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NS: Hanshin Tigers 0 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 1 (October 30, 2014)

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:30
Starters: Messenger, Randy (HAN) 13-10, 3.20 - Settsu, Tadashi (SOF) 10-8, 3.90

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Softbank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 9 0

Attendance: 36068 | Time: 3h31m | Softbank leads series, 4-1-0

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[10/29/2014] Nippon Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 2:44 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • At twenty years and six months, Shintaro Fujinami became the second youngest pitcher in franchise history to pitch in a Nippon Series game. Katsuhiko Maki holds the record at nineteen years and nine months in 1962. Fujinami also became the youngest pitcher in franchise history to lose a Nippon Series game. The previous record of twenty-four years and ten months was set by Naohisa Sugiyama in 2005. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014
  • Hanshin designated hitters since 1985: Sumio Hirota (six games), 3-for-22, 1 RBI in 1985; Katsumi Hirosawa (one game) and Osamu Hamanaka (three games) combined to go 1-for-14 with 0 RBI in 2003; Atsushi Kataoka (two games), 1-for-5 with 0 RBI in 2005. Source: Sanspo 10/29/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer Osamu Hamanaka a job as Ni-gun hitting coach. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dae-Ho Lee left Wednesday's game with pain in his right wrist. He reportedly tweaked the wrist during his at bat in the 1st and was removed after his at bat in the 3rd as a precaution. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014
  • Kenji Otonari recorded a victory in his first career Nippon Series appearance and joined Toshiya Sugiuchi (2003, Game 2) and Hiroki Yamada (2011, Game 5) as the only left-handed pitchers in franchise history to achieve the feat. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014 ... Otonari has received advice from mental trainer Hatsumi Nishida. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

[10/29/2014] Rumors: Takahiro Mahara (Orix), Eishin Soyogi (Hiroshima)

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 2:34 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi earned his domestic FA option this year. He met with team officials at Mazda Stadium on Tuesday for the second time this off-season. He was reportedly offered a one-year deal worth 110 million yen. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014 ... He may have been offered a two-year deal worth 200 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2014 ... Soyogi may have been offered a one-year deal and a multi-year. He still has things on his mind and would like to meet team officials at least one more time. He will most likely be an A rank player and will require compensation if signed by another team. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani told reporters he met with team officials on the 27th for the second time this off-season. He may have been offered a one-year deal instead of multiple years. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Mahara has decided not to exercise his FA option and will remain with Orix. He met with the Buffaloes on Tuesday and agreed to sign a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2014

[10/29/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 2:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants announced that Tetsuya Yamaguchi (left elbow) is undergoing Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. He is not expected to join the main team for some time as he gets treatment. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The media learned Takeru Imamura is having problems with his right shoulder. He was not included in the list of players attending fall camp. He has been told to rest his arm for about a month. Koichi Ogata told reporters Imamura first started feeling discomfort in his shoulder during the regular season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Chunichi fall camp started on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2014
  • The Dragons could spend up to 500 million yen on new players next season. Head coach Shigekazu Mori left for the Dominican Republic to search for talent on Tuesday. They are looking for two starters and an outfielder. They will also most likely check on players in the United States and Cuba. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The media learned on Tuesday that Shingo Kawabata (27) was married to thirty-year-old talento Kyoka Mizuno. The two filed marriage papers on June 22. They are planning to hold a ceremony after the 2015 season. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

[10/29/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 2:16 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo wants infielders and outfielders ready to play all positions. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe is planning to push players hard during fall camp. There will be morning and evening practice sessions. They are also scheduled to play practices games against Hiroshima on November 9 and 14. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2014
  • The Lions announced that they added Shogo Akada to their staff as a Ni-gun Ikusei coach. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yuki Karakawa is scheduled to start the first game against the Lamigo Monkeys on October 31. Source: Sports Hochi 10/29/2014
  • The Marines released more information about fan appreciation day on Wednesday. It will take place at QVC Marine Field on November 22. Gates will open at 9:45am. The opening ceremony will begin at 10:45am. Admission will be free. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

[10/29/2014] Yakult Swallows 2015 Coaching Staff

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 11:08 pm, under NPB
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Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 77 真中 満 Manaka, Mitsuru 43
Strategy/Infield/Base Coach 88 三木 肇 Miki, Hajime 37
Pitching Coach 99 高津 臣吾 Takatsu, Shingo 45
Pitchin Coach 84 伊藤 智仁 Ito, Tomohito 43
Chief Hitting Coach 74 杉村 繁 Suigumura, Shigeru 57
Hitting Coach 76 宮出 隆自 Miyade, Ryuji 37
Outfield/Base Coach 73 福地 寿樹 Fukuchi, Kazuki 38
Battery Coach 78 野村 克則 Nomura, Katsunori 41

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 92 伊東 昭光 Ito, Akimitsu 51
Chief Pitching Coach 86 成本 年秀 Narimoto, Toshihide 46
Pitching Coach 79 山部 太 Yamabe, Futoshi 43
Pitchin Coach 98 石井 弘寿 Ishii, Hirotoshi 37
General Position Player Coach 96 池山 隆寛 Ikeyama, Takahiro 48
Hitting Coach 83 斉藤 宜之 Saito, Takayuki 38
Infield/Base Coach 89 水谷 新太郎 Mizutani, Shintaro 60
Outfield/Base Coach 75 土橋 勝征 Dobashi, Katsuyuki 45
Battery Coach   未定 Undecided  
Hitting Advisor 81 伊勢 孝夫 Ise, Takao 69

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Source: official announcement

[10/29/2014] Orix Buffaloes: Fall camp roster

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 10:44 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes will hold fall camp at Kochi Tobu Baseball Stadium in Kochi between November 1 and 20. Players will get the day off on November 4, 8, 12, and 16.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 松葉 貴大 Matsuba, Takahiro
P 吉田 一将 Yoshida, Kazumasa
P 佐藤 達也 Sato, Tatsuya
P 平野 佳寿 Hirano, Yoshihisa
P 岸田 護 Kishida, Mamoru
P 西 勇輝 Nishi, Yuki
P 東明 大貴 Tomei, Daiki
P 比嘉 幹貴 Higa, Motoki
P 大山 暁史 Oyama, Satoshi
P 海田 智行 Kaida, Tomoyuki
P 榊原 諒 Sakakibara, Ryo
P 戸田 亮 Toda, Ryo
P 前田 祐二 Maeda, Yuji
P 森本 将太 Morimoto, Shota
P 古川 秀一 Furukawa, Shuichi
P 柴田 健斗 Shibata, Kento
C 伊藤 光 Ito, Hikaru
C 齋藤 俊雄 Saito, Toshio
C 山崎 勝己 Yamazaki, Katsuki
INF 安達 了一 Adachi, Ryoichi
INF 岩崎 恭平 Iwasaki, Kyohei
INF 縞田 拓弥 Shimada, Takuya
INF 小島 脩平 Kojima, Shuhei
INF 堤 裕貴 Tsutsumi, Yuki
INF 山本 和作 Yamamoto, Kazunao
OF 丸毛 謙一 Marumo, Kenichi
OF 後藤 駿太 Goto, Shunta
OF 川端 崇義 Kawabata, Takayoshi
OF T-岡田 Okada, Takahiro

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Source: official announcement