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[4/21/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.22, 2015 @ 3:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hector Mendoza is scheduled to arrive in Japan on April 22. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015
  • Frederich Cepeda was taken off the active roster on April 21 because of his struggles at the plate. Source: ZakZak 4/21/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger will be making his next start on April 22 against Yokohama on four days of rest. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2015
  • The Tigers could drop Matt Murton down to the six hole because of his struggles with consistency at the plate. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015, Sports Hochi 4/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015
  • Coaches Nobuhiro Takashiro and Koji Yamawaki spent time working with Shintaro Fujinami on his movements before his delivery, out of concern that he might be tipping his pitches. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015 ... Takashiro told reporters the issue was something they were working on since spring camp. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki was taken off the active roster on April 20 because there were enough relievers. The Tigers are planning to ease Ishizaki into a starting role at Ni-gun. Source: Sanspo 4/21/2015
  • The Tigers suggested that their fielders wear sunglasses when playing night games at Yokohama Stadium to combat the new LED lights. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kazuki Mishima was taken off the active roster on April 20 because he was not scheduled to pitch in an Ichi-gun game for at least ten days. Source: Sanspo 4/21/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Ni-gun game against Yokohama on April 21: Wladimir Balentien got the start at designated hitter and batted third. He went 1-for-3 with a solo home run off Yuta Kakita in the 4th.
  • Orlando Roman and Masato Furuno are among candidates that could get a start on April 26 against Yomiuri at Jingu. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015

[4/21/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Apr.22, 2015 @ 3:44 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kenta Imamiya was named a Special Onsen (Hot Spring) Tourism Ambassador for the city of Beppu. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on April 21: First round draft pick Kohei Arihara started the game and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits over six innings of work. He faced twenty-two hitters, walked none, and struck out four. Source: Sports Hochi 4/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015
  • Shohei Otani has been averaging one game as a pitcher and two games as a position player so far this season because of the light schedule. The team will begin playing six games a week in May and Hideki Kuriyama is thinking about expanding Otani's workload by one game as a position player each week. That could mean starts as a pitcher on Tuesday and starts as a position player on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015 ... According to Nikkan Sports, Kuriyama is planning to mix and match starts on six days of rest and starts on seven or more days of rest, depending on Otani's condition. The twenty-year-old will get starts on six days of rest most of the time, but could get an extra day or two as needed. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015 ... Otani signed an advisory contract with SAVAS. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2015 ... Otani's next start could come on eight days of rest on April 28 against Softbank at Sapporo Dome. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions want to give Tomoya Mori opportunities to grow as a catcher and are planning to give him chances at Ni-gun, while continuing to use him as a designated hitter at Ichi-gun. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015 ... Mori got the start at catcher and batted third in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on April 21. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. He got the start at designated hitter in an Ichi-gun game against Nippon Ham later in the day and went 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Chun-Lin Kuo was taken off the active roster on April 21 and sent down to Ni-gun to work on his mechanics. Kuo struggled in his last two starts and failed to make it past the 3rd inning on both occasions. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles are thinking about replacing the artificial turf at kobo Stadium with natural grass ahead of the 2016 season. They have been using the secondary field (aka, Green Field) to test the possibilities for natural grass. Source: Sports Hochi 4/21/2015

[4/21/2015] Seibu Lions unveil alternate yellow uniforms

by on Apr.21, 2015 @ 8:19 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions unveiled alternate yellow uniforms on Tuesday. The uniforms are a part of the parent company's 100th anniversary celebration. The yellow used in the uniforms are based on the color of the Seibu 2000 series train cars.

The uniforms will be worn during the following five games:

  • July 25, 26 vs Nippon Ham Fighters
  • July 31, August 1, 2 vs Softbank Hawks

Source: official announcement