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[9/8/2014] Sponichi interview with Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Sep.09, 2014 @ 12:34 am, under MLB
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Sponichi posted the following interview with Hiroyuki Nakajima on September 3. This was before he got hurt.

On your season this year.

The year went by quickly. I wanted to make it back [to AAA] right away, but it ended so fast.

What was AA like?

With regards to practices at any level, I felt I just had to think of the positives that come from being able to try different things. I didn't really pay attention to winning and losing.

Did you learn anything new?

There were a number of things, in terms of hitting, in terms of how I should use my body. I got work in at second, as well as third, short, and first. Being able to play multiple positions was a good thing. I think it allowed me to see things differently.

Was the travel difficult?

I got used to it, to the point where I started thinking six hours wasn't all that bad. I didn't like the fourteen hour [trips].

How are you feeling?

To be honest, there were times when I kind of felt like I was losing motivation. There were also times when I questioned the environment.

Do you still feel like playing in the Majors?

I came because I wanted to play baseball in America. The field and atmosphere was good in every town I went visited, so that was fine. I thought if I was only going to be play in just a few games [at the Major League level], I might be better off not playing in any... But just getting a chance would be good too, so I thought about it both ways. I also don't want people talking about my NPB plus MLB totals if I somehow just managed a fluke hit in a chance outing.

Your old team Seibu has an interest in signing you.

I still have some time [to think]. Interest is better than no interest, so that makes me happy because it means I still have value. Regardless of what happens. After all, if I wanted to go back [to Japan and] there was no interest, I'd have to go to Taiwan or Mexico to play.

Source: Sponichi 9/3/2014

[9/8/2014] Kyuji Fujikawa, Norichika Aoki, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Sep.08, 2014 @ 5:15 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/7 KCR 2
NYY 0
LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .283
Batted ninth. L7, F7, Kl. Nikkan Sports 9/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/8/2014, Sponichi 9/8/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/7 KCR 2
NYY 0
RF 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .265
Batted lead-off. BB, 1B1, G6, Ks. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/8/2014, Sponichi 9/8/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 9/7 PIT 10
CHC 4
17-11 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.48
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Chicago down 10-4. Nikkan Sports 9/8/2014, Sponichi 9/8/2014

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[9/7/2014] Kyuji Fujikawa, Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Sep.07, 2014 @ 3:46 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/6 KCR 2
NYY 6
PH-LF-RF 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 .286
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 5th. Remained in the game as the left fielder. Moved from left to right in the top of the 8th. 1B8 one RBI, 1B4. Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014, Sponichi 9/7/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/6 TOR 3
BOS 4
PH-2B 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .269
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 7th. Remained in the game as the second baseman. 1B8, BB. Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014, Sponichi 9/7/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 9/6
RES 9/5
PIT 3
CHC 3
72-42 17 3.1 3 3 2 1 2 0 2.95
Started the game. Left in the top of the 4th (left leg cramp) with a runner on second, one out, and the score tied at two. Runner on second later came around to score. (HBP 2). Went 0-for-1 at the plate: F6. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 9/6 PIT 5
CHC 0
10-7 2 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.86
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with runners on first and second, one out, and Chicago down 4-0. (WP 1). Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014, Sponichi 9/7/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 9/6
RES 9/5
PIT 5
CHC 3
1-1 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.15
Entered the game in the top of the 11th with a runner on third, two out, and Chicago down 5-3. Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014, Sponichi 9/7/2014

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[9/6/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Tsuyoshi Wada, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Sep.06, 2014 @ 3:46 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/5 KCR 1
NYY 0
RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .281
Batted ninth. G5, G5, G6. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/5 KCR 1
NYY 0
RF 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .265
Batted ninth. G6, 1B8 one RBI[34]-CS[6] (second base), G6. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 6th. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/5 TOR 8
BOS 9
2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266
Batted ninth. G4, G1. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 9/5 SEA 7
TEX 5
84-61 23 5.1 7 3 3 1 5 0 2.97
Started the game. Left in the bottom of the 6th with a runner on second, one out, and Seattle up 7-2. Runner later came around to score. Got the win. (W, 14-6). Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 9/5
SUSP
PIT 3
CHC 3
72-42 17 3.1 3 3 2 1 2 0 2.95
Started the game. Left in the top of the 4th (left leg cramp) with a runner on second, one out, and the score tied at two. Runner on second later came around to score. Went 0-for-1 at the plate: F6. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Junichi Tazawa BOS 9/5 TOR 8
BOS 9
7-6 2 0.1 1 1 1 0 1 0 3.09
Entered the game in the top of the 10th with the score tied at six. Left after giving up a one-out single to Edwin Encarnacion. Runner later came around to score. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014

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[9/5/2014] Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Sep.05, 2014 @ 3:54 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/4 BOS 4
NYY 5
RF 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 .284
Batted ninth. 1B7-R[35], Kl, L8(DP). Nikkan Sports 9/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/5/2014, Sponichi 9/5/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/4 TOR 1
TBR 0
PH-2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .268
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 8th. Remained in the game as the second baseman. Fo5, F7. Nikkan Sports 9/5/2014, Sponichi 9/5/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 9/4 BOS 4
NYY 5
11-7 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.95
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with Boston up 4-3. Nikkan Sports 9/5/2014, Sponichi 9/5/2014, Sponichi 9/5/2014
Koji Uehara BOS 9/4 BOS 4
NYY 5
16-10 3 0.1 2 2 2 0 0 2 2.64
Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with Boston up 4-3. Surrendered two home runs (Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley) and took the loss. (BS, 5)(L, 6-5). Nikkan Sports 9/5/2014, Sponichi 9/5/2014, Sponichi 9/5/2014

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[9/4/2014] Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki

by on Sep.04, 2014 @ 5:00 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/3 BOS 1
NYY 5
RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .283
Batted ninth. F7, 1B8, L7, G4. Nikkan Sports 9/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/4/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/3 TEX 1
KCR 4
RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .264
Batted lead-off. G5, G1, bG1. Replaced on defense in the top of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/4/2014, Sponichi 9/4/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 9/3 MRO 3
FRI 7
1B 2 1 1 0 0 0   .500
Batted eighth. 1B7-R[1], F3. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 5th.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 9/3 BOS 1
NYY 5
95-73 25 7.0 4 1 1 0 8 0 3.78
Started the game. Left after seven innings with New York up 3-1. Recorded the win. (W, 10-8). (HBP 1). Nikkan Sports 9/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/4/2014, Sponichi 9/4/2014, Sponichi 9/4/2014, MLB.com Highlights

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[9/4/2014] Women’s World Cup cheer events, JWBL tryouts and more

by on Sep.04, 2014 @ 9:29 am, under Women's Baseball
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Events to support the national team at the 6th IBAF Women's World Cup will be held at the Sponichi Plaza in Osaka on September 6 and 7.

September 6 - 17:00-21:00

Free admission, up to thirty seats available

    • Guest appearances by JWBL players: Minako Uemura, Saho Taguchi, Mika Miyahara, Yasuko Ozawa
    • Introducing the national team players
    • Guessing the starting line-ups
    • Public viewing
    • Charity auction

September 7 - 13:00-17:00

Free admission, some seats available

    • Introducing the national team players
    • Guessing the starting line-ups
    • Public viewing
    • Giveaway
    • JWBL Guests: Mika Konishi, Sachika Tanaka

People interested in attending will have to submit a request to the organizers in advance (deadline is September 5 at 12:00). Additional details can be found at the official announcement link below.

Source: official announcement

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Japan Women's Baseball League (JWBL) September tryouts will take place on the 24th and 25th at Kawaguchi Municipal Stadium.

The JWBL is holdings tryouts at six regions (Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kinki, Chushikoku, and Kyushu) this year. They already held tryouts in Kinki (July 16 and 17) and Chubu (August 26 and 27). The remaining tryouts will be scheduled before the end of November.

Source: official announcement

The JWBL's September 1st Eastern Division rain out at Kamagaya has been rescheduled to October 18 at Koshigaya Municipal Stadium.

Source: official annoumcement

Victoria Series Western Division: Dione sweeps series [September 2,3]

by on Sep.04, 2014 @ 8:56 am, under Women's Baseball
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Two Victoria Series Western Division games took place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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September 2 - Kasuga Stadium - 18:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
West Flora 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 6 1
South Dione 4 0 0 0 1 0 X 5 9 2

W: Ayumi Kawaguchi (14 G, 3-4)
Sv: Mika Miyahara (12 G, 1-5, 1 Sv)
L: Minako Uemura (11 G, 6-2)

Hero Interview
Aya Takizawa = 1-for-2: 1B8 two RBI, F9, BB.
Sachika Tanaka = 3-for-3: 2B9 one RBI, 2B7/8, 1B7.

Time: 1:59
Attendance: 574

Box Score, YouTube, Highlights

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September 3 - Kasuga Stadium - 18:00

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

W: Honami Ota (10 G, 2-4)
Sv: Shiho Murata (9 G, 1-1, 2 Sv)
L: Mika Konishi (9 G, 3-1, 3 Sv)

Hero Interview
Honami Ota = 5.0 IP, 96 NP, 23 BF, 7 H, 2 SO, 4 BB, 1 R.
Hikaru Kawasaki = 1-for-4: G5, G4, 2B7/8 one RBI, G5.

Time: 1:55
Attendance: 700

Box Score, Youtube, Highlights

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Second-Half Standings

East

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 North Reia 9 5 4 0 .555 -
2 East Astraia 9 3 6 0 .333 2.0

West

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 West Flora 12 9 3 0 .750 -
2 South Dione 12 4 8 0 .333 5.0

[9/3/2014] Norichika Aoki, Koji Uehara, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Sep.03, 2014 @ 6:26 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/2 BOS 9
NYY 4
PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .284
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Francisco Cervelli in the bottom of the 9th. Ks. Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/2 TEX 1
KCR 2
RF 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 .266
Batted lead-off. G4, 2B7[17] one RBI, 2B7[18]. Replaced by a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 6th. Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/2 TOR 8
TBR 2
2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .271
Batted seventh. L6, G6, F8. Replaced on defence in the bottom of the 6th. Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 9/2 BOS 9
NYY 4
18-13 5 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 1 2.36
Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with Boston up 9-3. Served up a lead-off home run to Brian McCann. Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 9/2 MIL 1
CHC 7
21-13 5 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 4.32
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Chicago up 7-1. Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014

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