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[8/25/2015] Yakyubaka Summer Koshien Merchandise Mini Giveaway – UPDATE 9/5 @ 12:41am

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: 9/17 @ 10:34pm)

Central League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Yomiuri 130 74 55 1 .574 0.0 522 509 127 92 .255 3.65
2 Hiroshima 131 68 61 2 .527 6.0 589 548 136 89 .271 3.72
3 Hanshin 133 68 64 1 .515 7.5 558 586 89 48 .264 4.03
4 Chunichi 135 62 69 4 .473 13.0 539 541 81 70 .257 3.67
5 Yokohama 127 59 66 2 .472 13.0 512 562 108 72 .256 3.81
6 Yakult 130 55 72 3 .433 18.0 608 640 127 55 .278 4.62

Pacific League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Softbank 134 76 52 6 .594 0.0 573 472 86 118 .282 3.13
2 Orix 129 72 55 2 .567 3.5 532 426 100 110 .258 2.91
3 Nippon Ham 130 65 62 3 .512 10.5 526 508 111 124 .248 3.59
4 Lotte 134 59 73 2 .447 19.0 503 600 85 57 .250 4.17
5 Seibu 130 56 70 4 .444 19.0 520 544 111 69 .251 3.76
6 Rakuten 127 56 71 0 .441 19.5 476 522 72 48 .257 3.92

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[9/17/2014] Injury Report: Dai-Kang Yoh, Kensuke Kondo (Nippon Ham)

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 5:22 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryosuke Ogata had surgery to clean out his right knee on Tuesday. Ogata twisted his knee while playing defense in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on the 12th. He will begin his rehab at the Naruohama facilities after he gets the green light. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh fouled a ball off the top of his left foot during his at bat in the 1st inning of Wednesday's game against the Seibu Lions. He was removed from the game after he finished out the at bat with a home run. He was examined at a hospital in Saitama and diagnosed with a bruise. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014
  • Kensuke Kondo took a batted ball off his right calf during pre-game fielding practice on Tuesday. He was examined at a hospital on Wednesday and taken off the active roster with a contusion on his gastrocnemius muscle. He will get two to three days of rest before beginning his rehab at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014

[9/17/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 5:08 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano recorded thirteen victories last year in his first year and his eleventh victory of the season on Tuesday. He became the seventh pitcher in franchise history to record eleven or more victories in his first two years in the NPB, first since Tsuneo Horiuchi in 1966 (sixteen victories) and 1967 (twelve victories). Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded his sixteenth modasho of the year on Wednesday. He tied Yoshio Yoshida for fourth on the franchise's all-time list with 114 career modashos. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014
  • Mauro Gomez tied Craig Brazell's 2010 franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 153 on Tuesday. The Central League record of 173 was set by Akinori Iwamura in 2004. The NPB record of 204 was set by Ralph Bryant in 1993. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014 ... Gomez set a new franchise record with two more strikeouts on Wednesday.
  • If Yutaka Wada returns in 2015, he may have to agree to some changes in the coaching staff, like head coach and Ni-gun manager. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014
  • Former athlete Nobuharu Asahara spent time giving some of the younger players at Naruohama tips on mental toughness, body usage, and running on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014
  • The Tigers are interested in adding Chihiro Kaneko to their rotation and could offer him a four-year deal in the two billion yen range if he exercises his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred set a new franchise record on Tuesday with his 151st strikeout of the season. The previous record of 150 was set by Shota Dobayashi in 2012. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hitoki Iwase's streak of consecutive seasons with at least thirty saves officially ended at nine years on Wednesday. Iwase has twenty saves this season and the Dragons now have nine games left to play. The veteran has been at Ni-gun since August 9 because of tightness in his left elbow. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tomoko Namba, DeNA founder, former CEO, and current member of the board, is expected to become the Bay Stars' next owner. If she does, she will become the first female owner in NPB history. Current owner Makoto Haruta is planning to step down from his post at the end of the season.

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada recorded his sixth lead-off home run of the year on Tuesday and tied Takao Sato's six in 1955 for second on the franchise's all-time list for lead-off home runs in one season. Dave Hilton set the franchise record of eight in 1978. Source: Sanspo 9/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014

[9/17/2014] Norichika Aoki, Koji Uehara, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 3:47 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/16 NYY 1
TBR 6
RF 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .282
Batted seventh. 1B9 one RBI[20], K (foul tip), F6, F7. Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/16 CWS 7
KCR 5
DH 5 1 4 1 0 0 0 .277
Batted second. G6, 1B9-R[59], 1B7-SB[16] (second base), 1B8 one RBI[38], 1B8. Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/16 TOR 2
BAL 8
2B 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 .268
Batted seventh. BB-SB[1] (second base)-R[28], F8. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 6th. Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 9/16 BOS 0
PIT 4
17-10 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 2.56
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with Boston down 4-0. Allowed a lead-off double to Neil Walker then struck out the next three hitters in a row. Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014,

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[9/17/2014] Results from September 16 standard baseball tests

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 1:58 pm, under NPB
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The NPB posted results for coefficient of restitution tests that were conducted on Mizuno's latest shipment of baseballs (3,200 boxes) from their plant in Shanghai.

Test Date: September 16, 2014

Number of Baseballs Tested: six boxes of twelve

Test Results

Sample Name Avg CoR
Group A 0.409
Group B 0.409
Group C 0.408
Group D 0.412
Group E 0.409
Group F 0.410
Total Avg 0.410

Coefficient of Restitution Limits: 0.4034 to 0.4234

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5 – Saitama Seibu Lions 0 (September 17, 2014)

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 4:34 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Seibu Lions @ Seibu Dome - 18:00
Starters: Kisanuki, Hiroshi (HAM) 0-2, 3.31 - Koishi, Hirotaka (SEI) 0-1, 3.27

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 5 7 0
Seibu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0

Attendance: 15007 | Time: 3h3m | Nippon Ham leads series, 12-7-2

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Chiba Lotte Marines 1 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 2 (September 17, 2014)

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 4:33 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Omine, Yuta (LOT) 2-3, 3.65 - Shiomi, Takahiro (RAK) 6-6, 4.67

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lotte 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
Rakuten 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 X 2 9 0

Attendance: 15971 | Time: 3h10m | Rakuten leads series, 13-10-0

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