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

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Yakult
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Hiroshima
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Hanshin
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Yokohama
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Nippon Ham
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Seibu
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Softbank
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Rakuten
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Lotte
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Orix
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Standings (Last updated: 7/29 @ 11:16pm)

Central League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Yomiuri 87 49 38 0 .563 0.0 361 359 82 67 .263 3.88
2 Hanshin 91 48 42 1 .533 2.5 388 388 65 40 .264 3.81
3 Hiroshima 88 46 41 1 .529 3.0 392 380 106 63 .267 3.77
4 Chunichi 91 45 43 3 .511 4.5 400 368 59 45 .265 3.72
5 Yokohama 87 39 46 2 .459 9.0 362 419 75 52 .255 4.18
6 Yakult 88 34 52 2 .395 14.5 414 461 82 42 .280 4.89

Pacific League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Softbank 91 53 34 4 .609 0.0 412 318 67 81 .288 3.19
2 Orix 90 53 37 0 .589 1.5 358 289 72 83 .257 2.80
3 Nippon Ham 90 45 44 1 .506 9.0 363 349 77 75 .246 3.51
4 Lotte 91 40 49 2 .449 14.0 360 419 62 43 .252 4.25
5 Seibu 88 39 49 0 .443 14.5 339 360 64 50 .250 3.72
6 Rakuten 90 37 53 0 .411 17.5 326 365 54 39 .255 3.87

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[7/29/2014] Injury Report: Ryutaro Umeno (Hanshin), Ryosuke Yagi (Yakult)

by on Jul.30, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Akihito Fujii was taken off the active roster on Tuesday with discomfort in his right elbow.  The Tigers are not sure how long he will be out. Source: Sports Hochi 7/29/2014, Sponichi 7/29/2014
  • Ryutaro Umeno missed the last two games with an injury to his left thumb.  Yutaka Wada told reporters Umeno suffered the injury when he took a foul-tip off the thumb during a game against Hiroshima on the 26th.  Tests did not reveal any broken bones, but there was still some swelling. Source: Sports Hochi 7/29/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna (right elbow) resumed batting practice on Tuesday and could make it back to the active roster sooner than expected.  He told reporters he wanted to get back to Ichi-gun before August 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014
  • Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on Tuesday.  He might be okay to return to the active roster for the Yakult series that begins on August 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel (left side) might be able to return to the active roster on August 12.  Gourriel has already resumed batting practice and could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on August 8. Source: Sports Hochi 7/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Yagi left Tuesday's game against Hanshin in the 9th with a runner and first and no out because he developed a cramp in his left middle finger.  He was planning to return to the mound after some treatment, but Tony Barnette's name was already called. Source: Sanspo 7/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko (fatigue) could return to the active roster in early August. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014 ... August 2 is a possibility. Source: Sponichi 7/29/2014 ... Kaneko tossed fifteen pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday.  It was his first session since the start of the season -- he generally does not do a lot of throwing in the bullpen during the season. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014

[7/29/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.30, 2014 @ 12:47 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez was left out of the starting line-up on Tuesday for the first time this season for a number of reasons, including fatigue from the summer heat. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014 ... Gomez had a fever. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014, Sports Hochi 7/29/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Tuesday.  He could make his Ichi-gun debut with a start on Sunday (August 3) against Yokohama at Koshien. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014
  • Ryutaro Umeno dropped about ten kilograms since January. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014
  • General manager Katsuhiro Nakamura left for the United States about a week ago to check on talent for the 2015 season.  He is expected to return to Japan later this week. Source: Sports Hochi 7/29/2014
  • Koshien Stadium will be celebrating its ninetieth anniversary on August 1.  Shintaro Fujinami is slated to start the anniversary game. Source: Sanspo 7/29/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Possible starters for the Yakult series that began on Tuesday: Yusuke Nomura, Bryan Bullington, and Takaya Toda. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014
  • The Carp could switch from two pitchers and two position players to three pitchers and one position player to fill their four foreign player roster spots.  The four could be pitchers Bullington, Kam Mickolio, and Deunte Heath, and position player Brad Eldred.  Heath could make his Ichi-gun debut some time in mid-August. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada missed the Hiroshima game on Tuesday because he was not feeling well.  He did not go to the stadium and instead rested at the team hotel.  He is a question mark for Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014, Sponichi 7/29/2014
  • Junki Ito is scheduled to make his first start of the season on Thursday against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yujo Kitagata changed his motion from over-the-top to side-arm in June.  He has since decided to go back to over-the-top. Source: Sponichi 7/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are not planning to make any managerial changes during the season. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014

[7/29/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.30, 2014 @ 12:45 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Taishi Nakagawa's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,630 grams, in Chiba on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions announced on Tuesday that senryokugai'ed Cody Ransom returned to the United States. Source: Sponichi 7/29/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshifumi Okada has stood at the plate 1,769 times during his career so far and has yet to hit a home run.  One more plate appearance puts him in a first place NPB tie with Shichiro Yokozawa. Source: Sponichi 7/29/2014
  • The Marines usually sell about 3,000 advance tickets to weekday night games.  They sold over 10,000 advance tickets for Tuesday night's game against Nippon Ham.  It was half-off beer night on Tuesday, but it was also Alfredo Despaigne's debut game.  The Marines added a Despaigne cocktail to the alcoholic beverage menu at Bar M to celebrate his arrival. Source: Sponichi 7/29/2014
  • When the Marines were in Cuba checking on talent, they got to see five players at a tryout: four outfielders and one infielder. Source: ZakZak 7/29/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama believes Yuki Saito and Mitsuo Yoshikawa will be important important pieces during the second-half.  Saito is slated to start Thursday's game against Lotte at QVC Marine.  Yoshikawa is scheduled to start a game on August 1 against Softbank at Sapporo Dome. Source: Sanspo 7/29/2014, Sponichi 7/29/2014
  • Shohei Otani could get Sunday starts during the month of August since the Fighters do not have any games scheduled on Monday.  Otani would get the start on Sunday, the day-off on Monday, play in three full games as a position player (Tuesday-Thursday), then spend the next two days (Friday and Saturday) preparing for his start. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014

[7/29/2014] Route Inn BC League will continue to work with two divisions

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 10:13 pm, under Independent
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The Route Inn BC League announced today that they will continue to work with two divisions next season.  Names for the divisions have not yet been decided.  Additional information will be released some time during or after August.

This season:

Joshinetsu

  • Gunma Diamond Pegasus
  • Niigata Albirex Baseball Club
  • Shnano Grandserows

Hokuriku

  • Toyama Thunderbirds
  • Ishikawa Million Stars
  • Fukui Miracle Elephants

Next season:

Division 1

  • Gunma Diamond Pegasus
  • Niigata Albirex Baseball Club
  • Saitama Musashi Heat Bears
  • Fukushima Hopes

Division 2

  • Shinano Grandserows
  • Toyama Thunderbirds
  • Ishikawa Million Stars
  • Fukui Miracle Elephants

Source: official announcement