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[9/19/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.20, 2014 @ 3:53 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami picked up his tenth victory of the year on Friday and became the first player out of high school to record at least ten victories in each of his first two seasons in the NPB since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999 (sixteen victories) and 2000 (fourteen victories). The last pitcher to accomplish the feat in the Central League (and in franchise history) was Yutaka Enatsu in 1967 (twelve victories) and 1968 (twenty-five victories). Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014, Sponichi 9/19/2014 ... Fujinami recorded his sixth RBI of the season on Friday and became the first Japanese pitcher in franchise history to record six RBI in one season since Tetsuro Kawajiri in 1996. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer Atsushi Nomi a multi-year contract. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014
  • CS channel Sky A is planning to provide live coverage of fall camp this year. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

  • Tsubasa Aizawa (right hamstring) is hoping to make it back to the active roster in time for the Climax Series. He told reporters he no longer felt any pain and was able to swing the bat with full force. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda is slated to make three more starts during the regular season: against Yokohama on the 21st, against Yakult on the 28th, and against Yomiuri on October 5. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto could get another start on the 23rd against Yomiuri at Nagoya Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014
  • Thirty-nine-year-old pitcher Kenshin Kawakami will consider retirement if the Dragons decide to let him go. He enjoys the game, but "does not want to cling just to play." Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2014
  • The Dragons are planning to invite Masahiro Doi to their fall camp as a special instructor. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014
  • Takuya Asao may not pitch in another game this season (his last game was against Ni-gun Hiroshima on August 24). He could attend the Phoenix League. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014
  • Kazuhiro Wada (right wrist), Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow), Tatsuro Hamada (left ebow), and Hitoki Iwase will most likely miss the rest of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shugo Fujii believes he still has enough left in the tank to continue playing. He plans to attend the twelve-team tryouts if the Bay Stars decide to let him go. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles) could return to the United States as early as the 22nd, if he can get enough plate appearances to qualify for hitting titles during the Yomiuri series that begins on the 19th. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014

[9/19/2014] Rakuten Eagles , Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.20, 2014 @ 3:52 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto set a new franchise record on Friday by recording his seventh shutout of the season. The previous record of six was set by Masahiro Tanaka in 2009. Norimoto is the first pitcher in the NPB to notch seven shutouts in a season since Masaki Saito recorded seven in 1989. The last Pacific League pitcher to record seven or more shutouts in a season was Keiji Suzuki with eight in 1978. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014

Seibu Lions

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte opened a special retirement section for Tomoya Satozaki at the official team web site. They also provided additional details Satozaki's retirement ceremony events on September 28. Source: official announcement
  • The Marines are reportedly getting ready to offer thirty-nine-year-old infielder Tadahito Iguchi a three-year deal worth an estimated total 400 to 500 million yen. Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenta Imamiya notched his sixtieth sac hit of the season on Thursday and became the first player in NPB history to record sixty or more sac hits in more than one season. Imamiya set a Pacific League record last year with sixty-two sac hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters have informally decided to make Shohei Otani their opening pitcher for the First Stage of the Climax Series (assuming they make it that far). Until then, he will most likely get two more starts during the regular season: on the 21st against Rakuten at kobo Stadium and during a five-game stretch at Sapporo Dome that begins on the 27th. He could get a tune-up outing during the Phoenix League that begins on October 6. The First Stage of the Climax Series is scheduled to start on October 11. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014 ... If Otani starts game one of the First Stage of the Climax Series, it would allow him to start either game three or four of the Final Stage of the Climax Series on five or six days of rest. He could also be used as a position player for the first two games of the Final Stage of the Climax Series . Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014

[9/19/2014] Hiroshima Carp: Kosuke Tanaka takes batted ball of head during fielding practice

by on Sep.19, 2014 @ 8:58 pm, under NPB
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Kosuke Tanaka was struck in the head by a baseball during practices today. He was taken to a hospital in Hiroshima and diagnosed with a wound on the front portion of his head. Tests did not reveal any abnormalities to the brain or skull. He did require fourteen stitches to close a cut and will require about a week for a full recovery.

Tanaka was in the middle of fielding a grounder at short during pre-game practices when a errant batted ball struck him in the head. He was bleeding from his head and could not stand up on his own. He was taken off the field on a stretcher. He did not appear to lose consciousness.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2014, Sponichi 9/19/2014Daily Sports 9/19/2014