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[4/21/2014] Yakult Swallows: Yasuhiro Ogawa has fracture in right hand

by on Apr.21, 2014 @ 4:44 pm, under NPB
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Yasuhiro Ogawa had his right hand examined at a hospital in Tokyo earlier today.  He was diagnosed with a fracture in his right hamate hook bone.  He will need to keep things immobile for a while, but might be able to play some catch in about four weeks, depending on how much progress he makes.  It could take about six weeks for the bone to fully heal.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2014, Sports Hochi 4/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014

[4/21/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with pitcher Anthony Carter

by on Apr.21, 2014 @ 4:11 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Anthony Carter.  He has been assigned the number seventy.  According to Sponichi, the deal will run through to the end of the season and will be worth an estimated forty million yen plus bonuses.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 4/21/2014

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NPB: Roster Changes for 4/21/2014

by on Apr.21, 2014 @ 3:58 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Roster

Yomiuri Giants

- Cepeda, Frederich OF

Added to the Active Roster

None

Removed from the Active Roster

Hiroshima Carp

- Imamura, Takeru P
- Nishihara, Keita P

Chunichi Dragons

- Gomez, Alexis OF

Yokohama Bay Stars

- Takasaki, Kentaro P
- Tsuchiya, Kenji P
- Sosa, Jorge P

Pacific League Updates

None

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* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on May 1.

[4/21/2014] Daisuke Matsuzaka, Norichika Aoki, Junichi Tazawa

by on Apr.21, 2014 @ 3:52 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 4/20 NYY 5
TBR 1
PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .355
Entered the game as a pinch-runner for Derek Jeter in the top of the 11th. Caught stealing (challenged, overturned; fourth time involving Ichiro: April 4, April 6, April 18, April 20). Removed from the game in the bottom of the 11th. Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 4/20 MIN 8
KCR 3
RF 5 0 2 0 0 0 4 .286
Batted lead-off. G3, F8, F9, 1B7, 1B7. Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 4/20 SRC 0
TAC 1
3B 3 0 0 0 0 1   .132
SRC 8
TAC 3
DH 1 0 0 1 1 0   .128
Gm1 - Batted seventh. G1, Ks, G5. Gm 2 - Batted seventh. F8, BB-RBI[4]. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 4th. Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 4/20 RRE 6
IOW 0
2B 2 1 0 1 2 1   .349
Batted ninth. BB, G3(DP), BB-R[13], Ks. Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 4/20 ATL 3
NYM 4
44-26 10 3.0 0 0 0 1 5 0 2.25
Entered the game in the 11th with the score tied at three. Picked up his 2,000 NPB (1,355) + MLB (645) strikeout in the 11th. Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/20 BAL 5
BOS 6
1-1 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with a runner on first, one out, and the score tied at five. Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014

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[4/20/2014] Injury Report: Yasuhiro Ogawa (Yakult), Ryo Hijirisawa (Rakuten)

by on Apr.20, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka visited the Koshien clubhouse on Friday to provide the team with an update on his progress.  The Tigers are still not sure when Nishioka will be able to begin his rehab at the Naruohama facilities. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Daily Sports 4/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Jorge Sosa's outing on Sunday was cut short when he hurt the back of his left thigh. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei Nakamura took an HBP off his left elbow on Saturday.  He was examined at a hospital in Osaka after the game and diagnosed with a bruise.  He was not in the starting line-up on Sunday, but was available off the bench. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa was taken off the active roster on Sunday because he was still experiencing pain in his right hand.  Ogawa took a batted ball off his right hand during a game against Hanshin on the 18th.  As a precaution, he will have the hand examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Monday. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Sports Hochi 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ryo Hijirisawa was taken off the active roster on Sunday because he was not feeling well.  Aoi Enomoto was called up to fill in for Hijirisawa. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (back tightness) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on Saturday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenichi Nakata was pulled after eight innings on Saturday against Lotte because he had a cut on the tip of his right thumb.  He got the cut when he threw a slider to Yuta Yoshida in the 5th inning.  He managed to limit Lotte's chances on the base-paths until he walked two straight to start the 8th. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014

[4/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Apr.20, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants lost after giving up five runs in the 11th inning on Saturday.  The last time they allowed five or more runs in extra innings was when they gave up six runs in the 12th against Chunichi at Tokyo Dome on October 10, 2006. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez reached based in his twenty-first consecutive game on Sunday and tied the franchise record for first-year foreign players set by Cecil Fielder in 1989. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Daily Sports 4/20/2014 ... Gomez joined Jim Paciorek (1992), George Arias (2002), and Andy Sheets (2005) as the only foreign players in franchise history to record twenty or more RBIs in April during their first season with the Tigers.  Of the four, only Gomez has managed to achieve the feat during his first year in the NPB.  Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014
  • Daiki Enokida was sent down to Ni-gun on Sunday for extra work.  He has been pulled after three or fewer innings in three of the four starts he has made so far this year.  In the three starts (3.0 innings on March 30 against Yomiuri; 1.2 innings on April 6 against Yakult; and 2.1 innings on April 19 against Yakult), he gave up twelve runs (all earned) on seventeen hits. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Daily Sports 4/20/2014
  • The Tigers extended their winning streak at Koshien to eight games.  Their last eight-game winning streak at Koshien came in September 2006. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Takeru Imamura will be sent down to Ni-gun after giving up three runs (all earned) on four hits over two innings of work on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
  • The Carp moved eight games above .500 on Saturday for the first time since June 5, 1998 (27-19-0).  The last time they were eight games above .500 in April was on April 28, 1998 (14-6-0). ... 2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri joined Yasuyuki Yamauchi (1995), Hiroki Kuroda (1997), and Yuya Fukui (2011) as the only pitchers in franchise history to start their careers with a two-game winning streak. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
  • Shota Dobayashi hit a grand slam on Saturday and joined Terushi Nakajima (September 1990) and Takanori Suzuki (July 1995) as the only players in NPB history to hit a grand slam, walk-off home run (April 2), and pinch-hit home run (April 8) in the same month. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars fell ten games under .500 on Saturday after playing eighteen games for the first time since 2003. Source: Sanpso 4/20/2014

[4/20/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Apr.20, 2014 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yuki Karakawa was taken off the active roster on Sunday after another rough start on Saturday.  In the three games he has started and lost this season, he has given up eighteen runs (all earned) on twenty-nine hits over 15.1 innings of work.  Karakawa will remain with the Ichi-gun team as he works through his issues.  He might get a chance to start a game on May 1 against Rakuten at kobo Stadium.  Takahiro Fujioka could get what would have been Karakawa's next start on the 26th against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome.  Ryoji Katsuki was called up to take his spot on the active roster. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Daily Sports 4/20/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshitomo Tani was taken off the active roster on Sunday because of his struggles at the plate (9 G, 2-for-16).  Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014

NPB: Roster Changes for 4/20/2014

by on Apr.20, 2014 @ 4:11 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Hanshin Tigers

- Iwata, Minoru P

Removed from the Active Roster

Hanshin Tigers

- Enokida, Daiki P

Yakult Swallows

- Ogawa, Yasuhiro P

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Chiba Lotte Marines

- Katsuki, Ryoji P

Orix Buffaloes

- Yoshida, Kazumasa P

Rakuten Eagles

- Enomoto, Aoi OF

Removed from the Active Roster

Chiba Lotte Marines

- Karakawa, Yuki P

Orix Buffaloes

- Tani, Yoshitomo OF

Rakuten Eagles

- Hijirisawa, Ryo OF

* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on April 30.

[4/20/2014] Norichika Aoki, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Koji Uehara

by on Apr.20, 2014 @ 1:48 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 4/19 NYY 1
TBR 16
RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .355
Entered the game as a defensive replacement in right in the bottom of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 4/19 MIN 4
KCR 5
RF 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 .276
Batted lead-off. 1B8, L7, 1B7-RBI[3]-SB[3] (third base)-R[9], G6, G4. Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
Gosuke Katoh NYY 4/19 ROM 3
CRD 2
2B 3 0 0 0 0 2   .154
ROM 4
CRD 8
2B 2 0 0 0 1 1   .146
Gm 1: batted eighth. Ks, F7, Ks. ... Gm 2: batted seventh. E5t, BB, Ks.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 4/19 ATL 7
NYM 5
18-12 6 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 9.00
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with New York down 3-1. (WP, 1). First relief appearance since May 4, 2011. Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/19 BAL 2
BOS 4
11-8 4 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 7th with a runner on first, two out, and the score tied at two. Recorded the win (W, 1-0). Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
Koji Uehara BOS 4/19 BAL 2
BOS 4
19-12 4 1.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 4-2. Picked up the save (S, 4). Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
Toru Murata CLE 4/19 TOL 7
COL 6
51-37 16 3.2 5 3 3 0 2 2 9.00
Started the game. Left in the top of the 4th with a runner on first, two out, and the game tied at three.

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 2 (April 20, 2014)

by on Apr.20, 2014 @ 4:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 13:30
Starters: Otani, Shohei (HAM) 1-0, 2.08 - Karashima, Wataru (RAK) 2-0, 0.44

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 9 1
Rakuten 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 9 4

Attendance: 22187 | Time: 3h25m | Series tied, 3-3-0

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