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[8/25/2015] Yakyubaka Summer Koshien Merchandise Mini Giveaway

by on Aug.25, 2014 @ 5:46 pm, under High School, Summer Koshien
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For those looking for Summer Koshien final results - 96th Summer Koshien: Tournament Schedule – Osaka Toin 2014 Champions

I happened to be in the Osaka area over the weekend and got a chance to drop by Koshien Stadium on Sunday.  I didn't purchase tickets so I couldn't watch any of the games, but I did check out one of the stadium stores and picked up a few Summer Koshien related merchandise.

As a way to say thanks for all the support you've provided over the years, I'd like to give these items away to three lucky Yakyubaka readers.

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2014 NPB Season Portal

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

Yomiuri
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Chunichi
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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: 8/27 @ 10:26pm)

Central League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Yomiuri 111 61 49 1 .555 0.0 446 457 113 86 .257 3.82
2 Hanshin 114 61 52 1 .540 1.5 497 501 81 46 .267 3.99
3 Hiroshima 112 59 51 2 .536 2.0 515 468 128 81 .270 3.64
4 Yokohama 108 50 56 2 .472 9.0 461 504 94 62 .260 4.04
5 Chunichi 116 53 60 3 .469 9.5 473 489 71 59 .258 3.90
6 Yakult 111 46 63 2 .422 14.5 544 575 116 48 .282 4.82

Pacific League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Softbank 116 67 44 5 .604 0.0 508 399 73 104 .284 3.08
2 Orix 111 65 45 1 .591 1.5 451 357 89 96 .258 2.81
3 Nippon Ham 113 57 53 3 .518 9.5 463 448 96 107 .248 3.60
4 Lotte 116 51 63 2 .447 17.5 456 541 74 52 .252 4.33
5 Seibu 112 48 60 4 .444 17.5 447 467 93 62 .250 3.78
6 Rakuten 110 44 66 0 .400 22.5 399 454 64 45 .255 3.93

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[8/27/2014] 2014 National Athletic Tournament (Rubber Baseball)

by on Aug.28, 2014 @ 2:51 am, under High School
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The 2014 National Athletic Tournament (Kokutai) will take place in Nagasaki this year, from October 12 to October 22. The high school rubber baseball competition will begin on the 13th and end on the 16th.  The following are the ten schools that will be competing at the tournament this year.

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Participating Schools

School JPN School ENG
北海道尚志学園(北海道) Hokkaido Shoshi Gakuen
能代(秋田) Noshiro
三浦学苑(神奈川) Miura Gakuen
中京(岐阜) Chukyo
南部(和歌山) Minabe
神港学園(兵庫) Shinko Gakuen
崇徳(広島) Sotoku
福岡大大濠(福岡) FukuokaDai Ohori
文徳(熊本) Buntoku
奈留(長崎) Naru

Alternates

上田西(長野) Ueda Nishi (Nagano)

Source: Sponichi 8/28/2014

[8/27/2014] Injury Report: Tatsuro Hamada (Chunichi), Zach Phillips (Hiroshima)

by on Aug.28, 2014 @ 2:23 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp announced that Zach Phillips will return to the United States on Thursday for additional testing on his knee.  There is no timetable on his return to Japan. Source: Sponichi 8/27/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hitoki Iwase was examined at a hospital on the 25th and diagnosed with some damaged muscle near his left elbow.  He was able to play some light catch on Wednesday.  No timetable has been set on his return. Source: Sanspo 8/27/2014
  • Tatsuro Hamada went to a hospital in Nagoya on Wednesday and was diagnosed with a medial collateral ligament injury in his left elbow.  He could end up missing the rest of the season. Source: Daily Sports 8/27/2014, Sponichi 8/27/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Luis Cruz felt some tightness in his right hamstring while running out a double in the 4th inning of Wednesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes.  He was replaced by a pinch-runner as a pre-caution. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014
  • Takuya Furuya will be taken off the active roster on Thursday with pain in his left shoulder. Source: Sponichi 8/27/2014 ... Furuya's condition does not appear to be serious, but Lotte does not want to risk making things worse since they were planning to use him in relief. Source: Sports Hochi 8/27/2014

[8/27/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Aug.28, 2014 @ 2:19 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shuichi Murata became the 117th player in NPB history to reach the 1,500-hit milestone.  The hit, a three-run home run off Minoru Iwata, came in the 1st inning of Wednesday's game against the Hanshin Tigers. Source: Sponichi 8/27/2014
  • Shinnosuke Abe became the fifty-seventh player in NPB history to strike out 1,000 times during Tuesday's game against the Hanshin Tigers.  The milestone strikeout came in the 4th inning against Randy Messenger.  The Giants recorded a walk-off, come-from-behind victory against the Tigers on Tuesday for the first time since April 21, 2006. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014 ... Three other Yomiuri players have struck out more than Abe: Sadaharu Oh with 1,319; Yoshinobu Takahashi with 1,134, and Isao Shibata with 1,087. Source: Sponichi 8/27/2014
  • Jose Lopez recorded his second walk-off of the month on Tuesday.  The last Yomiuri player to record two walk-offs in one month was Yoshiyuki Kamei in 2009 (August 4 and 8).  Lopez is the first foreign player to accomplish the feat in franchise history. Source: Sponichi 8/27/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred has now struck out at least once in twenty-eight consecutive games. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014
  • Fourteen players, including Eishin Soyogi, Kenta Maeda, Daichi Osera, Yoshihiro Maru, Ryosuke Kikuchi, and Shota Dobayashi, stood outside Mazda Stadium on Wednesday asking fans to donate money toward landslide relief. Source: Daily Sports 8/27/2014
  • The Carp scored seven runs in the 1st inning of Tuesday's game against the Yakult Swallows.  It was the first time they scored seven in the 1st since August 7, 2004. Source: Sports Hochi 8/27/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige surpassed Katsuya Nomura and set the new NPB record for games at catcher with 2,922 on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 8/27/2014
  • Masahiro Yamamoto could get a start sometime on or after September 2, when the Dragons play three against Yakult and three against Hanshin. Source: Daily Sports 8/27/2014

[8/27/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.28, 2014 @ 2:05 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to offer Ernesto Mejia a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Sports Hochi 8/27/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka was taken off the active roster on Wednesday due to a lack of production and to make room for Tadashi Settsu. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani became the first pitcher out of high school in franchise history to win ten games within his first two years since Yu Darvish won twelve in his second year in 2006.  He also became the first player to start at least twenty games as a pitcher and make the starting line-up as a position player at least twenty times in the same season since Jiro Noguchi in 1950. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014 ... Otani, Darvish, and Toshiaki Moriyasu (eleven in 1966 and fifteen 1967) are the only pitchers out of high school in franchise history to win ten or more games in their first two years. Source: Sponichi 8/27/2014
  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Tuesday and gave up eight runs on nine hits, including a two-run home run and a three-run home run, over three innings of work.  He faced eighteen hitters, walked none, and struck out one.