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[7/28/2014] Results from July 28 standard baseball tests

by on Jul.28, 2014 @ 9:08 pm, under NPB
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The NPB posted results for coefficient of restitution tests that were conducted on Mizuno's latest shipment of baseballs (3,600 boxes) from their plant in Shanghai.

Test Date: July 28, 2014

Number of Baseballs Tested: six boxes of twelve

Test Results

Sample Name Avg CoR
Group A 0.412
Group B 0.413
Group C 0.413
Group D 0.410
Group E 0.411
Group F 0.415
Total Avg 0.412

Coefficient of Restitution Limits: 0.4034 to 0.4234

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 7/28/2014

Sixth Georgia Award (2014)

by on Jul.28, 2014 @ 5:47 pm, under NPB
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The Sixth Georgia Award for 2014 went to Brad Eldred for his game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on June 15.

The Carp were in the middle of a nine-game losing streak.  Down 5-2 in the 7th inning, Eldred stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out and crushed a hanging slider over the fence in center to give his team a 6-5.  Hiroshima went on to win the game 8-5. Georgia video - Box score

NPB: Roster Changes for 7/28/2014

by on Jul.28, 2014 @ 3:25 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

None

Removed from the Active Roster

Yokohama Bay Stars

- Miura, Daisuke P

Yakult Swallows

- Akagawa, Katsuki P
- Iwamura, Akinori INF

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

None

Removed from the Active Roster

Chiba Lotte Marines

- Nemoto, Shunichi INF
- Omatsu, Shoitsu INF

Softbank Hawks

- Otonari, Kenji P

Nippon Ham Fighters

- Ishikawa, Shingo OF

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* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on August 7.

[7/27/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.28, 2014 @ 4:05 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama might join the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Monday.  He could also make the active roster on Tuesday.  Tateyama tossed a shutout inning in relief, while allowing two hits, against Ni-gun Chunichi on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2014
  • Ryosuke Ogata and umpire Ryohei Imaoka complained of feeling sick (like heat sickness) after the 5th inning of a Ni-gun game on the 26th against Chunichi.  Both Ogata and Imaoka were taken out of the game before the start of the 6th. Source: Daily Sports 7/27/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp held a press conference for Deunte Heath on Sunday. Source: official announcement
  • Daichi Osera on the cramp he developed during his last start on the 26th: "It felt like the cramp was mostly in the back area of my right hamstring.  I've been drinking a lot of water so I don't think it was dehydration.  I'm not really sure what the problem is.  I'm out here practicing like this and I'm not really having any major difficulties.  I'm fine." Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino is currently slated to make his next start on August 1 against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien. Source: Sponichi 7/27/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Nagisa Arakaki will most likely get his next Ni-gun start during a Nippon Ham series that begins on August 1.  He is slated to throw about 100 pitches. Source: Sanspo 7/27/2014

[7/27/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.28, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Seventy-seven red roses from Masahiro Tanaka were waiting in the manager's office when Senichi Hoshino returned to the team on the 25th. Source: Sponichi 7/27/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yuji Kaneko was removed from Saturday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines after his at bat in the 8th because he was suffering from a mild case of heat sickness. Source: Sanspo 7/27/2014, Sponichi 7/27/2014
  • Tomoya Mori was added to the active roster on Sunday.  This will give the Lions another bat off the bench and a third catcher. Source: Sponichi 7/27/2014, Daily Sports 7/27/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito tossed a bullpen session on Sunday.  He is still slated to make his next Ichi-gun start on the 31st against Lotte at QVC Marine. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2014

[7/27/2014] Seibu Lions announce decision to part ways with Cody Ransom

by on Jul.27, 2014 @ 9:47 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they will be parting ways with Cody Ransom.  He will be placed on waivers on Monday.

"He didn't really live up to our expectations.  We also wanted to give younger players a chance in August and September," said team official Haruhiko Suzuki.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 7/27/2014, Sports Hochi 7/27/204

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2014 Stats

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG
38 138 118 8 25 8 0 2 39 12 0 1 1 0 18 1 49 1 .212 .321 .331

NPB: Roster Changes for 7/27/2014

by on Jul.27, 2014 @ 6:20 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Yomiuri Giants

- Otake, Kan P

Chunichi Dragons

- Payano, Nelson P

Hanshin Tigers

- Saiuchi, Hiroaki P

Hiroshima Carp

- Fukui, Yuya P
- Ono, Jumpei P

Yakult Swallows

- Abe, Kenta P

Removed from the Active Roster

Yomiuri Giants

- Imamura, Nobutaka P

Chunichi Dragons

- Gomez, Alexis OF

Hanshin Tigers

- Kaneda, Kazuyuki P
- Iwazaki, Suguru P

Hiroshima Carp

- Kawauchi, Takaya P
- Ikenouchi, Ryosuke P

Yakult Swallows

- Carpenter, Chris P

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Softbank Hawks

- Otonari, Kenji P

Seibu Lions

- Mori, Tomoya C

Chiba Lotte Marines

- Naruse, Yoshihisa P

Removed from the Active Roster

Softbank Hawks

- Egawa, Tomoaki OF

Seibu Lions

- Osaki, Yutaro OF

Chiba Lotte Marines

- Kanamori, Takayuki P

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* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on August 6.

[7/27/2014] Rakuten Eagles to sign twenty-eight-year-old infielder Nick Evans

by on Jul.27, 2014 @ 1:56 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles are either in the process of finalizing, or have already finalized, a deal with twenty-eight-year-old infielder Nick Evans.  Reports out of the US indicate that a deal is done and in place.  The Eagles have yet to make an official announcement.

The Eagles started looking into Evans when they found out Zach Lutz suffered a fracture in his right thumb and might require about six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2014, Sports Hochi 7/27/2014, Sponichi 7/27/2014

[UPDATE @ 2:04pm]

Rakuten official Hiroshi Abei on negotiations: "Including necessary paperwork, we're at the medical examination stage so there's little I can say. ... We hope he can stay healthy.  Discussions have gone well."

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2014

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 7 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3 (July 27, 2014)

by on Jul.27, 2014 @ 4:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 17:00
Starters: Mendoza, Luis (HAM) 4-9, 3.56 - Norimoto, Takahiro (RAK) 9-5, 3.13

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 7 16 1
Rakuten 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 8 1

Attendance: 21038 | Time: 4h5m | Nippon Ham leads series, 8-7-0

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