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[8/27/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.28, 2014 @ 2:05 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to offer Ernesto Mejia a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Sports Hochi 8/27/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka was taken off the active roster on Wednesday due to a lack of production and to make room for Tadashi Settsu. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani became the first pitcher out of high school in franchise history to win ten games within his first two years since Yu Darvish won twelve in his second year in 2006.  He also became the first player to start at least twenty games as a pitcher and make the starting line-up as a position player at least twenty times in the same season since Jiro Noguchi in 1950. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014 ... Otani, Darvish, and Toshiaki Moriyasu (eleven in 1966 and fifteen 1967) are the only pitchers out of high school in franchise history to win ten or more games in their first two years. Source: Sponichi 8/27/2014
  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Tuesday and gave up eight runs on nine hits, including a two-run home run and a three-run home run, over three innings of work.  He faced eighteen hitters, walked none, and struck out one.

[8/27/2014] Results from August 26 standard baseball tests

by on Aug.27, 2014 @ 6:03 pm, under NPB
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The NPB posted results for coefficient of restitution tests that were conducted on Mizuno's latest shipment of baseballs (2,400 boxes) from their plant in Shanghai.

Test Date: August 26, 2014

Number of Baseballs Tested: six boxes of twelve

Test Results

Sample Name Avg CoR
Group A 0.410
Group B 0.412
Group C 0.409
Group D 0.410
Group E 0.410
Group F 0.407
Total Avg 0.410

Coefficient of Restitution Limits: 0.4034 to 0.4234

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 8/26/2014

[8/27/2014] Junichi Tazawa, Munenori Kawasaki, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Aug.27, 2014 @ 6:01 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/26 NYY 2
DET 5
LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .287
Batted ninth. 1B6, G4, G4. His hit in the top of the 3rd was the 4,100th hit of his NPB (1,278) + MLB (2,822) career. The hit also moved him into sole possession of 13th, past Hank Aaron, on the all-time singles list with 2,295. Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014, Sponichi 8/27/2014, Sponichi 8/27/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/26 BOS 11
TOR 7
2B 4 1 3 1 0 0 1 .277
Batted ninth. 1B9-R[25], 1B9 one RBI[11], 2B9[6], HBP, G6. Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014, Nikkan Spots 8/27/2014, Sponichi 8/27/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/26 MRO 4
SAN 3
1B 4 0 2 0 0 2   .263
Batted eighth. 1B8, Ks, Ks, 1B7.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/26 CAP 2
CRD 1
2B 2 0 0 0 2 0   .228
Batted second. F9, G1b, BB, BB.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 8/26 BOS 11
TOR 7
12-7 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.95
Entered the game in the bottom of the 10th with the scored tied at four. Picked up the victory. (W, 3-3). Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014, Sponichi 8/27/2014, Sponichi 8/27/2014

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 3 (August 27, 2014)

by on Aug.27, 2014 @ 4:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:00
Starters: Nakamura, Masaru (HAM) 5-0, 3.38 - Settsu, Tadashi (SOF) 8-5, 3.23

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 9 0
Softbank 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 8 0

Attendance: 36807 | Time: 3h18m | Softbank leads series, 12-7-0

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Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1 – Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2 (August 27, 2014)

by on Aug.27, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yakult Swallows vs Hiroshima Carp @ Mazda Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Narveson, Chris (YAK) 4-8, 4.65 - Fukui, Yuya (HIR) 3-2, 4.50

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Yakult 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 1
Hiroshima 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1X 2 9 1

Attendance: 28106 | Time: 3h52m | Hiroshima leads series, 12-5-0

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[8/26/2014] Injury Report: Tatsuro Hamada (Chunichi), Wladimir Balentien (Yakult)

by on Aug.27, 2014 @ 3:39 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Tatsuro Hamada was taken out of Tuesday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars after throwing just eleven pitches because of discomfort in his left elbow. He was taken to a hospital during the game and will get additional tests on Wednesday. Source: Sports Hochi 8/26/2014, Sponichi 8/26/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien left Tuesday's game against Hiroshima with pain in his left Achilles tendon.  Whether he is okay to play on Wednesday will depend on how he is feeling before the game. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2014, Sanspo 8/26/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ayumu Ishikawa (right index fingernail) is slated to return to the active roster in time for a start on the 29th against Nippon Ham at Tokyo Dome. Source: Daily Sports 8/26/2014, Sponichi 8/26/2014
  • The Marines announced that Ryo Miki had meniscus resection surgery on his right knee.  He will require three or four months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 8/26/2014