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[7/29/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.30, 2014 @ 12:47 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez was left out of the starting line-up on Tuesday for the first time this season for a number of reasons, including fatigue from the summer heat. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014 ... Gomez had a fever. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014, Sports Hochi 7/29/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Tuesday.  He could make his Ichi-gun debut with a start on Sunday (August 3) against Yokohama at Koshien. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014
  • Ryutaro Umeno dropped about ten kilograms since January. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014
  • General manager Katsuhiro Nakamura left for the United States about a week ago to check on talent for the 2015 season.  He is expected to return to Japan later this week. Source: Sports Hochi 7/29/2014
  • Koshien Stadium will be celebrating its ninetieth anniversary on August 1.  Shintaro Fujinami is slated to start the anniversary game. Source: Sanspo 7/29/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Possible starters for the Yakult series that began on Tuesday: Yusuke Nomura, Bryan Bullington, and Takaya Toda. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014
  • The Carp could switch from two pitchers and two position players to three pitchers and one position player to fill their four foreign player roster spots.  The four could be pitchers Bullington, Kam Mickolio, and Deunte Heath, and position player Brad Eldred.  Heath could make his Ichi-gun debut some time in mid-August. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada missed the Hiroshima game on Tuesday because he was not feeling well.  He did not go to the stadium and instead rested at the team hotel.  He is a question mark for Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014, Sponichi 7/29/2014
  • Junki Ito is scheduled to make his first start of the season on Thursday against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yujo Kitagata changed his motion from over-the-top to side-arm in June.  He has since decided to go back to over-the-top. Source: Sponichi 7/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are not planning to make any managerial changes during the season. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014

[7/29/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.30, 2014 @ 12:45 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Taishi Nakagawa's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,630 grams, in Chiba on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions announced on Tuesday that senryokugai'ed Cody Ransom returned to the United States. Source: Sponichi 7/29/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshifumi Okada has stood at the plate 1,769 times during his career so far and has yet to hit a home run.  One more plate appearance puts him in a first place NPB tie with Shichiro Yokozawa. Source: Sponichi 7/29/2014
  • The Marines usually sell about 3,000 advance tickets to weekday night games.  They sold over 10,000 advance tickets for Tuesday night's game against Nippon Ham.  It was half-off beer night on Tuesday, but it was also Alfredo Despaigne's debut game.  The Marines added a Despaigne cocktail to the alcoholic beverage menu at Bar M to celebrate his arrival. Source: Sponichi 7/29/2014
  • When the Marines were in Cuba checking on talent, they got to see five players at a tryout: four outfielders and one infielder. Source: ZakZak 7/29/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama believes Yuki Saito and Mitsuo Yoshikawa will be important important pieces during the second-half.  Saito is slated to start Thursday's game against Lotte at QVC Marine.  Yoshikawa is scheduled to start a game on August 1 against Softbank at Sapporo Dome. Source: Sanspo 7/29/2014, Sponichi 7/29/2014
  • Shohei Otani could get Sunday starts during the month of August since the Fighters do not have any games scheduled on Monday.  Otani would get the start on Sunday, the day-off on Monday, play in three full games as a position player (Tuesday-Thursday), then spend the next two days (Friday and Saturday) preparing for his start. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014

NPB: Roster Changes for 7/29/2014

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 4:07 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Hanshin Tigers

- Tateyama, Yoshinori P
- Shimizu, Takashi C

Yokohama Bay Stars

- Ide, Shotaro OF

Yakult Swallows

- Matsuoka, Kenichi P
- Hatakeyama, Kazuhiro INF

Removed from the Active Roster

Hanshin Tigers

- Fujii, Akihito C

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Chiba Lotte Marines

- Despaigne, Alfredo OF
- Kakunaka, Katsuya OF

Softbank Hawks

- Inomoto, Kentaro C

Nippon Ham Fighters

- Ugumori, Atsushi OF

Removed from the Active Roster

None

Commissioner Updates

Free Agent

Orix Buffaloes

- Betancourt, Yuniesky INF

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* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on August 8.

[7/29/2014] Orix agrees to send Mitsumata to Chunichi for Iwasaki

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 12:34 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes and Chunichi Dragons have reportedly agreed on a trade that will send Taiki Mitsumata (22) to Chunichi for Kyohei Iwasaki (28).  Both sides are expected to make official announcements later today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014

[UPDATE @ 3:49pm]

The Dragons have posted an announcement of the trade.

[UPDATE @ 5:02pm]

The Buffaloes have also posted an announcement of the trade.

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 6 – Chiba Lotte Marines 4 (July 29, 2014)

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 4:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Chiba Lotte Marines @ QVC Marine Field - 18:15
Starters: Nakamura, Masaru (HAM) 4-0, 3.23 - Ishikawa, Ayumu (LOT) 6-5, 3.06

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 6 12 0
Lotte 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 11 0

Attendance: 23932 | Time: 4h29m | Lotte leads series, 7-5-0

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Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 10 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4 (July 29, 2014)

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 4:03 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Softbank Hawks vs Rakuten Eagles @ Koriyama Kaiseizan Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Standridge, Jason (SOF) 7-4, 2.83 - Aoyama, Koji (RAK) 1-2, 3.19

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Softbank 0 3 1 0 0 3 1 1 1 10 19 2
Rakuten 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 1

Attendance: 12818 | Time: 3h29m | Softbank leads series, 8-4-0

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Chunichi Dragons 3 – Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1 (July 29, 2014)

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Hiroshima Carp @ Mazda Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Asakura, Kenta (CHU) 4-4, 5.13 - Nomura, Yusuke (HIR) 4-4, 4.47

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Chunichi 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 6 0
Hiroshima 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0

Attendance: 26626 | Time: 3h31m | Hiroshima leads series, 7-5-0

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