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[9/18/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Sep.19, 2014 @ 2:57 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura was pulled after giving up four runs in an inning of work on Wednesday. Since he threw only thirty-two pitches, his next start is scheduled to come on three days of rest on the 21st against Yakult at Tokyo Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014, Sponichi 9/18/2014
  • The Giants have recorded nine pinch-hit home runs this season: Federich Cepeda (three), Yoshinobu Takahashi (two), Jose Lopez (one), Fuminori Yokogawa (one), and Taishi Ota (one). They are two pinch-hit home runs from tying the franchise high of eleven, set in 1984 and 2003. Ota notched the first pinch-hit home run of his career on Wednesday. He was 1-for-15 with one RBI, six strikeouts, and two walks in prior pinch-hit opportunities. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014
  • Tetsuya Matsumoto (right hand) is scheduled to suit up for Friday's Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Hiratsuka. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014
  • The Ni-gun Giants are in the middle of a thirteen-game losing streak (0-13-2). They are one loss away from tying the Eastern League record, set by Sankei in 1965. The players were supposed to get the day off on Thursday, but were instead required to run for about two hours (excluding foreign players and injured players). Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Team president Nobuo Minami, director Eiichi Takano, and general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura met on Wednesday to discuss plans for the 2015 season. The meeting lasted about two hours and likely covered things like draft prospects and free agents. A decision on Yutaka Wada will most likely come after the Climax Series. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014 ... Senior manager director Keiichi Yotsufuji also attended the meeting on Wednesday. Their top priority during the off-season might be Chihiro Kaneko (if he decides to exercise his FA option). Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014
  • Ryota Arai (lower back) workouts at Naruohama on Wednesday included running and playing catch. The Tigers are hoping he will be ready for the Climax Series. Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda's next start will most likely come on five days of rest on the 21st against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are interested in exploring the free agent market during the off-season. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014 ... Chihiro Kaneko and Hiroyuki Nakajima are potential targets of interest. Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura could get another start during the Hiroshima series that begins on the 23rd at Jingu. Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

[9/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.19, 2014 @ 2:53 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Andruw Jones became the fourth player in NPB history to record 100 or more walks in at least two consecutive seasons. The other three players: Sadaharu Oh (1963-1978), Hiromitsu Ochiai (1985-1986), and Hideki Matsui (1997-1998, 2000-2002). Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tadahito Iguchi is not ready to retire and would like to continue playing in 2015. The Marines are interested in re-signing him (they feel he is a good influence on the younger players). Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2014, Sanspo 9/18/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Fan Festival 2014 is scheduled to take place at Sapporo Dome on November 22. Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2014
  • Shohei Otani's next start will most likely come on the 21st against the Rakuten Eagles at kobo Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2014
  • Atsunori Inaba recorded a pinch-hit home run on Wednesday at forty-two years and one month. It was the sixth pinch-hit home run of his career, first since August 7, 2005. The last player in the NPB over forty-two to record a pinch-hit home run was Tomoaki Kanemoto at forty-four years and five months on September 26, 2012; the last player in the Pacific League over forty-two to record a pinch-hit home run was Yasunori Oshima at forty-three years and eight months on June 25, 1994. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014

[9/18/2014] Nichinan Gakuen High School withdraws from tournament

by on Sep.19, 2014 @ 12:45 am, under High School

Nichinan Gakuen High School withdrew from the Kyushu Miyazaki Tournament because of violent behavior.

According to school officials, on August 5, a second-year player pushed a first-year player in the baseball dorm baths. The first-year player fell and hit his head against a walk and needed four stitches to close a cut above the right eyebrow. The second-year player reportedly lost his cool when the first-year player splashed water on him. The manager and third-year players were not present at the time because they were attending the Summer Koshien. The incident was originally reported to the coach on duty as an accident that took place during a voluntary practice session.

There were three other cases of upper class students assaulting lower class students between August and September.

Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014, Asahi Shimbun 9/18/2014, Mainichi Shimbun 9/18/2014

[9/18/2014] Norichika Aoki, Munenori Kawasaki, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 4:48 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/17 NYY 3
TBR 2
RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .279
Batted eighth. G6, G4, G1, Ks. Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014, Sponichi 9/18/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/17 CWS 2
KCR 6
RF 4 1 3 0 1 0 0 .281
Batted second. 2B9[21], 1B7-R[60], 1B8, BB, G5. Replaced on defense in the top of the 9th. Set franchise record with eleven hits in a three-game series. Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014, Sponichi 9/18/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/17 TOR 1
BAL 6
3B 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .268
Batted sixth. BB, BB. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 6th. Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014, Sponichi 9/18/2014

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[9/18/2014] Samurai Japan: Suzuki Japan All-Star Series coaching staff released

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 3:22 pm, under International, Samurai Japan
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The Samurai Japan coaching staff for the 2014 Suzuki Japan All-Star Series was released today.

Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 90 小久保 裕紀 Kokubo, Hiroki 42
Head Coach 73 奈良 原浩 Narahara, Hiroshi 46
Pitching Coach 89 鹿取 義隆 Katori, Yoshitaka 57
Hitting Coach 41 稲葉 篤紀 Inaba, Atsunori 42
Battery Coach 88 矢野 燿大 Yano, Akihiro 45
INF/Base-running Coach 87 仁志 敏久 Nishi, Toshihisa 42
OF/Base-running Coach 83 村松 有人 Muramatsu, Arihito 41

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014, official announcement

[9/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles: Senichi Hoshino to step down after the season

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 3:10 pm, under NPB
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According two at least two reports, Senichi Hoshino is planning to step down as manager after the season. A press conference is scheduled for later today at 5:00pm.

Hoshino signed a three-year deal before the start of the season, but required surgery in May to treat ossification of the yellow ligament and a lumbar disc herniation. He returned to work on July 25, but with health concerns still an issue, he felt it best to step down.

Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2014, Asahi Shimbun 9/18/2014

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Chiba Lotte Marines 5 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 9 (September 18, 2014)

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 5:22 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Kimura, Yuta (LOT) 0-1, 5.81 - Yokoyama, Takaaki (RAK) 1-1, 5.06

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lotte 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 5 7 2
Rakuten 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 5 X 9 11 0

Attendance: 16083 | Time: 3h13m | Rakuten leads series, 14-10-0

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[9/17/2014] Injury Report: Dai-Kang Yoh, Kensuke Kondo (Nippon Ham)

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 5:22 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryosuke Ogata had surgery to clean out his right knee on Tuesday. Ogata twisted his knee while playing defense in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on the 12th. He will begin his rehab at the Naruohama facilities after he gets the green light. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh fouled a ball off the top of his left foot during his at bat in the 1st inning of Wednesday's game against the Seibu Lions. He was removed from the game after he finished out the at bat with a home run. He was examined at a hospital in Saitama and diagnosed with a bruise. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014
  • Kensuke Kondo took a batted ball off his right calf during pre-game fielding practice on Tuesday. He was examined at a hospital on Wednesday and taken off the active roster with a contusion on his gastrocnemius muscle. He will get two to three days of rest before beginning his rehab at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014