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[8/1/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons

by on Aug.02, 2015 @ 5:04 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ni-gun game against Rakuten on August 1: Kazuma Okamoto got the start at third and batted fifth. He went 2-for-5 with two RBI, including a solo home run off Tomohiro Anraku in the 2nd inning. The home run was the first of his career. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015
  • Shuichi Murata's home run at Tokyo Dome on July 31 was the franchise's 2,121st at the stadium. Shinnosuke Abe leads all Yomiuri players with 193 home runs at Tokyo Dome, followed by Yoshinobu Takahashi with 175 and Hideki Matsui with 146. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015
  • Tokyo Dome opened in 1988. The Giants recorded their 1,000th Tokyo Dome victory on July 31. It was their 1,696th game at the dome. Their first Tokyo Dome victory came in their second game at the stadium on April 9, 1988. Source: Sponichi 8/1/2015 ... Through July 31, the Giants were 1,000-669-27 at Tokyo Dome. Under Tatsunori Hara, they are 448-262-21 at Tokyo Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh recorded his thirtieth save of the season on July 31 and became the first foreign pitcher to save thirty games in each of his first two years in the NPB. Three other foreign pitchers have recorded consecutive thirty save seasons, but not in their first two years in the NPB. They are: Rodney Pedraza (thirty-five in 2000, thirty-four in 2001), Marc Kroon (thirty-one in 2007, forty-one in 2008), and Chang-Yong Lim (thirty-five saves in 2010, thirty-two saves in 2011). Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons dropped their game against the Giants on July 31 and extended their losing streak to seven games. It was their first seven-game losing streak since 2002. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015 ... The Dragons lost against on August 1 and are in the middle of their first eight-game losing streak since August 1994. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015, Sports Hochi 8/1/2015

[8/1/2015] Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Aug.02, 2015 @ 5:00 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Ryuma Kidokoro joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on August 1. He was added to the active roster on July 31, but missed the Seibu game on the same day because he was in Fukuoka and could not make it to Tokyo until 8:30pm. Source: Sponichi 8/1/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Turmoil at the parent company could mean the team goes up for sale. LIXIL Group could be interested as buyers. They tried to purchase the Yokohama Bay Stars from TBS Holdings in 2010, but gave up when talks broke down. Source: ZakZak 8/1/2015

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions lost their game against Softbank on July 31 and pushed their losing streak to ten games. It was fifth double-digit losing streak in franchise history: eleven games in 1971, ten games in 1978, twelve games in 1979, and ten games in 2007. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015 ... The Lions lost again on August 1 and extended their losing streak to eleven games.

[8/1/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki, Koji Uehara

by on Aug.01, 2015 @ 5:50 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 7/31 SDP 8
MIA 3
RF 5 0 0 0 0 2 2 .241
Batted second. Results: Kl, G5, Ks, F8, G4. Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015, Sponichi 8/1/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 7/31 SFG 3
TEX 6
LF 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 .312
Batted ninth. Results: 2B9[9] one RBI[20], F8, 1B9, G4. Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015, Sponichi 8/1/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 7/31 PAW 1
BUF 2
PR 0 0 0 0 0 0   .267
Entered the game as a pinch-runner for Josh Thole in the bottom of the 9th. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 10th. Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015, Daily Sports 8/1/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 7/31 PUL 3
PRI 4
2B 3 0 0 0 2 1   .297
Batted fifth. Results: G7(DP), BB, G4, Ks, BB.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 7/31 TBR 5
BOS 7
12-10 6 1.1 3 0 0 0 1 0 2.60
Entered the game in the top of the 7th with runners on first and second, two out, and Boston up 4-3. He gave up a double to the first batter he faced, pinch-hitter John Jaso, and allowed both inherited runners to score before striking out Kevin Kiermaier to end the inning. He left the game after finishing out the top of the 8th with Boston up 6-5. He recorded the win (2-3). Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015, Sponichi 8/1/2015. MLB.tv: Jaso's pinch-hit go-ahead double, Red Sox turn two.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 7/31 TBR 5
BOS 7
24-16 4 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.39
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 7-5. Picked up the save (23). Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015, Sponichi 8/1/2015. MLB.tv: Koji earns the save.

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NPB: Roster Changes for 8/1/2015

by on Aug.01, 2015 @ 5:22 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
HAN P 47 山本 翔也 Yamamoto, Shoya
HIR OF 69 R.ロサリオ Rosario, Rainel
YOK P 20 須田 幸太 Suda, Kota
YOK P 22 高崎 健太郎 Takasaki, Kentaro
YAK P 12 石山 泰稚 Ishiyama, Taichi
YAK P 54 中澤 雅人 Nakazawa, Masato

Removed from the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
HAN P 34 高宮 和也 Takamiya, Kazuya
HIR OF 57 N.シアーホルツ Schierholtz, Nate
YOK P 15 井納 翔一 Ino, Shoichi
YOK P 54 小杉 陽太 Kosugi, Yota
YOK INF 7 石川 雄洋 Ishikawa, Takehiro
YAK P 17 成瀬 善久 Naruse, Yoshihisa
YAK INF 3 西浦 直亨 Nishiura, Naomichi

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
ORI P 64 森本 将太 Morimoto, Shota

Removed from the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
ORI P 91 A.マエストリ Maestri, Alessandro

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* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on August 11.