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[10/21/2013] Climax Series/Nippon Series: Yomiuri Giants, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.22, 2013 @ 2:12 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants resumed practices for the Nippon Series on Monday after two days off.

Source: Sanspo 10/21/2013

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Tatsunori Hara took a batted ball of his right forearm while tossing baseballs to Hayato Sakamoto during batting practice on Monday.

Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2013

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Takayuki Terauchi could get the start at second and bat second during the Nippon Series.

Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2013

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While the Giants are happy about sweeping the Final Stage of the Climax Series, they are also worried about some of their pitchers that did not get a chance to pitch, particularly Takahiro Aoki, Yuki Koyama, and Nobutaka Imamura.  The three pitchers last took the mound on October 13.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2013

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TV ratings for Game 3:

Hiroshima region: average - 22.9%
Kanto region: average - 10.7%

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka and Takahiro Norimoto are in line to start the first two games of the Nippon Series.

Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2013

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The bad weather in Sendai is making it difficult for the Eagles to proceed with renovations to add additional seats at Kleenex Stadium.

Tickets to Sunday's rained out game were sold out.  Since tickets cannot be exchanged for tonight's game, fans will have one of two options: trade them in for tickets to a possible Game 6 on the 23rd, or get a refund.

Source: ZakZak 10/21/2013

The Eagles announced on Monday morning that they sold out on tickets for Game 4.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2013

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A number of stores in Sendai are planning to hold championship sales.  Some stores were hoping for the decision to come on Sunday, during an afternoon game, since it would allow them to start sales on the same day (immediately after the victory), but with the rest of the games set to take place during the evening, stores will not be able to begin their sales until the following day.

Source: Sanspo 10/21/2013

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Ichiro Numazaki, a professor at Tohoku University, was given a stern warning by university officials over a number of tweets he posted about the Chiba Lotte Marines that crossed the line.  He has since apologized and said that he made the posts while he was drunk.

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2013

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TV Ratings:

Game 2 - Sendai region: between 6:30pm and 7:00pm - average: 12.8%; between 7:00pm and 8:54pm - average: 19.0%
Game 3 - Sendai region: between 1:50pm and 4:00pm - average: 14.9%; between 4:00pm and 5:25pm - average: 23.6%

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Game 4 starter Yuki Karakawa was slated to start Game 5 of the Final Stage.  The original Game 4 starter, Takahiro Matsunaga, was shifted to he bullpen.  He ended up relieving Karakawa in the 2nd inning.

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2013

Yoshihisa Naruse and Seth Greisinger were set to start Games 5 and 6.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2013