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Chunichi Dragons 2 – Yokohama Bay Stars 1 (September 17, 2014)

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 4:31 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Ono, Yudai (CHU) 8-7, 3.11 - Takasaki, Kentaro (YOK) 1-1, 4.03

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 8 0
Yokohama 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0

Attendance: 15872 | Time: 3h1m | Chunichi leads series, 12-9-1

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[9/16/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants suffered their second shutout loss in a row on Monday. The last time they recorded two or more consecutive shutout losses was in 2012 (three straight games, April 5-7). Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Katsuhiko Kumon's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 3,000 grams, on the 13th at a hospital in Hyogo. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Team president Nobuo Minami told reporters on Tuesday that they were planning to offer Yutaka Wada a contract for the 2015 season because "managers were not something that should be changed easily." He also added that the team had to perform within reasonable expectations. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014
  • Takashi Toritani's personal record for most trips to the plate without a hit was twenty-four, set between September 5, 2012 and September 11, 2012. He avoided tying his record by two with a single to center during his third trip to the plate in the 7th inning of Monday's game against the Yakult Swallows. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Araki became the seventeenth player in NPB history to reach 350 stolen bases on Tuesday. Araki and Morimichi Takagi (369) are the only players in franchise history with 350 or more stolen bases. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014 ... Araki also became just the third player in NPB history with at least 250 sac hits and 350 or more stolen bases. Source: Sanspo 9/16/2014
  • The Dragons dropped their fifth straight against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Monday. It was their first five-game losing streak against Yokohama since 1998. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani blasted his third lead-off home run of the month on Monday (September 9, 10, and 15) and became the first player in franchise history to hit three lead-off home runs in one month since Shozo Shigematsu in June 1964. Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2014, Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Tony Blanco hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run on Monday against the Chunichi Dragons. It was the eighth pinch-hit walk-off home run in franchise history, first since Masakuni Odajima on July 18, 2003. It was also the fourth pinch-hit walk-off home run by a foreign player in Central League history. The other three: Hal Breeden on September 14, 1977; Glenn Davis on May 1, 1996; and Mark Johnson on July 8, 1999. Monday's game was the seventeenth in Central League history where a team began with a lead-off home run and ended with a walk-off home run, first since Yomiuri on July 30. It was the fourth time the Bay Stars accomplished the feat in franchise history. The other three times: against Hiroshima on April 8, 1961; against Hiroshima on April 22, 2007; and against Seibu on June 21, 2008. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014 ... Blanco recorded the third walk-off home run and second pinch-hit home run of his career on Monday. Source: Sanspo 9/16/2014
  • The front office is fairly happy with the team's performance under Kiyoshi Nakahata so far this season. They have not set any hard goals for an extension for Nakahata and will wait a little longer to see how things turn out before discussing 2015. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Norihiro Nakamura wants to play for a team that needs him and is thinking about exercising his FA option. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014 ... Yokohama GM Shigeru Takada is planning to meet Nakamura to discuss plans for 2015. Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2014, Sports Hochi 9/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows could name Ichi-gun hitting coach Mitsuru Manaka their new manager as early as the 18th. Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2014
  • If Wladimir Balentien needs surgery to treat his left Achilles, he will most likely require five to six months for a full recovery. He will be going to North Carolina for his tests. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014

[9/16/2014] Rakuten, Seibu, Lotte, Softbank, Orix, Nippon Ham

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced that Zach Lutz returned to the United States for tests on his right thumb. There is no timetable for his return. Lutz suffered a fracture in his right thumb when he was hit by a pitch on July 21. He played in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 4th, but re-injured the thumb. Lutz asked the Eagles if he could return to the US for additional tests because the swelling was not going away. Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2014, Sports Hochi 9/16/2014, Sponichi 9/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi left Tuesday's game against Nippon Ham after five innings because he developed a blister on his left middle finger. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014
  • With sixteen games remaining (through Monday), the Lions will go with Tomoya Mori as their main catcher. Ginjiro Sumitani will continue to catch Takayuki Kishi. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • If Tetsuya Shiozaki is named the next Ichi-gun manager, the Loins could offer Norio Tanabe the open Ni-gun managerial job. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tomoya Satozaki's retirement ceremony will take place after an Orix game on the 28th. Source: official announcement
  • The Marines would like Alfredo Despaigne to return next season. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014 ... Despaigne's upset stomach on Sunday was apparently the result from drinking, not eating, too much the night before. Source: Sanspo 9/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Probable starters for the Orix series that begins on the 16th at Kyocera Dome: Kenji Otonari, Tadashi Settsu, and Shota Takeda. Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Kazumasa Yoshida was sent down to Ni-gun on Tuesday for a tune-up. He gave up five runs (all earned) on seven hits and five walks against Nippon Ham on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters have four players with twenty or more stolen bases this year (through Monday): Haruki Nishikawa with thirty-seven, Takuya Nakashima with twenty-five, Keiji Obiki with twenty-one, and Dai-Kang Yoh with twenty. The Fighters have carried four players with at least twenty stolen bases two other times in franchise history: 1948 (Jiro Kanayama with thirty-five, Makoto Kozuru with twenty-seven, Hiroshi Oshita with twenty-six, and Eikichi Nagamochi with twenty), and 1962 (Shoichi Busujima with twenty-seven, Katsutoyo Yoshida with twenty-six, Akio Saionji with twenty-four, and Isao Harimoto with twenty-three). The 2011 Softbank Hawks were the last team in the Pacific League with four players that had twenty or more stolen bases: Yuichi Honda with sixty, Munenori Kawasaki with thirty-one, Nobuhiro Matsuda with twenty-seven, and Shuhei Fukuda with twenty-two. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014
  • Shohei Otani's next start will most likely come on the 21st at kobo Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

NPB: Roster Changes for 9/16/2014

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 3:34 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Yakult Swallows

- Tokuyama, Takeaki P

Removed from the Active Roster

Yakult Swallows

- Yamanaka, Hirofumi P

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Rakuten Eagles

- Koseki, Shota C
- Kosai, Yusuke INF
- Moriyama, Makoto OF

Orix Buffaloes

- Nakayama, Shinya P

Nippon Ham Fighters

- Kanehira, Masashi P
- Ozaki, Masaya C
- Akada, Shogo OF

Removed from the Active Roster

Rakuten Eagles

- Furukawa, Yuri P
- Ishimine, Tadashi C
- Goto, Mitsutaka INF

Orix Buffaloes

- Yoshida, Kazumasa P

Nippon Ham Fighters

- Ishii, Yuya P
- Uwasawa, Naoyuki P
- Ugumori, Atsushi OF

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* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on September 26.

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 0 – Saitama Seibu Lions 6 (September 16, 2014)

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 4:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Seibu Lions @ Seibu Dome - 18:00
Starters: Nakamura, Masaru (HAM) 7-0, 3.14 - Kikuchi, Yusei (SEI) 4-9, 3.63

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

Attendance: 14497 | Time: 3h17m | Nippon Ham leads series, 11-7-2

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Chiba Lotte Marines 4 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 6 (September 16, 2014)

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 4:03 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Ishikawa, Ayumu (LOT) 8-7, 3.53 - Matsui, Yuki (RAK) 2-7, 4.11

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lotte 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 2
Rakuten 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 X 6 11 1

Attendance: 16111 | Time: 2h59m | Rakuten leads series, 12-10-0

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Chunichi Dragons 6 – Yokohama Bay Stars 0 (September 16, 2014)

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Muto, Yuta (CHU) 0-1, 5.06 - Yamaguchi, Shun (YOK) 7-3, 2.91

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

Attendance: 15673 | Time: 3h18m | Chunichi leads series, 11-9-1

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