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[4/24/2014] Injury Report: Takuya Asao, Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi), Takeya Nakamura (Seibu)

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao (right elbow) tossed batting practice at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday.  He threw eighty pitches at about forty to fifty percent.  He threw the pitches from a short distance.  It was his first session since he got hurt. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday.  He faced thirteen hitters, threw fifty pitches, allowed three hits, and struck out four.  He is scheduled to start a Ni-gun rehab game on May 1 against Orix. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco (left thigh) is expected to return to the active roster some time during Inter-league play.  He has already started taking soft-toss batting practice and is playing catch.  He could begin playing in rehab games at Ni-gun in early May. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to add Takeya Nakamura (back tightness) to the active roster on Friday.  In five Ni-gun games through Wednesday, Nakamura was 4-for-18 with two home runs, four RBI, three walks, and nine strikeouts (.222/.333/.556). Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014 ... Nakamura went 0-for-2 in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014

[4/24/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai recorded the second pinch-hit home run of his career on Wednesday.  His first came on May 19, 2012 against Rakuten.  It was the first pinch-hit home run for the Tigers during the regular season since Tomoaki Kanemoto hit one against Yakult on September 26, 2012. Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014
  • Randy Messenger is 5-7 with a 3.20 ERA in fourteen career appearances against Chunichi, including 1-5 with a 4.17 ERA in seven games at Nagoya Dome. Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami's next start will most likely come on the 29th against Hiroshima at Koshien. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014 ... Fujinami tosses bullpen sessions on the day before his starts.  Messenger told reporters he thought the youngster might be hitting a wall when he nears 100 pitches during his starts because he is throwing too hard during the sessions. Source: Tokyo Sports 4/24/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp moved nine games above .500 on Wednesday for the first time since they were 21-12-0 on May 16, 1998.  The last time they were up at least nine games before the end of April was on April 30, 1989 (15-3-0).  They have won seven of the eight series they have played so far, a first since 1989. Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto started a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Koshien on Thursday.  He pitched six shutout innings while allowing four hits. Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014

[4/24/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 11:41 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui set a franchise record on Wednesday by walking five hitters in the 1st inning. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014 ... The Seibu Lions apparently think Matsui has nothing to learn at Ni-gun and would do well to stay at Ichi-gun -- Ni-gun may not be enough of a challenge and doing well there does not mean he will do well at Ichi-gun. Source: Tokyo Sports 4/24/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yosuke Okamoto will be sent down to Ni-gun after giving up three runs on six hits over two innings of work on Thursday.  In four games (three starts), he allowed fifteen runs (thirteen earned) on twenty-seven hits and for walks over 10.1 innings. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014
  • Yusei Kikuchi is scheduled to start a game on the 26th against Softbank at YafuOku Dome. Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014
  • Seibu Holdings returned to the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Wednesday.  To celebrate, the Lions will be offering discounted same-day tickets for all available seats during an upcoming three-game series against the Fighters (April 29-May 1). Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yuki Karakawa threw fifty pitches (slide step) to 5th round draft pick Seiya Inoue, Daichi Suzuki, 3rd round draft pick Ryo Miki, and 2nd round draft pick Yuta Yoshida during batting practice on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014

[4/24/2014] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 11:40 pm, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Koji Akiyama took some batting practice at YafuOku Dome on Thursday.  He swung the bat forty-four times and hit one over the fence. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014
  • The Hawks allowed five home runs on Wednesday for the first time since a game against Lotte on May 13, 2009 (Tadahito Iguchi, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Naotaka Takehara, Benny Agbayani, and Kazuya Fukuura, all off Kenji Otonari). ... Hayato Terahara's next start will most likely come on the 30th against Orix at Kyocera Dome.  He could get pushed out of the rotation if he has another bad outing. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Kazunao Yamamoto joined the Ichi-gun team for practice at Hotto Motto on Thursday.  He is expected to make the active roster on Friday.  Takuya Shimada was taken off the active roster on Wednesday to make room. Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014
  • Sawai Seiyaku will be a sponsor for a game against Hanshin on May 21. Source: official announcement, official announce (Sawai)

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Anthony Carter could pitch in his first Ni-gun game on the 25th against Yomiuri.  He threw forty pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014
  • Yuki Saito is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri at Kamagaya on the 27th.  He is planning to toss a bullpen session on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014
  • Hideki Kuriyama went with 2nd round draft pick Hiroshi Urano over Naoyuki Uwasawa on Wednesday because he wanted a starter with experience at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014
  • Five players hit home runs in Wednesday's game against the Softbank Hawks (Shohei Otani, Haruki Nishikawa, Keiji Obiki, Kenji Sato, and Juan Miranda) .  The last time the Fighters hit five in one game was on April 14, 2013 against Orix.  The last time five different Fighters went yard in the same game was on August 4, 2006 against Seibu (Michihiro Ogasawara, Makoto Kaneko, Kensuke Tanaka, Atsunori Inaba, and Hichori Morimoto). ... Nine home runs were hit during Wednesday's game.  The last game game to feature at least nine home runs was between Yomiuri (eight) and Hiroshima (one) on June 29, 2010.  The last Pacific League game was on August 13, 2005 between Lotte (seven) and Orix (four).  The NPB record for home runs in a game is thirteen, set on April 26, 1949 by Daiei (eight) and Kyojin (five); and October 3, 1980 by Lotte (nine) and Kintetsu (four).  Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014, Sponichi 4/24/2014
  • Otani recorded three victories and three home runs in his first year.  He has two wins and one home run so far this year.  He is the first pitcher to record at least one win and one home run in each of his first two seasons since Kenshin Kawakami in 1998 and 1999.  He also joined Masaichi Kaneda (eleven years, 1950-1960), Takao Kajimoto (two years, 1954-1955), Masaaki Ikenaga (five years, 1965-1969), and Tsuneo Horiuchi (nine years, 1966-1974) as the only players out of high school since the start of the two leagues to record two or more consecutive seasons of at least one win and one home run, beginning with their first year. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014