Kamogawa fall camp in November. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Luis Mendoza left for Mexico via Honolulu out of New Chitose Airport on Wednesday. He is hoping to pick up about 100 Japanese words during the off-season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014

[10/25/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse, Ginjiro Sumitani

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 3:05 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are interested in Ginjiro Sumitani (27) as a potential replacement for Motonobu Tanishige. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles have an interest in Yokohama senryokugai Hitoshi Fujie. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2014

Seibu Lions

  • There is a good chance Ginjiro Sumitani will exercise his FA option, even though he has mentioned his feelings about wanting to stay. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are looking into Yoshihisa Naruse in case they need to find a replacement for Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes Senryokugai – October 25, 2014

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 11:24 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced that they will not sign the following four players to contract for the 2015 season:

  • Takahashi, Shinji INF (36)
  • Shoji, Ryuji C (27)
  • Fukae, Masato OF (27)
  • Azuma, Hiroaki INF-Ikusei (22)

Takahashi is not ready to retire and is planning to attend the twelve team tryout on November 9. The other three players are undecided.

Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014

Phoenix League: Scores from October 25, 2014

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 11:04 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Doosan Bears at Ivy Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Lotte 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 5
Doosan 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2

Home Runs
Lotte: Emura, Naoya.
Doosan: 鞠海成.

Official Box Score

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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Hanshin Tigers at Ikimenomori Stadium 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

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Yomiuri Giants vs Chunichi Dragons at Himuka Baseball Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chunichi 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 2

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

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Rakuten Eagles vs Hanwha Eagles at Hisamine Baseball Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Rakuten 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 2 0 7
Hanwha 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

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Yokohama Bay Stars vs Softbank Hawks at Sokken Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Yokohama 0 1 0 1 0 3 1 2 0 8
Softbank 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 5

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

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Yakult Swallows vs Shikoku Island League at Saitobaru Athletic Park Baseball Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Yakult 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 9
Island League 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

Home Runs
Yakult: Kawasaki, Nariaki.

Official Box Score

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Seibu Lions vs Orix Buffaloes at Nango Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Seibu 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
Orix 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

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LG Twins vs Hiroshima Carp at Tenpuku Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
LG 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Hiroshima 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 x 7

Home Runs
Hiroshima: Tanaka, Kosuke; Iwamoto, Takahiro; Shimozuru, Ko.

Official Box Score

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