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[7/6/2015] Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Jul.06, 2015 @ 6:37 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 7/5
Game 1
BUF 0
SWB 4
2B 3 0 1 0 0 1   .224
Batted ninth. Results: 1B6, F9, Kl. Committed a fielding error[3] in the bottom of the 6th. Daily Sports 7/6/2015, Sponichi 7/6/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 7/5
Game 2
BUF 6
SWB 4
SS 4 1 2 0 0 0   .234
Batted ninth. Results: 1B8-SB[6]-R[11], F8, 2B7[8], G4. Daily Sports 7/6/2015, Sponichi 7/6/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 7/5
SUSP
DNV 3
PUL 0
2B 1 0 0 0 0 1   .188
Batted sixth. Results: Ks.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 7/5 HOU 4
BOS 5
16-10 4 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.55
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with Boston up 5-4. He picked up a hold (13). Nikkan Sports 7/6/2015, Sponichi 7/6/2015.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 7/5 HOU 4
BOS 5
13-8 4 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.70
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 5-4. He recorded the save (19). Nikkan Sports 7/6/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/6/2015, Sponichi 7/6/2015. MLB.tv: Koji closes the door.

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[7/5/2015] JHBF: High School Baseball Population Figures and more

by on Jul.06, 2015 @ 6:03 pm, under High School
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The Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF) released high school baseball population figures on June 29. Member schools dropped for the tenth straight year. The population continues to fluctuate somewhere between 166,000 and 170,000. Below is a chart that covers figures from 2006 to 2015. Additional information, including breakdowns by region/prefecture, can be found at the official JHBF site. Charts for the high school rubber baseball population can also be found at the site. Links are provided below the chart.

High School Baseball Population (Hard Baseball)

Year First
Year
Second
Year
Third
Year
Total Member
Schools
Avg Ret
Rate
2006 61,952 53,793 50,569 166,314 4,242 39.2 81.3
2007 64,117 53,490 50,894 168,501 4,192 40.2 81.4
2008 62,524 55,832 50,942 169,298 4,163 40.7 82.2
2009 61,202 54,984 53,263 169,449 4,132 41.0 83.1
2010 61,935 54,183 52,370 168,488 4,115 40.9 83.8
2011 59,650 55,291 51,984 166,925 4,090 40.8 84.9
2012 61,312 53,678 53,154 168,144 4,071 41.3 85.8
2013 59,570 55,751 51,767 167,088 4,048 41.3 86.8
2014 61,265 55,246 53,801 170,312 4,030 42.3 87.7
2015 58,681 56,774 53,443 168,898 4,021 42.0 89.7

Source: official announcement, official chart (hard baseball), official chart (rubber baseball)

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The JHBF announced on July 4 that the number of high schools participating in regional tournaments for the 97th Summer Koshien dropped by eleven to 3,906. The number of participating schools peaked at 4,163 in 2002 (84th Summer Koshien) and 2003 (85th Summer Koshien) and have continually dropped. The total number of schools has not broken 4,000 since 2012 (94th Summer Koshien).

Source: Sponichi 7/4/2015

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High schools were officially allowed to provide baseball scholarships on a three-year trial, beginning in 2012. The JHBF suggests up to five per grade each year. The JHBF's research committee checked on the 1,952 scholarship students that graduated this year and found that none of the 457 schools taking advantage of the program gave out more than five scholarships. They also received positive feedback on the program and decided to renew the trial for another three years. The research committee will conduct another review in 2018.

Year Schools Students
2013 464 1,966
2014 459 1,931

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2015, Jiji Press 5/22/2015

[7/5/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.06, 2015 @ 9:31 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun game against Chunichi on July 5: Nelson Perez got the start in left and batted fifth. He went 3-for-4 with a solo home run to left off Kentaro Nishikawa in the 7th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2015 ... Suguru Iwazaki started the game but was ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch to Masato Matsui in the 5th. He gave up a run (earned) over four plus innings of work. He faced seventeen hitters, allowed two hits, walked one, hit two, and struck out one. Source: Daily Sports 7/5/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami topped 100 innings pitched after recording the first out in the 1st inning of a game against Yokohama on July 5. He became the first pitcher out of high school to record at least 100 innings pitched in his first three years since Masahiro Tanaka (seven years, 2007-2013) and the first Hanshin pitcher out of high school since Yutaka Enatsu (nine years, 1967-1975). Source: Daily Sports 7/5/2015
  • Hiroki Uemoto has hit three lead-off home runs over his career: July 14, 2014 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome; August 17, 2014 against Yokohama at Yokohama; and July 4 against Yokohama at Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 7/5/2015
  • Takashi Toritani's home run on July 3 was the organization's 7,613th. Source: Sponichi 7/4/2015
  • The Tigers were reportedly very close to signing Carlos Peguero to a deal that may have cost an estimated 200 million yen, but decided not to for two reasons: his addition would most likely mean losing Matt Murton and the organization may not have been ready to give up on him just yet; and there were concerns about Peguero's hitting, particularly his strikeout rate. The door has not completely closed on Peguero yet though -- if Murton continues to struggle, the Tigers could revisit the option. They have until the end of July to make a final decision. Source: Sanspo 7/5/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The players and coaches will wear the number eighty-six during their game on August 6 to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb. Player names will be replaced by Hiroshima. The word Peace will appear on the chest area. A press conference is scheduled for July 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2015, Daily Sports 7/5/2015, Sponichi 7/5/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Taketoshi Goto recorded pinch-hit home runs in consecutive games on July 3 and 4. He became the first player to accomplish the feat since Bum-Ho Lee on August 6 and 7, 2010. He became the sixth Yokohama player to record home runs in consecutive pinch-hit appearances, first since Hitoshi Tamura in 2013, and the third Yokohama player to record home runs in consecutive pinch-hit appearances without any non-pinch-hit at bats in between, first since Yoshiki Otsuka in 1994. Goto recorded both home runs off Hanshin's Seung-Hwan Oh. He became the sixth player in NPB history to record home runs in consecutive pinch-hit at bats off the same pitcher, first since Yoshiyuki Sano (Hiroshima) off Hiroaki Mizutani (Chunichi) on May 27 and 28, 1979. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2015, Sponichi 7/5/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Masanori Ishikawa's start on July 4 was rained out. His next start will most likely come on July 10 against Yokohama. Source: Sanspo 7/4/2015

[7/5/2015] Japan Post to release Hiroki Kuroda stamp sets

by on Jul.06, 2015 @ 1:12 am, under NPB
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The Japan Post's Chugoku branch announced on July 1 that they will be releasing two Hiroki Kuroda stamp sets later this month. Each set will be worth 2,000 yen.

Set One - Limited to 5,000, available at 596 post offices in Japan (Hiroshima Prefecture and some post offices in Yamaguchi Prefecture and Tokyo), will become available on July 7

  • one sheet of 82 yen stamps (ten each)
  • one A3-sized card, foldable
  • one A4-sized clear file

Set Two - Limited to 1,500, only available online, will become available on July 15

  • one sheet of 82 yen stamps (ten each)
  • one A3-sized card, foldable
  • large-sized postcards

Most of the images used will be from Kuroda's started against Yakult on March 29.

Source: official press release

Victoria Series: Saitama Astraia and Kyota Flora [July 2,3,4]

by on Jul.06, 2015 @ 12:03 am, under Women's Baseball
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Victoria Series between Saitama Astraia and Kyota Flora

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July 2 - Wakasa Stadium Kyoto - 18:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Saitama Astraia 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Kyota Flora 0 3 0 0 0 0 x 3 9 0

W: Minako Uemura (13 G, 7-2, 0 Sv)
Sv: Chiaki Shioya (12 G, 1-1, 4 Sv)
L: Nagisa (14 G, 3-5, 0 Sv)

Hero Interview
Mika Konishi = 1-for-3: G6, 2B7/8 three RBI, F6. Drove in all three runs with a two-out double in the 2nd.

Time: 1:29
Attendance: 511

Box Score, Highlight

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July 3 - Wakasa Stadium Kyoto - 18:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Saitama Astraia 0 1 0 5 2 2 0 10 12 3
Kyota Flora 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 8 0

W: Yukari Isozaki (7 G, 2-2, 0 Sv)
L: Mika Konishi (9 G, 2-2, 0 Sv)

Hero Interview
Chihiro Sato = 3-for-3: 1B8 one RBI, 1B5b, 1B8. Notched the 100th hit of her career with a bunt single in the 4th.
Miri Iwaya = 3-for-4: 1B7, HR7, F9, 1B8. Recorded a modasho and the first home run of her career.
Natsumi Nakano = 1-for-3: F6, BB, G5, HR9 two RBI, BB. Blasted the first home run of her career.

Time: 2:25
Attendance: 608

Box Score, Highlight

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July 4 - Wakasa Stadium Kyoto - 18:30

Canceled due to rain.

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[7/5/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Gosuke Katoh

by on Jul.05, 2015 @ 11:34 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 7/4 MIA 2
CHC 7
PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for David Phelps in the top of the 6th. Replaced by Bryan Morris in the bottom of the 6th. Results: G5. Hitless in his last thirty trips to the plate. Nikkan Sports 7/5/2015, Sponichi 7/5/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 7/4 BLU 4
PUL 7
2B 3 1 1 0 1 1   .194
Batted seventh. Results: G3, BB, Ks, 2B9[1]-R[5].

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3 (July 5, 2015)

by on Jul.05, 2015 @ 10:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 14:00
Starters: Mendoza, Luis (HAM) 4-4, 3.43 - Mima, Manabu (RAK) 2-5, 2.79

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 10 2
Rakuten 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1X 3 9 0

Attendance: 23084 | Time: 3h39m | Nippon Ham leads series, 8-7-0

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