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NPB: Roster Changes for 4/24/2014

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 5:33 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

None

Removed from the Active Roster

Yokohama Bay Stars

- Ide, Shotaro OF

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Rakuten Eagles

- Mori, Yudai P

Removed from the Active Roster

Rakuten Eagles

- Matsui, Yuki P

Orix Buffaloes

- Shimada, Takuya INF

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* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on May 4.

[4/23/2014] Injury Report: Kila Ka’aihue (Hiroshima), Takeya Nakamura (Seibu)

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 12:58 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • 5th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto has tightness in his back. Source: Sanspo 4/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kila Ka'aihue was taken off the active roster on Wednesday with a spinal concussion (he took an HBP off his back on Tuesday).  The injury does not appear to be serious, but will also take more than three or four days.  Rainel Rosario was called up to take Ka'aihue spot on the roster. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014, Daily Sports 4/23/2014 ... The numbness Ka'aihue first had in his leg is now gone.  He still has pain in spine.  He also feels pain when he twists his back. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (back tightness) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yakult on Wednesday.  He got the start at first and batted clean-up.  He homered in his second straight game and went 1-for-2 with two walks.  He could be activated in time for the start of a Softbank series that begins on the 25th at YafuOku Dome. Source: Sports Hochi 4/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh may have hurt his right shoulder while trying to evade a tag at first base after hitting a grounder in the 5th inning of Tuesday's game against Softbank.  He was removed from the game on defense in the 6th. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014 ... Yoh was not in the starting line-up on Wednesday because of pain in the shoulder.  He did make an appearance as a pinch-hitter. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

[4/23/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 12:55 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano tossed the second complete game victory of his career on Tuesday against Yokohama.  His first complete game victory came on June 15, 2013 against Softbank.  Sugano set a career high by throwing 142 pitches.  The last Yomiuri pitcher to throw 140 or more pitches in a game was Tetsuya Utsumi with 147 on October 12, 2011 against Hanshin. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014 ... Sugano could become the first pitcher in franchise history to record victories against all five Central League teams before the end of April.  He has victories against Hanshin, Chunichi, Hiroshima and Yokohama.  His next start could come against Yakult on the 29th. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014 ... Sugano is the first Yomiuri pitcher to get the opening day start and win his first four starts since Utsumi in 2010 (first right-handed Yomiuri pitcher since Koji Uehara in 2001).  He is 3-0 in three starts at rural stadiums: May 11, 2013 vs Yokohama at Niigata (5-4); July 9, 2013 vs Yakult at Yamagata (6-3); April 22, 2014 vs Yokohama at Miyazaki (4-1). Source: Sanspo 4/23/2014
  • Leslie Anderson blasted his first NPB grand slam on Tuesday.  He joined Roy White (April 26, 1980), Shane Mack (April 11, 1995), and Mariano Duncan (April 8, 1998) as the only foreign players in franchise history to hit a grand slam before the end of April during their first year in the NPB.  Teammate Jose Lopez hit a grand slam on March 30.  They are the fourth pair of foreign players in franchise history to hit grand slams in the same season.  The other three: Balvino Galvez and Domingo Martinez in 1999; Alex Ramirez and Edgar Gonzalez in 2010; and John Bowker and Lopez in 2013.  Anderson and Lopez are the first to accomplish the feat before the end of April. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014
  • Fifteen-year-old golfer Minami Katsu, her father, and her grandfather were at Wednesday's game in Kagoshima.  They had a chance to meet Tatsunori Hara before the start of the game. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami met Chunichi's Ryosuke Hirata during pre-game practice on Wednesday.  Fujinami hit Hirata with a pitch on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014
  • The NPB record for reaching base in consecutive games from the start of the season is forty, set by Steve Ontiveros (Seibu) in 1983.  The Central League record of thirty-five games was set by Tomoaki Kanemoto (Hiroshima) in 1997. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenjiro Nomura was ejected from Tuesday's game against Yakult for a delay of game when arguing an out call at second base in the 6th inning (auto ejection if arguments run over five minutes).  The commissioner's office issued a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014, Daily Sports 4/23/2014 ... Nomura's past ejections -- As a player: September 4, 1996 as a player against Hanshin. As a manager: August 31, 2010 against Chunichi; June 26, 2011 against Chunichi; August 31, 2012 against Hanshin; and April 22, 2014 against Yakult. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ikusei Leandro Mella got the chance to work out with the Ichi-gun team at Nagoya Dome on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Chris Narveson's next start could come on the 27th against Chunichi at Jingu on four days of rest. Source: Sponichi 4/32/2014

[4/23/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 12:52 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui had another rough outing on Wednesday and will be sent down to Ni-gun on Thursday for additional instruction and work.  Control has been an issue for Matsui.  He walked twenty-three in 19.1 innings this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014
  • Andruw Jones notched the first walk-off home run of his NPB career in the 12th inning of Tuesday's game against Seibu.  The last Eagle to hit a walk-off home run was Kazuo Matsui on September 24, 2012 against Softbank in the 10th.  Jones was the first player in franchise history to hit a walk-off in the 12th. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014 ... Jones joined Jose Fernandez (2006, 2008) and Randy Ruiz (2011) as the only foreign players in franchise history to hit walk-off home runs. Source: Sanspo 4/23/2014 ... Jones celebrated his thirty-seventh birthday on Wednesday.

Seibu Lions

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks turned a triple play (8-2-4) against Nippon Ham on Tuesday, their first since May 5, 1999 vs Orix.  It was the first triple play that went outfielder-catcher-infielder since Yomiuri turned one against Chunichi on August 9, 1997 -- center fielder Hideki Matsui to catcher Shinichi Murata to third baseman Pedro Castellano. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014 ... It was the first time an OF-C-INF triple play was executed in the Pacific League. Source: Sports Hochi 4/23/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Rugby players Takuro Miuchi and Radike Samo are scheduled to participate in the ceremonial first pitch before a game against Rakuten at Kyocera Dome on the 25th. Source: official announcement
  • Yuki Nishi is the first pitcher in franchise history to start two seasons with four victories in four games (2011, 2014) since Hisashi Yamada (1976, 1978). Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hisashi Takeda (influenza) visited Tokyo Dome to provide coaches with an update with his progress.  He is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun three-game series against Yomiuri at Giants stadium that begins on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

NPB: Roster Changes for 4/23/2014

by on Apr.23, 2014 @ 4:55 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Hiroshima Carp

- Rosario, Rainel OF

Yakult Swallows

- Hidaka, Ryo P

Removed from the Active Roster

Hiroshima Carp

- Ka'aihue, Kila INF

Yakult Swallows

- Ishiyama, Taichi P

Pacific League Updates

None

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

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 6 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 10 (April 23, 2014)

by on Apr.23, 2014 @ 4:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Softbank Hawks vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Tokyo Dome - 18:30
Starters: Terahara, Hayato (SOF) 1-2, 2.70 - Urano, Hiroshi (HAM) 0-0, 3.60

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Softbank 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 6 14 0
Nippon Ham 1 0 1 3 4 0 0 1 X 10 11 0

Attendance: 23212 | Time: 3h30m | Nippon Ham leads series, 3-2-0

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