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[10/31/2014] Koji Uehara, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 11:17 pm, under MLB
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The MLB released a list of free agents on Thursday. Hiroyuki Nakajima (Athletics), Kyuji Fujikawa (Cubs), Hisashi Iwakuma (Mariners), Daisuke Matsuzaka (Mets), Norichika Aoki (Royals), Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees), and Ichiro Suzuki (Yankees) were included on the list. Fujikawa and Iwakuma have options.

Source: MLB.com 10/30/2014

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The Boston Red Sox signed Koji Uehara (39) to a two-year deal worth eighteen million US dollars. From ESPN's Gordon Edes:

... The Red Sox signed Uehara before he became eligible to negotiate with other clubs Tuesday. His deal nearly doubles the two-year, $9.25 million contract he signed with the Red Sox before the 2013 season, before he had been identified as the club's closer. It is $2 million less than last's winter's two-year, $20 million deal the Detroit Tigers gave to free agent Joe Nathan, who is perhaps the closest comparison to Uehara, given that he was 38, a year younger than the Japanese right-hander.

... "You're really looking at a guy who has been one of the elite relievers in baseball for several years," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "And again, based on our evaluation at the end of the year and what he did, we did not see any reason why that can't continue.''

... "From a health standpoint, he had a little lower back issue at the end of the year, but that was resolved and wasn't really a concern going forward," Cherington said, making the first mention by any Red Sox official that the pitcher's back had been bothering him.

Source: ESPN 10/30/2014

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Hisashi Iwakuma (33) will be back in Seattle next year. From The Seattle Times' Ryan Divish:

... The Mariners announced that [Iwakuma's] $7 million option for 2015 has been exercised. However, they didn't decide on the option. Per a source, Iwakuma did enough in 2014 — 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts — and last season to have the option vest automatically. So there was no decision to be made.

Source: The Seattle Times 10/30/2014

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The Chicago Cubs declined Kyuji Fujikawa's (34) option. From The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales:

The Chicago Cubs' 40-man roster shrunk to 35 Thursday as reliever Carlos Villanueva filed for free agency, and the team declined the 2015 option on reliever Kyuji Fujikawa.

... Fujikawa will receive a $500,000 buyout and becomes a free agent.

Source: ESPN 10/30/2014

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Daisuke Matsuzaka is planning to return to his home in Boston to begin workouts for next season in November. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014

[10/22/2014] Norichika Aoki

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 5:17 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 10/21 SFG 7
KCR 1
RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000
Batted second. L1, Ks, G6, G4(DP). Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014, Sponichi 10/22/2014, Sponichi 10/22/2014

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Former Rakuten Eagle Casey McGehee was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year by Sporting News Baseball. From MLB.com's Adam McCalvy:

... McGehee's comeback was more literal than most, as he played in Japan in 2013 before returning to Major League Baseball on a one-year deal with the Marlins, for whom he proved a capable run-producer and lineup-stabilizer. Making the most of a career-high 160 games played, McGehee batted .287 with four home runs, 76 RBIs, 29 doubles and 177 hits -- the National League's fourth-highest hit total.

... "When I went over [to Japan] I wasn't necessarily thinking about coming back," he said in September. "I had it in my mind that this is where it was going to be. I had to come to terms with that. When I found out I had a chance to come back, it meant a lot to me. There have been a lot of guys that have went over there and had success that haven't been able to come back, for whatever reason. I knew the chances of that happening weren't very good to begin with. I guess I'm proud of being able to say I went there and was able to come back."

Source: MLB.com 10/21/2014

[10/20/2014] Reia takes final game of season, Astraia wins Division Championship Game

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 7:02 pm, under Women's Baseball
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Two Victoria Series Eastern Division games took place on October 18 and 19.

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October 18 - Koshigaya Baseball Stadium - 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
North Reia 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 8 1
East Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1

W: Ayami Sato (26 G, 11-9, 1 Sv)
L: Risa Nakashima (22 G, 5-7, 1 Sv)

Hero Interview
Ayami Sato = 7.0 IP, 87 NP, 25 BF, 4 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 R.
Mari Yamazaki = 2-for-4: 1B9 one RBI-SB (second base), F6, G3, 2B8/9 one RBI.

Time: 2:03
Attendance: 403

Box Score, YouTube, Highlights

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Eastern Division Championship Game

October 19 - Koshigaya Baseball Stadium - 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
North Reia 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
East Astraia 1 1 0 0 3 0 X 5 11 1

Astraia advances to the Queen Finals for the Victoria Series.

W: Risa Nakashima (23 G, 6-7, 1 Sv)
L: Ayami Sato (27 G, 11-10, 1 Sv)

Hero Interview
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Time: 1:48
Attendance: 376

Box Score, YouTube, Highlights

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Second-Half Standings

East

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 North Reia 18 9 9 0 .500 -
2 East Astraia 18 8 10 0 .444 -

West

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 West Flora 18 12 6 0 .666 -
2 South Dione 18 7 11 0 .388 5.0

First-Half Standings

East

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 East Astraia 14 8 6 0 .571 -
2 North Reia 14 5 8 1 .384 2.5

West

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 West Flora 14 11 3 0 .785 -
2 South Dione 14 3 10 1 .230 7.5

Victoria Series Eastern Division: Astraia takes all three games [October 14,15]

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 11:15 pm, under Women's Baseball
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Three Victoria Series Eastern Division games took place on October 14 and 15.

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October 14 - Omiya Baseball Stadium - 16:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
North Reia 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 1
East Astraia 0 2 0 1 0 0 X 3 12 1

W: Nagisa (21 G, 8-6)
SV: Miku Kayano (13 G, 1-2, 2 Sv)
L: Ayami Sato (23 G, 10-8, 1 Sv)

Hero Interview
Chika Nakahira = 2-for-2: 1B8 two RBI-SB (second base), 1B7 one RBI, BB.

Time: 2:00
Attendance: 247

Box Score, YouTube, Highlights

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October 14 - Omiya Baseball Stadium - 18:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
North Reia 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
East Astraia 0 0 2 0 0 0 X 2 5 0

W: Risa Nakashima (21 G, 5-6, 1 Sv)
Sv: Miku Kayano (14 G, 1-2, 3 Sv)
L: Yuki Izumi (16 G, 3-7)

Hero Interview
Yuki Kawabata = 2-for-2: BB, 2B9 one RBI, 1B7.
Risa Nakashima = 6.0 IP, 67 NP, 26 BF, 6 H, 4 SO, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 R.

Time: 1:41
Attendance: 465

Box Score, YouTube, Highlights

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October 15 - Omiya Baseball Stadium - 18:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
East Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1   2 9 1
North Reia 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   1 6 0

W: Miku Kayano (15 G, 2-2, 3 Sv)
L: Ayami Sato (25 G, 10-9, 1 Sv)

Hero Interview
Shiho Imai = 3-for-4: 1B7, Kl, 2B7/8, 2B9 one RBI.

Time: 2:03
Attendance: 331

Box Score, YouTube, Highlights

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Second-Half Standings

East

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 North Reia 17 8 9 0 .470 -
2 East Astraia 17 8 9 0 .470 -

West

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 West Flora 18 12 6 0 .666 -
2 South Dione 18 7 11 0 .388 5.0