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[9/4/2015] Norichika Aoki

by on Sep.04, 2015 @ 6:01 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki MIA 9/3 SFG 3
COL 11
PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .287
He entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Tim Hudson in the top of the 7th. Results: Ks. He was replaced by a pitcher in the bottom half of the inning. Nikkan Sports 9/4/2015, Sponichi 9/4/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 9/3 PUL 9
PRI 8
2B 5 1 1 0 0 3   .200
Batted fifth. Results: Kl, Ks, G1, 1B9-R[31], Ks.

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NPB: Roster Changes for 9/4/2015

by on Sep.04, 2015 @ 4:08 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
YOM OF 91 堂上 剛裕 Donoue, Takehiro
YOK INF 5 倉本 寿彦 Kuramoto, Toshihiko
YOK OF 4 荒波 翔 Aranami, Sho

Removed from the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
YOM OF 52 隠善 智也 Inzen, Tomoya
YOK INF 40 飛 雄 馬 Matsui, Hyuma

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
LOT OF 65 加藤 翔平 Kato, Shohei

Removed from the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
LOT OF 61 角中 勝也 Kakunaka, Katsuya

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* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on September 14.

NPB: Nihon Seimei MVP Award for August 2015

by on Sep.04, 2015 @ 3:17 pm, under NPB
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Central League

Nihon Seimei MVP Awards

Shunta Wakamatsu, Chunichi Dragons (First Time)
5 G, 4-1, 1 ShO, 34.1 IP, 26 SO, 8 ER, 2.12 ERA

Only pitcher in the league to win four games in August. Stopped an eight-game losing streak by tossing a shutout against the Yomiuri Giants on August 2. He went on to win his next three starts in a row.

Tetsuto Yamada, Yakult Swallows (Third Time)
26 G, 31-for-100, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 6 SB, .310 BA

Second straight MVP of the Month award. He batted third in all twenty-six games in August and led the league in home runs (9), RBI (22), and stolen bases (6, tied). Hit home runs in four consecutive at bats (HR, HR, BB, HR, HR). He is the fifteenth player in Central League history to win MVP awards in back-to-back months, first since Shuichi Murata in 2013 (July and August).

Pacific League

Nihon Seimei MVP Awards

Kona Takahashi, Seibu Lions (First Time)
5 G, 4-1, 1 ShO, 27.1 IP, 16 SO, 9 ER, 2.96 ERA

He started five games in August and led the league with four victories. He won four straight after losing his debut start on August 2. He is the third rookie out of high school in Pacific League history to win an MVP of the Month award, behind Kazuhiro Kiyohara (September 1986) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (July 1999). At eighteen years and six months, he is the youngest player in either league to win the award. The previous record of eighteen years and ten months was set by Matsuzaka.

Yuki Yanagita, Softbank Hawks (Second Time)
24 G, 32-for-88, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 9 SB, .364 AVG

Batted third in all twenty-four games in August. He led the league in batting average (.364), total bases (56), stolen bases (9), slugging percentage (.636), on base percentage (.467), and RBI (21, tied). He also won the award for May 2014.

Saitama Seibu Lions 2 – Chiba Lotte Marines 1 (September 4, 2015)

by on Sep.04, 2015 @ 6:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Seibu Lions vs Chiba Lotte Marines @ QVC Marine Field - 18:15
Starters: Togame, Ken (SEI) 9-7, 3.68 - Wakui, Hideaki (LOT) 11-8, 3.63

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Seibu 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 2
Lotte 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 10 0

Attendance: 14234 | Time: 3h51m | Lotte leads series, 11-9-1

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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 6 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5 (September 4, 2015)

by on Sep.04, 2015 @ 6:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Rakuten Eagles vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:00
Starters: Karashima, Wataru (RAK) 4-7, 4.46 - Nakata, Kenichi (SOF) 7-6, 3.50

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rakuten 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 6 10 0
Softbank 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 9 1

Attendance: 38500 | Time: 3h33m | Softbank leads series, 11-4-1

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Yomiuri Giants 8 – Yokohama Bay Stars 7 (September 4, 2015)

by on Sep.04, 2015 @ 6:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yomiuri Giants vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Sugano, Tomoyuki (YOM) 9-9, 1.94 - Mishima, Kazuki (YOK) 5-4, 4.06

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 8 11 0
Yokohama 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 7 10 3

Attendance: 28928 | Time: 3h14m | Yomiuri leads series, 11-9-0

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Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 (September 4, 2015)

by on Sep.04, 2015 @ 6:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Hiroshima Carp vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Johnson, Kris (HIR) 10-6, 1.84 - Ishikawa, Masanori (YAK) 8-9, 3.85

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hiroshima 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 9 1
Yakult 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 4 6 0

Attendance: 25884 | Time: 3h11m | Yakult leads series, 10-9-0

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[9/3/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.04, 2015 @ 6:04 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani went 2-for-5 against Hiroshima on September 3 and pushed his career hit total to 1,741. He started the day tied for third with Yutaka Wada on the franchise's all time hit list. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/3/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami racked up his ninth double-digit strikeout game on September 3 and became the first Tigers' pitcher to record nine or more double-digit strikeout games in a season since Yutaka Enatsu's eleven in 1971. The last pitchers in the NPB to record nine or more double-digit strikeout games in a season were Yu Darvish (fourteen) and Masahiro Tanaka (ten) in 2011. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/3/2015
  • Minoru Iwata will most likely make his next start on five days of rest on September 8 against Yomiuri. Depending on his condition, he could get a start on September 13 against Hiroshima on four days of rest. If he unable to make the start, it could go to Yuya Yokoyama. Takumi Akiyama rejoined Ni-gun practices and should get another chance to start a game at Ichi-gun. Source: Daily Sports 9/3/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi 's next two starts could come on September 5 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome and September 11 against Hiroshima at Koshien. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/3/2015
  • Mauro Gomez has struggled against Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda: 1-for-16 with no home runs, two RBI, and ten strikeouts. Source: Sanspo 9/3/2015
  • Yutaka Wada celebrated his fifty-third birthday on September 2. The Tigers were 1-5 on his birthday when he was an active player. As a coach, they were 5-2. As a manager, 2-1. Source: Sanspo 9/3/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Takahiro Arai has stolen home twice in his career: against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome on September 13, 2000; and against Hanshin at Koshien on September 2, 2015. Source: Daily Sports 9/3/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura picked up a win on September 2 and became the eighth player in NPB history to collect at least ten wins after turning forty. The other seven players: Masahiro Yamamoto (forty wins), Kimiyasu Kudo (thirty-eight wins), Tadashi Wakabayashi (thirty-six wins), Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (twenty-one wins), Yutaka Ono (nineteen wins), Masato Yoshii (fourteen wins), and Choji Murata (ten wins). The ten wins set a new franchise high for a pitcher over forty. The previous record of nine was set by Kudo in 2009. Source: Sanspo 9/3/2015

[9/3/2015] Hanshin Tigers: Matt Murton collects 1000th NPB hit in 809th game

by on Sep.04, 2015 @ 5:35 am, under NPB
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Matt Murton collected his 1,000th NPB hit during the Hiroshima Carp game on September 3. With a runner on third and one out in the bottom of the 1st, Murton hit a single to center off Yuya Fukui for hit number 1,000.

Murton added two more hits to his total after his 1,000th: a single to center in the 3rd and a double to left in the 7th.

Other notes about the hit:

  • Murton is the first foreign player in Tigers' history to reach 1,000 hits.
  • He recorded his 1,000th hit in his sixth season, fastest in NPB history.
  • He recorded his 1,000th hit in his 809th game, fifth fastest in NPB history. Ichiro Suzuki holds the NPB record of 757 games. Boomer Wells holds the NPB record for foreign players of 781 games.
  • He recorded his first hit on March 26, 2010 off Yokohama's Stephen Randolph.
  • He holds the NPB record for most hits in a season with 214. He led the league in hits in 2011 (180) and 2013 (178).

Fastest to 1,000 hits

Player Team Year Games
Suzuki, Ichiro Orix 1999 757
Aoki, Norichika Yakult 2010 770
Wells, Boomer Orix 1989 781
Yonamine, Wally Yomiuri 1958 793
Murton, Matt Hanshin 2015 809
Matsui, Kazuo Seibu 2001 818
Lee, Leron Lotte 1983 821
Rose, Robert Yokohama 1999 828
Nagashima, Shigeo Yomiuri 1964 849
Takahashi, Yoshinobu Yomiuri 2004 850

Foreign Players with at least 1,000 hits

Player Hits
Ramirez, Alex 2,017
Rhodes, Tuffy 1,792
Lee, Leron 1,579
Lee, Leon 1,436
Marcano, Bobby 1,418
Wells, Boomer 1,413
Cabrera, Alex 1,368
Yonamine, Wally 1,337
Rose, Robert 1,275
Fernandez, Jose 1,286
Sipin, John 1,124
Barbon, Roberto 1,123
Murton, Matt 1,002

Source: Daily Sports 9/3/2015, Sponichi 9/3/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2015