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[9/2/2014] 2014 Asia Series might be canceled

by on Sep.03, 2014 @ 3:35 am, under NPB
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The 2014 Asia Series might be canceled.

The media recently learned that the CPBL may not be able to host the Asia Series this year. The NPB received a notice from the league in writing. The CPBL was planning to host the series this year, but personnel changes caused delays and a shift in schedule. A change in venue may not be an option due to timing issues. There is also a chance the CPBL might cancel their Winter League as well.

The Asia Series was going to open this year as an official tournament under the World Baseball Softball Confederation. It was going to be used to help promote baseball and softball for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2014, Daily Sports 9/2/2014, Sponichi 9/2/2014, China Post 8/15/2014, Taipei Times 8/10/2014

[9/2/2014] Injury Report: Aarom Baldiris (Yokohama), Bryan Bullington (Hiroshima)

by on Sep.03, 2014 @ 2:24 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi had surgery to treat an extensor tendon dislocation in his right index finger. There were no complications during the procedure. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Tsubasa Aizawa was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on Tuesday and diagnosed with an injury to the right biceps femoris that will take one to two weeks for a full recovery. It might be about a month before he is able to play again. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014
  • Bryan Bullington was also examined at a hospital and was diagnosed with neuritis in his right ulna. He will be shut down for about two weeks. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Aarom Baldiris was removed from Tuesday's game against Hanshin on defense in the bottom of the 1st because of tightness in the right side of his lower back. He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sponichi 9/2/2014

[9/2/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.03, 2014 @ 2:04 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger finished out his start on Tuesday against the Yokohama Bay Stars with 201 strikeouts on the season and set a new franchise high. The previous high of 200 was set by Gene Bacque in 1964. The last pitcher in the Central League to record at least 200 strikeouts in a season was Kei Igawa with 228 in 2004. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014, Sanspo 9/2/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi's next two starts could come against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome on the 5th and Yomiuri at Koshien on the 11th.  He could also get a start against Yakult at Jingu on the 17th. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014, Daily Sports 9/2/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami's next start could come on the 6th against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome. His next start after that could come during a three-game series against Hiroshima that begins on the 12th at Koshien. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014
  • Suguru Iwazaki could get a start on Thursday against Yokohama at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 9/2/2014
  • The Tigers could make Masayuki Kakefu an Ichi-gun coach next year. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014, Sanspo 9/2/2014
  • International games: The Tigers will most likely allow Fujinami to participate in the Japan-US All-Star game in November, if he makes the team. Ryutaro Umeno could make the IBAF 21U World Cup roster (over-age slot). Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2014
  • International FA: The Kansas City Royals have been checking on Takashi Toritani. Their scouts have been spotted at a number of Hanshin games this season. Source: Sponichi 9/2/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Rainel Rosario became the sixty-third player in NPB history, thirty-first in Central League history, to hit for the cycle, first since Michihiro Ogasawara on September 3, 2008. He is the sixth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle, first since Tomoaki Kanemoto in 1999. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014Daily Sports 9/2/2014, Sponichi 9/2/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 2nd: Yusuke Nomura, Kenta Maeda, Yuya Fukui. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014, Daily Sports 9/2/2014
  • Maeda could get two more starts against the Giants: on September 15 at Mazda Stadium and on October 5 at Mazda Stadium. Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars agreed to allow Kuan-Yu Chen to participate in the 17th Asian Games (September 21-28).  Chen will be representing Chinese Taipei. Source: official announcement
  • Daisuke Miura's next start will most likely come on the 4th against Hanshin at Koshien. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014
  • The Bay Stars would like to see Yulieski Gourriel return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014 ... DeNA might be willing to go as high as 350 million yen plus incentives for Gourriel. Source: Sponichi 9/2/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are thinking about giving Toshihiro Sugiura a start at Ichi-gun, possibly during a nine-game stretch that begins on the 9th. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014
  • Chris Narveson is interested in returning to Yakult next year. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014

[9/2/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.03, 2014 @ 2:04 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori appears to have won the job as Yusei Kikuchi's personal catcher for the rest of the season. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014
  • Makoto Aiuchi started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on August 31 and recorded a complete game victory (9 IP, 35 BF, 6 H, 2 BB, 9 SO, 1 ER). The Lions could give Aiuchi a start some time after the Lions complete a ten-game stretch that begins on the 2nd. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014 ... A start during the Rakuten series that begins on the 13th at Seibu Dome is a possibility. Other possibilities include: Nippon Ham series that begins on the 15th and the Softbank series that begins on the 19th, both at Seibu Dome. Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2014
  • Hiroyuki Nakajima rumors: The Lions are interested in bringing Nakajima back to Saitama, if he decides to return to Japan next year. They could be willing to offer him three or more years. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014 ... The Lions see Nakajima as either a third baseman or shortstop. If he gets third, Takeya Nakamura and Ernesto Mejia could share first and DH, Hideto Asamura could take second, and a combination of Yuji Onizaki, Naoto Watanabe, and Kyohei Nagae could get starts at short. If Nakajima gets short, Mejia could take first and Nakamura third; or Yuji Kaneko could get second, Asamura third, and Nakamura and Mejia could share first and DH. Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2014 ... Sponichi also mentions Seibu's interest in Nakajima. Source: Sponichi 9/2/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu threw sixty-nine pitches in the bullpen on Monday. He is slated to start Wednesday's game against Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014
  • Yuichi Honda's wife gave birth to the couple's second child at a hospital in Fukuoka on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014
  • Head Coach Hiroshi Ogawa was admitted to a hospital in Fukuoka for one or more gallstones in his bile duct. Source: Sponichi 9/2/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Possible starters for the Softbank series that begins on the 2nd at YafuOku Dome: Takahiro Matsuba, Chihiro Kaneko, Yuki Nishi. All three pitchers worked out at YafuOku Dome on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014, Sports Hochi 9/2/2014
  • Orix old timer Kazuhiro "Punch" Sato was named Chief of Public Relations for the Saitama Musashi Heat Bears (Independent League). Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to start Wednesday's game against Rakuten on seven days of rest. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014
  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Seibu on Tuesday.  He gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits over five innings of work. He faced twenty-five batters, threw ninety-nine pitches, walked four, and struck out four. Source: Sanspo 9/2/2014