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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 1 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 8 (October 1, 2014)

by on Oct.01, 2014 @ 4:43 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Rakuten Eagles vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Sapporo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Norimoto, Takahiro (RAK) 14-9, 2.97 - Yoshikawa, Mitsuo (HAM) 2-4, 5.26

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

Attendance: 37447 | Time: 3h5m | Nippon Ham leads series, 12-11-0

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[9/30/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Oct.01, 2014 @ 4:42 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake (right shoulder) is hoping to be ready for the Nippon Series. Source: Sanspo 9/30/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto stole his twentieth base of the year on Tuesday and became the first Tiger to steal twenty bases in a season since Norhiro Akahoshi stole thirty-one in 2009.
  • Yuta Iwasada pitched in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Monday and record two outs before he was ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch. Source: Sanspo 9/30/2014
  • Yamato notched his fiftieth sac hit of the season on Monday. He joined Yutaka Wada (fifty-six in 1988) and Keiichi Hirano (fifty-nine in 2010) as the only players in franchise history to record fifty or more sac hits in one season. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2014
  • Akihito Fujii played in his 1,000th career game on Monday and became the 467th player in NPB history to reach the milestone. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Through Monday, Ryosuke Kikuchi had 184 hits. He was five hits away from tying the franchise record of 189 set by Shigenobu Shima in 2004. LATEST: He added two more hits on Tuesday and is currently sitting on 186. Source: Daily Sports 9/30/2014 ... Kikuchi notched 528 assists in 2013 and set a new Central League record for assists in a season by a second baseman. He tied his own record then broke it with 529 on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 9/30/2014
  • Brad Edlred pushed his RBI total to 102 on Monday with a five-RBI game and became the first player in franchise history to reach 100 RBI in a season since Kenta Kurihara recorded 103 in 2008. He also became the fourth foreign player in franchise history to reach 100 RBI in a season, first since Greg LaRocca notched 101 in 2004. Source: Daily Sports 9/30/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige is planning to check on Ni-gun players participating in the Phoenix League in Miyazaki that begins on October 6. It will most likely be some time after fall practices begin (October 9). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2014, Sponichi 9/30/2014
  • Daisuke Yamai was awarded the 33rd Dragons Crown MVP Award (backed by Chunichi Sports and Aichi Toyota). Crown Players of Excellence Awards went to Hector Luna, Koji Fukutani, and Katsuki Matayoshi. Source: Chunichi Sports 9/30/2014, Dragons Crown Award

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

[9/30/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.01, 2014 @ 4:37 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui could get one more start on October 5 against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome. However, he may have pitched himself out of the start after his last outing on Monday. Source: Sponichi 9/30/2014
  • Andruw Jones does not know where he will be playing next year, but told reporters he wanted to record his 500th career MLB + NPB home run in Japan. Jones is currently sitting on 484 (MLB 434 and NPB 50). Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2014
  • The Eagles are undecided on Jones and Brian Falkenborg. Rhiner Cruz and Loek Van Mil will probably be offered contracts for next season. Source: Sponichi 9/30/2014
  • The Eagles are interested in Yoshihisa Hirano and Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Sanspo 9/30/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari is slated to start the last game of the regular season on Thursday against Orix at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2014
  • Shota Takeda and Kazuyuki Hoashi will most likely be available to pitch out of the bullpen on Thursday. Otonari (2 GS, 2-0, 0.56 ERA), Takeda (3 GS, 2-1, 0.89 ERA), and Hoashi (2 GS, 2-0, 3.18 ERA) have all done well against the Buffaloes this year. Hoashi is 21-8 lifetime against Orix. Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2014
  • Dennis Sarfate is one save away from tying the franchise record of thirty-eight set by Takahiro Mahara in 2007. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2014
  • Taisei Makihara tied the Western League single-season hit record with 118 on Monday. He picked up two more hits on the final day of the Ni-gun regular season on Tuesday and set the new record at 120. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes may be interested in Munenori Kawasaki. Source: Daily Sports 9/30/2014 ... They will also be checking in with Ichiro Suzuki. Kawasaki will be listening to all offers. Ichiro is likely focused on returning to the Majors for another season. Source: Sponichi 9/30/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani could make his last start of the season on October 5 against Rakuten at Sapporo Dome, provided he is ready to pitch. Otani was out a couple of days because of a cold. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2014, Sponichi 9/30/2014
  • The Fighters will send Yuki Saito to the Phoenix League before deciding if he should be a part of the Climax Series rotation. Source: Sponichi 9/30/2014

NPB: Roster Changes for 9/30/2014

by on Sep.30, 2014 @ 3:53 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Yakult Swallows

- Muranaka, Kyohei P

Removed from the Active Roster

Hanshin Tigers

- Iwata, Minoru P

Yakult Swallows

- Narveson, Chris P

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Seibu Lions

- Fujiwara, Ryohei P

Nippon Ham Fighters

- Hakumura, Akihiro P
- Ishikawa, Ryo C
- Watanabe, Ryo INF

Removed from the Active Roster

Seibu Lions

- Nogami, Ryoma P

Softbank Hawks

- Ejiri, Shintaro P
- Kayama, Shinya P

Nippon Ham Fighters

- Saito, Yuki P
- Miyanishi, Naoki P
- Ichikawa, Tomoya C


* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on October 10.

Saitama Seibu Lions 3 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4 (September 30, 2014)

by on Sep.30, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Seibu Lions vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Sapporo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Fujiwara, Ryohei (SEI) 2-6, 4.79 - Mendoza, Luis (HAM) 7-13, 3.84

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

Attendance: 33143 | Time: 3h36m | Nippon Ham leads series, 14-7-2

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