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[10/20/2013] Climax Series/Nippon Series: Yomiuri Giants, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.21, 2013 @ 2:51 am, under NPB

General

Game 4 of the PL Final Stage was rained out on Sunday and pushed back to Monday.  If there is another rain out, a double-header might be required on the 23rd if the series goes six games.  If two or more games get rained out, then the team with the most amount of wins after the 23rd will advance (if the series is tied, the team with the high regular season winning percentage advances).

Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2013

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi could start Game 1 of the Nippon Series.

Source: Sponichi 10/20/2013

Tomoyuki Sugano could also be an option for Game 1.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/20/2013

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The Giants will take a look at all their players (Ichi-gun and Ni-gun) when filling out their forty-man roster for the Nippon Series.  Of the forty players on the roster, twenty-five will be allowed to suit up for games.

Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2013

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The Giants have ordered gloves, neck warmers, and leg warmers in preparation for games at outdoor stadiums.  The coaches are preparing heat cream for players and the team is planning to purchase about 100 disposable heat packs (kairo).

Source: Sanspo 10/20/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Wataru Karashima was slated to start Sunday's game.  The game was called due to rain and his start was pushed back to Monday.  He threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen after the game was officially canceled.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2013

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Standing at 169 centimeters, Manabu Mima became the shortest pitcher in postseason history to record a shutout.  The previous record of 170 centimeters was set by Hideo Fujimoto during the 1951 and 1952 Nippon Series.  He is the third shortest active player in the NPB, behind Keisuke Tanimoto's 166 centimeters and Masanori Ishikawa's 167 centimeters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines set a Climax Series record (season) by getting shutout for the third time this year.  The previous record of two was set by Hanshin in 2008, Yomiuri in 2010, and Softbank in 2012.  They also set a new Climax Series record (overall) for getting shutout seven times.  Softbank held the previous record of six.

Source: Sponichi 10/20/2013