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[10/5/2014] Munenori Kawasaki, Shunsuke Watanabe

by on Oct.05, 2014 @ 9:11 pm, under MLB
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Toronto Blue Jays

The latest on Munenori Kawasaki, from MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm:

... The decision to outright Kawasaki off the 40-man roster was a mere formality because of a clause in his contract that allowed him to become a free agent at the end of the season.

... "He's eligible for free agency, it's just a clause in his contract," Anthopoulos said. "Just about every Japanese player that comes over now, they're not part of the reserve. You don't get them for six or seven years and go through arbitration unless they're an amateur and so on.

"I think we'll look to bring him back. I think that goes without saying. I haven't talked to him. I don't know what his desires are. I don't think the finances have ever been an issue for him. My understanding is he can make more money in Japan, but he's wanted to play here. We'll see. I don't know what his goals are for the offseason, but at some point we'll sit down with him."

Source: MLB.com 10/4/2014

Lancaster Barnstormers

Shunsuke Watanabe and Yusuke Kajimoto helped the Barnstormers win the Atlantic League Championship.

Kajimoto
Playoffs: 7 G, 8-for-23, 5 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 5 SO, .348/.400/.565
Season: 96 G, 105-for 371, 66 R, 16 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 36 RBI, 48 BB, 65 SO, .283/.369/.364

Watanabe
Playoffs: 2 G, 2 GS, 1-1, 14.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 13 SO, 1.28 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
Season: 36 G, 16 GS, 8-2, 120.1 IP, 97 H, 49 R 45 ER, 33 BB, 91 SO, 3.36 ERA, 1.08 WHIP

Division Series - Game 1: Gailen, Schwinden Lead 'stormers To Win | Game 2: Somerset Centers On Game Two Win | Game 3: Barnstormers Lose Game 3 | Game 4: Kajimoto Sends Series To Game Five | Game 5: Barnstormers Head To Texas For Finals
Championship Series - Game 1: Barnstormers Grab Opener | Game 2: Watanabe Pitches Barnstormers To Edge Of Title Game 3: The Barnstormers Are Champions!

Watanabe (38) plans to attend the winter league in Venezuela. He will also try to get an invite to spring training next year. Source: Sponichi 10/5/2014

Victoria Series Eastern Division: Reia takes series, Game 2 rained out [October 4,5]

by on Oct.05, 2014 @ 8:07 pm, under Women's Baseball
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Two Victoria Series Eastern Division games took place on October 4 and 5.

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October 4 - Koshigaya Baseball Stadium - 18:30

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

W: Ayami Sato (10-7, 1 Sv)
L: Risa Nakashima (4-6, 1 Sv)

Hero Interview
Ayami Sato = 7.0 IP, 86 NP, 25 BF, 3 H, 3 SO, 1 HBP, 0 R.
Miki Horikoshi = 1-for-2: 3B8 one RBI, G1, BB.

Time: 1:52
Attendance: 817

Box Score, YouTube, Highlights

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October 5 - Koshigaya Baseball Stadium - 18:30

RAINED OUT

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Second-Half Standings

East

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 North Reia 14 8 6 0 .571 -
2 East Astraia 14 5 9 0 .357 3.0

West

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 West Flora 16 11 5 0 .687 -
2 South Dione 16 6 10 0 .375 5.0

[10/1/2014] Norichika Aoki

by on Oct.01, 2014 @ 6:01 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/30 OAK 8
KCR 9
RF 4 1 0 1 0 0 3 .000
Batted second. G4f-SB[1] (second base)-R[1], G6, FoL5, G4, SF9 one RBI[1]. Replaced on defense in the top of the 10th. Nikkan Sports 10/1/2014, Sponichi 10/1/2014, Sponichi 10/1/2014, Sponichi 10/1/2014

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The MLB announced three more players for the roster that will be participating in 2014 Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: Jose Altuve, Justin Morneau, and Bryce Harper.

Source: MLB.com 9/30/2014

[9/29/2014] Norichika Aoki, Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Sep.29, 2014 @ 2:46 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/28 NYY 9
BOS 5
RF 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 .284
Batted lead-off. G4, 3B9[2] two RBI[21,22]-R[42], G4. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 5th. Nikkan Sports 9/29/2014, Sponichi 9/29/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/28 KCR 6
CWS 4
RF 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 .285
Batted second. L3b, 1B8, 1B7. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 5th. Nikkan Sports 9/29/2014, Sponichi 9/29/2014
Munenori Kawasaki KCR 9/28 BAL 1
TOR 0
3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258
Batted sixth. G4, L8. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/29/2014, Sponichi 9/29/2014

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Victoria Series Western Division: Dione, Flora split series [September 26,27]

by on Sep.29, 2014 @ 12:02 am, under Women's Baseball
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Two Victoria Series Western Division games took place on Friday and Saturday.

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September 26 - Tsu Stadium - 18:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
South Dione 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
West Flora 0 0 0 3 1 0 X 4 8 1

W: Minami Yano (14 G, 12-2)
Sv: Mika Konishi (10 G, 3-1, 5 Sv)
L: Shiho Murata (11 G, 1-2, 2 Sv)

Hero Interview
Chiaki Shioya = 1-for-2: G6, 2B7 two RBI, BB.
Akane Nakamura = 1-for-2: F8, 1B9 one RBI, SF9 one RBI (100th career RBI).

Time: 1:56
Attendance: 761

Box Score, YouTube, Highlights

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September 27 - Tsu Stadium - 18:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
West Flora 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0
South Dione 0 0 4 0 0 3 X 7 10 0

W: Honami Ota (12 G, 3-4, 1 SV)
L: Minako Uemura (13 G, 7-3)

Hero Interview
Sachika Tanaka = 2-for-3: HBP, 1B8 one RBI, F8, 1B7 two RBI.
Honami Ota = 7.0 IP, 120 NP, 30 BF, 7 H, 4 SO, 2 BB, 1 R.

Time: 2:00
Attendance: 673

Box Score, Youtube, Highlights

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Second-Half Standings

East

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 North Reia 13 7 6 0 .538 -
2 East Astraia 13 5 8 0 .384 2.0

West

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 West Flora 16 11 5 0 .687 -
2 South Dione 16 6 10 0 .375 5.0

[9/28/2014] Tsuyoshi Wada, Masahiro Tanaka, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Sep.28, 2014 @ 5:51 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/27 NYY 4
BOS 10
RF 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 .284
Batted lead-off. F8, G5, 1B5, L8, 1B7. Recorded his twenty-first consecutive NPB (7) + MLB (14) season with at least 100 hits. Nikkan Sports 9/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/28/2014, Sponichi 9/28/2014, Sponichi 9/28/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/27 KCR 4
CWS 5
RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .283
Batted second. L8, G4f one RBI[43]-CS[8] (second base), G3, 1B9. Nikkan Sports 9/28/2014, Sponichi 9/28/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 9/27 CHC 1
MIL 2
88-57 23 5.0 8 2 2 1 4 1 3.25
Started the game. Left after five innings with Chicago down 2-1. Took the loss. (L, 4-4). Went 0-for-1 at the plate: Ks, SH3. Nikkan Sports 9/28/2014, Sponichi 9/28/2014
Masahiro Tanaka NYY 9/27 NYY 4
BOS 10
50-25 13 1.2 7 7 5 2 2 0 2.77
Started the game. Left in the 2nd with runners on first and third, two out, and New York down 5-0. Both runners he left on base came around to score after his departure. Nikkan Sports 9/28/2014, Sponichi 9/28/2014, Sponichi 9/28/2014, Sponichi 9/28/2014

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[9/27/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Munenori Kawasaki, Norichika Aoki

by on Sep.27, 2014 @ 6:11 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/26 KCR 3
CWS 1
RF 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 .283
Batted second. 3B9[6] one RBI[42]-R[63], L7, G6. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/26 BAL 2
TOR 4
3B 3 0 2 2 0 0 1 .261
Batted seventh. 1B4b one RBI[16], 1B4 one RBI[17], G6. Committed a throwing error[7] in the top of the 4th. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 9/26 LAA 3
SEA 4
80-56 23 6.1 4 2 2 0 4 2 3.52
Started the game. Left in the top of the 7th, with one out, none on, and Seattle up 4-2 due to a possible injury. Picked up the win. (W, 15-9). Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014, MLB.com Highlights

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[9/26/2014] Hiroki Kuroda, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Koji Uehara

by on Sep.26, 2014 @ 5:37 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/25 BAL 5
NYY 6
RF 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 .282
Batted eighth. Ks, G4, BB-R[41], G1. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/25 KCR 6
CWS 3
RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .283
Batted second. L8, F9, 1B7, Ks. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/25 SEA 7
TOR 5
2B 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 .255
Batted second. Kl, G4, BB-R[31], G6f. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 9/25 BAL 5
NYY 6
95-68 27 8.0 3 2 2 0 9 2 3.71
Started the game. Left after eight innings with New York up 5-2. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014, MLB.com Highlights
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 9/25
Gm 2
NYM 0
WSN 3
24-15 7 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.89
Entered the game in the bottom of the 6th with New York down 3-0. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014
Koji Uehara BOS 9/25 TBR 1
BOS 11
7-6 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.52
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 11-1. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014

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