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NPB: Roster Changes for 9/23/2014

by on Sep.23, 2014 @ 5:19 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Hanshin Tigers

- Fujii, Akihito C

Yokohama Bay Stars

- Kuwahara, Masayuki OF

Yakult Swallows

- Furuno, Masato P
- Nishida, Akihisa C
- Matsui, Jun OF

Removed from the Active Roster

Yakult Swallows

- Barnette, Tony P

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Rakuten Eagles

- Hamaya, Kodai P

Seibu Lions

- Miyata, Kazuki P

Removed from the Active Roster

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* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on October 3.

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 2 (September 23, 2014)

by on Sep.23, 2014 @ 5:46 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Rakuten Eagles vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 14:00
Starters: Matsui, Yuki (RAK) 3-7, 4.13 - Otonari, Kenji (SOF) 3-0, 1.50

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

Attendance: 36267 | Time: 3h18m | Softbank leads series, 12-9-0

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4 – Chiba Lotte Marines 8 (September 23, 2014)

by on Sep.23, 2014 @ 5:46 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Chiba Lotte Marines @ QVC Marine Field - 13:00
Starters: Nakamura, Masaru (HAM) 7-1, 3.60 - Ishikawa, Ayumu (LOT) 8-8, 3.55

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 9 0
Lotte 1 3 1 0 0 0 3 0 X 8 10 0

Attendance: 25003 | Time: 3h20m | Nippon Ham leads series, 12-9-0

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Hanshin Tigers 1 – Yokohama Bay Stars 2 (September 23, 2014)

by on Sep.23, 2014 @ 5:46 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 13:00
Starters: Iwata, Minoru (HAN) 9-8, 2.85 - Kubo, Yasutomo (YOK) 12-6, 3.59

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 11 1
Yokohama 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2X 2 5 0

Attendance: 28714 | Time: 3h2m | Hanshin leads series, 14-6-0

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Hiroshima Toyo Carp 7 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 (September 23, 2014)

by on Sep.23, 2014 @ 5:45 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Hiroshima Carp vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 13:00
Starters: Heath, Deunte (HIR) 2-0, 1.78 - Narveson, Chris (YAK) 4-10, 4.19

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hiroshima 0 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 7 16 0
Yakult 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 6 1

Attendance: 31511 | Time: 3h13m | Hiroshima leads series, 13-6-0

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[9/22/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Sep.23, 2014 @ 5:45 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano threw forty-three pitches in the bullpen on Monday in preparation for his next start on the 24th against Chunichi. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014
  • Probable starters for the Chunichi series that begins on the 23rd at Nagoya Dome: Toshiya Sugiuchi, Sugano, and Chris Seddon. Source: Sponichi 9/22/2014
  • Shinnosuke Abe became the fourth catcher in NPB history to record 300 or more doubles. The other three: Katsuya Nomura with 397, Motonobu Tanishige with 391, and Atsuya Furuta with 368. Source: Sponichi 9/22/2014
  • The Giants play Chunichi at Nagoya Dome between the 23rd and 25th and Yokohama at Yokohama between the 26th and 28th. They are not scheduled to play any games on the 29th and 30th. They are making preparations for possible celebrations in Nagoya, Yokohama, and Tokyo in case they clinch first before the end of the month. Source: Sanspo 9/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh recorded a hit in his first NPB plate appearance during Sunday's game against the Chunichi Dragons. It was the first time Oh recorded a hit in his professional career (KBO and NPB). It was also the first hit by a Hanshin closer since Kyuji Fujikawa on September 5, 2010. Oh borrowed Tsuyoshi Nishioka's bat. Source: Sponichi 9/22/2014, Sanspo 9/22/2014
  • Old timer Atsushi Fujimoto will try his hand at hosting a radio program on MBS Radio. The program will air on Sundays at 5:59pm, beginning on November 8. Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Forty-year-old Daisuke Miura is planning to continue playing in 2015. He may have his eyes set on winning at least 180 games before he decides to retire (he is currently sitting on 166). Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada has recorded 177 hits so far this year. Of the nineteen players that have recorded 190 or more hits in NPB history, only four have been right-handed. Of those four, only one was Japanese -- Fumio Fujimura with 191 in 1950. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014 ... Yamada is the first Japanese hitter in franchise history to record twenty-five home runs since Akinori Iwamura hit thirty-two in 2006; and the first right-handed Japanese hitter in franchise history since Katsumi Hirosawa hit 26 in 1994. Source: Sanspo 9/22/2014
  • The Swallows announced on Monday that Chris Carpenter will return to the United States on the 23rd because there are no plans for him to pitch against this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014

[9/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.23, 2014 @ 5:39 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Spring camp in 2015 will take place at Kumejima for the eleventh year in a row. Source: official announcement
  • The Eagles are thinking about scheduling a retirement ceremony for Senichi Hoshino on their last day of the regular season (October 6). Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takuya Toyoda could get the first start of his Ichi-gun career on the 25th against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014
  • Every hitter in the batting order struck out at least once during Sunday's game against the Softbank Hawks. It was the second time in franchise history every hitter in the batting order struck out at least once in a game. The other time: against Rakuten on September 1, 2009. Source: Sponichi 9/22/2014
  • Greg Reynolds left for the United States out of Narita Airport on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 9/22/2014
  • The media learned on Monday that former Seibu Lion Kazuhiro Kiyohara divorced his wife of fourteen years, Aki Kiyohara. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Daily Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Four pitchers combined to record strikeouts against every hitter in the batting order during Sunday's game against the Seibu Lions (nine hitters since there were no substitutions). It was the seventeenth time in NPB history one or more pitcher struck out every hitter in the batting order; and the third time in franchise history one or more pitcher struck out every hitter in the batting order. The other two times in franchise history: four pitchers against Nippon Ham on June 17, 1997 and one pitcher against Lotte on April 5, 2008. Source: Sponichi 9/22/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Everyone on the field will wear a special Atsunori Inaba uniforms during pre-game situational fielding practice on the day of Inaba's retirement ceremony. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014
  • There is a good chance Shohei Otani will make the Samurai Japan roster for the 2014 Suzuki All-Star Series. Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2014

[9/22/2014] 2014 Pro Yakyu Draft: NPB to invite fans again this year

by on Sep.22, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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The 2014 Pro Yakyu Draft will take place on October 23. The NPB will once again invite about 1,000 fans to watch the proceedings. Tickets will be given away via lottery drawing. Interested fans can use an online form to submit their entry any time between now and October 6 at 24:00. There is a limit of one submission per individual. Duplicate entries will be ignored. Up to two people can be named on one entry.

Source: official announcement