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[4/16/2014] Junichi Tazawa, Munenori Kawasaki, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Apr.16, 2014 @ 4:45 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 4/15 KCR 4
HOU 2
RF 4 1 1 0 1 1 0 .250
Batted lead-off. G6, BB, 1B7-R[5], G1, Ks. Nikkan Sports 4/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2014, Sponichi 4/16/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 4/15 TOR 9
MIN 3
2B 5 1 2 0 0 0 3 .400
Batted second. G2b-BAT INT, Fo5, 2B7[1]-R[1], 1B8, G4. Nikkan Sports 4/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2014, Sponichi 4/16/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 4/15 FRE 4
SRC 7
3B 4 0 0 0 0 2   .156
Batted seventh. Ks, F8, HBP, F8, Ks. Daily Sports 4/16/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 4/15 RRE 0
OMA 6
2B 3 0 1 0 0 1   .375
Batted ninth. 1B9, Ks, G3. Daily Sports 4/16/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/15 BOX 1
CWS 2
19-13 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 7th with game tied at one. Nikkan Sports 4/16/2014, Sponichi 4/16/2014

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[4/15/2014] Koji Uehara, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on Apr.15, 2014 @ 6:53 pm, under MLB
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Boston Red Sox

The latest on Koji Uehara, from WEEI's Alex Speier:

The Red Sox, who faced concerns about the possibility of losing a pair of critical roster members in closer Koji Uehara (shoulder stiffness) and second baseman Dustin Pedroia (left wrist soreness), received positive news in the examinations of both players at Mass. General Hospital on Monday (an off-day for the Red Sox). Neither player was diagnosed with structural damage, and so both will avoid a stint on the disabled list. They're being described as day-to-day entering the series against the White Sox.

... Koji Uehara underwent an MRI today at MGH that revealed no structural damage in his right shoulder. He will rejoin the club in Chicago tomorrow, and his status is day-to-day.

Source: WEEI 4/14/2014

Chicago Cubs

Tsuyoshi Wada was named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Week.  From MiLB.com

Jon Singleton of the Oklahoma City RedHawks and Tsuyoshi Wada of the Iowa Cubs have been named Pacific Coast League Player and Pitcher of the Week for the extended opening week of April 3rd-13th, the league office announced today.

... Tsuyoshi Wada has been dominant on the mound in two starts this season, earning wins against the Nashville Sounds and Memphis Redbirds. In his April 12th outing at Memphis, he held the Redbirds, who were at the time the highest-scoring team in the league, scoreless for 6.2 innings while punching out ten batters. Wada's 18 strikeouts this season are tied for the second-most in the PCL. In 13.1 innings pitched this year, the left-hander has yielded seven hits, one run, and one walk for a 0.60 WHIP.

Wada's 0.68 ERA and .149 average against are each second-best in the PCL. After playing nine seasons in Japan, he was signed by the Baltimore Orioles on Dec. 14, 2011. Wada underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012, and then signed with the Chicago Cubs on Jan. 24th, 2014. The Pitcher of the Week selection is the first of his three-year minor league career.

Source: MiLB 4/14/2014

[4/14/2014] Nihon Monitor: Pro Yakyu topped TV news charts for sports in 2013

by on Apr.15, 2014 @ 12:47 am, under Other

Nihon Monitor released a report on Monday breaking down media news coverage for sporting events in 2013.  Pro Yakyu topped their chart for the first time in four years.

Top Five Sporting Events

Sport 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pro Yakyu 694:30:00 521:20:46 632:12:21 450:30:41 649:00:12
Soccer/Futsal 274:14:47 604:05:03 637:44:21 547:35:12 403:04:58
Figure Skating 67:11:38 216:07:24 88:33:52 66:55:58 121:58:41
MLB 312:52:52 100:34:40 61:37:24 180:59:04 110:33:25
Judo 16:10:39 28:58:30 23:02:35 62:07:58 85:37:52

Top Five Athletes

Name Time 2012 2013
Yu Darvish 76:38 Masahiro Tanaka 109:26
Homare Sawa 59:43 Mao Asada 63:11
Shinji Kagawa 53:17 Shinji Kagawa 57:56
Ichiro Suzuki 52:32 Shohei Otani 44:15
Keisuke Honda 42:35 Keisuke Honda 44:11

 Source: official announcement

[4/14/2014] Ichiro Suzuki, Koji Uehara, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 5:52 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 4/13 BOS 2
NYY 3
PR-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .421
Entered the game as a pinch-runner for Francisco Cervelli in the bottom of the 4th. Remained in the game and took over in right in the top of the 5th. G4. Made a nice leaping catch in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014, Sponichi 4/14/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 4/13 KCR 3
MIN 4
RF 3 0 0 1 0 0 2 .250
Batted lead-off. G1, FC5, G6, SH1-RBI[2]. Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014, Sponichi 4/14/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 4/13 PAW 7
BUF 5
SS 4 0 0 0 1 0   .240
Batted ninth. G4, E1f, G4, BB, G6. Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 4/13 SLC 0
SRC 3
3B 3 1 1 0 0 1   .179
Batted seventh. 2B8[2]-R[3], Ks, F8. Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014

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[4/13/2014] Women’s Samurai Japan plays three practice games over the weekend

by on Apr.13, 2014 @ 7:55 pm, under Samurai Japan, Women's Baseball

The Women's Samurai Japan team played three practice games against a Kanto mixed team this weekend.  The games were free to the public and took place at Gyoda Sogo Park Baseball Field in Saitama.

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Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R
Samurai Japan 3 1 0 6 0 1 1 12
All Kanto 0 1 3 0 2 0 1 7

Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R
Samurai Japan 0 0 4 0 7 2 1 14
All Kanto 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 8

Game 3

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R
Samurai Japan 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 5 11
All Kanto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2

Scores taken from Kanto Women's Baseball Federation.

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Those interested can watch the games over at Ustream.

Saturday

Sunday

  • Game 2: part 1 (field prep), 2 (game), 3 (game)
  • Game 3
  • Post Game Interviews: 1, 2

[4/13/2014] Hiroki Kuroda, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Apr.13, 2014 @ 7:36 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 4/12 BOS 4
NYY 7
RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .444
Entered the game as a defensive replacement in right in the top of the 9th.
Norichika Aoki KCR 4/12 KCR 1
MIN 7
RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .270
Batted lead-off. G1, G6, G6, Fo7. Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014, Sponichi 4/13/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 4/12 PAW 2
BUF 3
SS 2 0 0 0 0 0   .286
Batted ninth. SH1, F7, G5. Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 4/12 RRE 16
CSP 12
DH 4 3 2 1 1 0   .379
Batted ninth. G3, 1B7-R[9], BB-R[10], F9, 1B9-RBI[4]-R[11]. Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 4/12 BOS 4
NYY 7
97-59 29 6.1 6 4 4 3 5 1 3.86
Started the game. Left in the top of the 7th with runners on first and second, one out, and New York up 6-2. Recorded the victory (W, 2-1). Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014, Sponichi 4/13/2014
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 4/12 LVG 1
FRE 0
88-62 24 7.0 2 0 0 2 8 0 2.25
Started the game. Was not involved in the final decision. Went 0-for-2 at the plate: G6, L4. Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014, Sponichi 4/13/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 4/12 IOW 5
MRB 0
93-68 24 6.2 4 0 0 0 10 0 0.68
Started the game. Left in the bottom of the 7th with runners on first and third, two out, and Chicago up 2-0. Got the win (W, 2-0). Went 0-for-2 at the plate: E3, G5, SH1. Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014
Toru Murata CLE 4/12 COL 4
LOU 12
67-48 23 4.1 9 6 6 0 4 1 10.13
Entered the game in the bottom of the 1st with a runner on second, two out, and Columbus down 5-2. He allowed the inherited runner to score before getting out of the inning. (HBP 1).

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Victoria Series Eastern Division: North Reia sweeps East Astraia

by on Apr.13, 2014 @ 3:08 am, under Women's Baseball
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Two Victoria Series Eastern Division games took place on Friday and Saturday. North Reia won both games against East Astraia.

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April 11 - Jingu Stadium - 18:30

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

W: Ayami Sato (1 G, 1-0)
L: Risa Nakashima (1 G, 0-1)

Time: 1:49
Attendance: 1,068

Box Score, YouTube, Highlights

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April 12 - Jingu Stadium - 18:30

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

W: Yuki Izumi (1 G, 1-0)
L: Nagisa (1 G, 0-1)

Time: 2:15
Attendance: 893

Box Score, YouTube, Highlights

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Standings

East

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 North Reia 2 2 0 0 1.000 -
2 East Astraia 2 0 2 0 .000 2

West

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 West Flora 2 2 0 0 1.000 -
2 South Dione 2 0 2 0 .000 2

[4/12/2014] Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish, Koji Uehara

by on Apr.12, 2014 @ 6:14 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 4/11 BOS 4
NYY 2
LF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .444
Batted seventh. G5, 1B4, 1B9-R[5], F8. Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014, Sponichi 4/12/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 4/11 KCR 1
MIN 10
RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .303
Batted lead-off. Ks, G1, G5, F9. Five-game hitting streak came to an end. Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 4/11 PAW 4
BUF 7
SS 3 0 2 0 0 0   .316
Batted ninth. G5, 1B9, 1B6-CS[1]. Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 4/11 SLC 6
SRC 7
3B 4 0 0 1 0 2   .160
Batted seventh. Ks, Ks, G5f, G6 RBI[3]. Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 4/11 RRE 10
CSP 11
2B 5 1 2 0 1 0   .360
Batted lead-off. 1B8, G3, F7, BB-R[8], 2B7[3], G4. Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yu Darvish TEX 4/11 HOU 0
TEX 1
101-63 26 8.0 1 0 0 1 9 0 0.00
Started the game. Was not involved in the final decision. Developed a cut on his right thumb. Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014, Sponichi 4/12/2014
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/11 BOS 4
NYY 2
19-12 5 1.1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 7th with runners on first and third and Boston up 4-2. Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014, Sponichi 4/12/2014

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[4/11/2014] Munenori Kawasaki, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Kensuke Tanaka

by on Apr.11, 2014 @ 4:29 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 4/10 PAW 7
BUF 4
SS 3 1 2 0 0 0   .250
Batted ninth. 1B7, G3, 1B1-R. Nikkan Sports 4/11/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 4/10 SRC 5
LVG 6
3B 4 0 0 0 0 1   .190
Batted seventh. G6, G6f, FC6, Ks. Nikkan Sports 4/11/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 4/10 CSP 8
RRE 14
2B 4 3 3 2 1 0   .350
Batted ninth. 1B8, HR9[2] two RBI[3], BB-R, 2B7[2]-R, G6(DP). Nikkan Sports 4/11/2014

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[4/10/2014] Nikkan Sports: Masahiro Tanaka’s post-game press conference

by on Apr.11, 2014 @ 4:32 am, under MLB
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Nikkan Sports posted Masahiro Tanaka's press conference after his first start at Yankee Stadium on the 9th.

How was your outing?

I think I hung in pretty good, but I do regret putting runners on and giving up the home run.

What pitch did the home run come on?

Slider.

How did this start compare with the one in Toronto?

I think about the same.

You gave up runs early in this game and the last.  What do you think is the reason?

With regards to that, it's something I have to work on, but whether two games is a lot, it's still too early to say.  This is not something I want to hear about after just two games.

Did you know the seventh inning was going to be your last before it started?

In terms of my pitch count, there was some talk about the sixth inning.  But the sixth inning ended quickly with a small number of pitches, so I figured I would probably pitch the seventh.  It was good that I was able to get through the seventh.

Did you think the seventh inning was going to be your last?

Yes, based on the pitch count.

Were you able to prepare properly on four days of rest?

I don't think there were any problems.

You threw over 100 pitches many times in Japan.  Could you have thrown over 100 today?

I probably could have.  But the time in between [starts] is two days shorter than Japan.  The season is also longer.  I am only thinking about doing what I have to, within the number of pitches set by the team.

Do you feel you can succeed in the Majors after pitching in two games?

It has only been two games.  It is not about whether I can or cannot, because this is something I must do.  People around me will determine my value, I just have to my job.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2014

Nikkan Sports also posted Tanaka's interaction with the media regarding his intro music.

Tell us about the Momoiro Clover Z intro music from the 1st inning.

They made it for me.

Will that be your intro music?

I'm not sure what's going to happen.

What's the name of the song.

The name of the song?  It has not gone on sale yet.  Just wait about another month.

Is there a chance you will not be using it as your intro music after a month?

I'm not sure.  I think I will be using it.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2014