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[4/19/2014] Yomiuri Giants close to announcing one-year deal with Frederich Cepeda

by on Apr.19, 2014 @ 12:03 pm, under NPB
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According to at least two reports, the Yomiuri Giants have agreed to a one-year deal with the Baseball Federation of Cuba and thirty-four-year-old Cuban outfielder Frederich Cepeda.  He could arrive in Japan as early as mid-May, depending on his visa situation.  An official announcement of the deal is expected within the next few days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2014, Sports Hochi 4/19/2014, Jiji Press 4/19/2014, Yomiuri Shimbun 4/19/2014

[4/18/2014] Second test: Baseballs from three stadiums over league limits

by on Apr.19, 2014 @ 1:20 am, under NPB
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The NPB conducted another batch of tests on Friday.  Baseballs tested were selected from six stadiums on the 10th.  The average coefficient of restitution was 0.423.  Three stadiums (instead of five from the previous test) had averages that went over the league limits.

Stadiums that went over the limits:

  • Tokyo Dome and Sapporo Dome: 0.427
  • Nagoya Dome: 0.425

Source: Sponichi 4/18/2014, NHK 4/18/2014

[4/18/2014] 2013 draft class uncommon last names

by on Apr.19, 2014 @ 1:03 am, under NPB
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Myoji Yurai (last name origins) published a list of the thirty most uncommon last names from last year's draft.

The top five:

Rank Last Name English Team Domestic Rank Number (Est)
1 阿知羅 Achira Chunichi 82,187 ~10
2 濱矢 Hamaya Rakuten 64,637 ~20
3 奥浪 Okunami Orix 45,261 ~50
4 陽川 Yokawa Hanshin 19,387 ~300
5 東明 Tomei Orix 18,821 ~300

Source: Myoji Yurai via Sponichi 4/18/2014

[4/18/2014] Injury Report: Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima), Takeya Nakamura (Seibu)

by on Apr.19, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda tossed twenty-five pitches during a bullpen session on Friday.  He is still on track for a possible start on the 20th against Yokohama at Yokohama.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/18/2014, Sanspo 4/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa left Friday's game against Hanshin after he took a batted ball off his hand.  With a runner on first and two out in the 2nd, Takashi Toritani hit a ball back to the mound that struck Ogawa in the palm of his right hand.  Source: Sanspo 4/18/2014
  • Shohei Tateyama visited the team clubhouse at Jingu on Thursday to provide coaches with an update on his progress.  Tateyama had elbow surgery on the 10th and will require about a month for a full recovery.  Source: Sanspo 4/18/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (back tightness) played in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Seibu 2 Stadium on Friday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-5: Ks, Ks, Kl, L5, 1B7.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/18/2014, Sanspo 4/18/2014
  • Ryo Sakata (dislocated shoulder) had surgery on his left shoulder on Friday.  He could require three to six months for a full recovery.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/18/2014
  • Hideto Asamura took a thrown ball off the back of his neck while sliding into third base in the 3rd inning of Thursday's game against Lotte.  He lost consciousness momentarily, but was otherwise okay (he remained in the game until the end).  Source: Sanspo 4/18/2014, Sports Hochi 4/18/2014