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[10/18/2014] Hanshin Tigers advance to Nippon Series for first time since 2005

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers completed an impressive four-game sweep of the Yomiuri Giants tonight with a 8-4 victory.

Seung-Hwan Oh was awarded the Climax Series MVP. He pitched in all six of Hanshin's Climax Series games.

Date Opponent   IP NP BF AB H HR SO BB HBP R ER
10/11 Hiroshima S 1.0 12 3 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
10/12 Hiroshima H 3.0 36 10 10 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
10/15 Yomiuri S 1.0 19 4 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
10/16 Yomiuri S 1.0 15 4 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
10/17 Yomiuri S 1.1 20 4 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
10/18 Yomiuri   1.0 24 6 6 3 2 1 0 0 2 2

In Osaka, a number of fans were seen jumping into the Dotonbori River to celebrate the team's victory. [UPDATE 10/19 @ 12:41am] According to Nikkan Sports, roughly 3,000 fans gathered near Ebisu bridge and about fifty jumped into the river.

Stores in the Hanshin group are not planning to hold celebration sales until after the Nippon Series. The Tigers have also decided not to hold any major celebrations until after the Nippon Series as well.

Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Sponichi 10/18/2014, Daily Sports 10/18/2014

Phoenix League: Scores from October 18, 2014

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 11:14 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Nippon Ham Fighters at Ivy Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Chunichi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nippon Ham 0 0 3 0 0 0 6 0 x 9

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

Chunichi: Shota Suzuki started the game and gave up three runs on second hits over five innings of work. He topped out at 137km/h. Sponichi 10/19/2014

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Doosan Bears vs Yokohama Bay Stars at Ikimenomori Stadium 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Doosan 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 4
Yokohama 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3x 6

Home Runs
Yokohama: Sekine, Taiki

Official Box Score

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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants at Kirishima Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Hanshin 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

Home Runs
Yomiuri: Nakai, Daisuke

Official Box Score

Hanshin: Ryota Imanari got the start at third and batted third. Went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Sanspo 10/19/2014

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Shikoku Island League vs Rakuten Eagles at Hisamine Baseball Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Island League 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 4
Rakuten 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Home Runs
Island League: Nakagawa, Tatsuya

Official Box Score

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Orix Buffaloes vs LG Twins at Sokken Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Orix 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
LG 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 x 4

Home Runs
Orix: Goto, Shunta

Official Box Score

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Softbank Hawks vs Yakult Swallows at Saitobaru Athletic Park Baseball Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Softbank 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Yakult 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 2

Home Runs
Softbank: Shirane, Naoki
Yakult: Nakamura, Yuhei

Official Box Score

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Hanwha Eagles vs Seibu Lions at Nango Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Hanwha 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3
Seibu 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 x 9

Home Runs
Hanwha: 宋周浩

Official Box Score

Seibu: Fumiya Nishiguchi made an appearance in relief and gave up a run on two hits over two innings of work. Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

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Hiroshima Carp vs Chiba Lotte Marines at Tenpuku Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Hiroshima 2 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 7
Lotte 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4

Home Runs
Lotte: Hosoya, Kei (2), Hijii, Ryuzo

Official Box Score

Hiroshima: Shota Dobayashi got the start at third and batted sixth. He was removed from the game after he took an HBP off his right hand in the 1st inning. Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014 ... Allen Kuri started the game and gave up four runs on eight hits, including three home runs, over seven innings of work. Daily Sports 10/18/2014 ... Shota Nakazaki tossed two shutout innings in relief. He did not allow any hits, walked on, and struck out four. Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014, Daily Sports 10/19/2014

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CS: Hanshin Tigers 8 – Yomiuri Giants 4 (October 18, 2014)

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Nomi, Atsushi (HAN) 9-13, 3.99 - Koyama, Yuki (YOM) 6-2, 2.41

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 8 11 0
Yomiuri 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 13 0

Attendance: 46311 | Time: 3h42m | Hanshin leads series, 4-0-0

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CS: Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5 (October 18, 2014)

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 13:00
Starters: Kisanuki, Hiroshi (HAM) 1-3, 3.12 - Nakata, Kenichi (SOF) 11-7, 4.34

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Softbank 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 X 5 13 0

Attendance: 31647 | Time: 4h20m | Series tied, 2-2-0

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[10/17/2014] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono's right knee is still not 100 percent. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) played catch at a distance of about thirty meters on Friday. He told reporters it was the best he felt since he started throwing. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) did some long distance throwing at sixty to seventy meters on Friday, a day after he played catch at roughly fifty meters. He also took live batting practice: fifty one-hop baseballs and fifty slow and easy pitches. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Hirokazu Sawamura was ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch during Thursday's Final Stage game against Hanshin. He became the third person to get ejected from a Playoff/Climax Series game. The other two: Bunjiro Sakamoto, coach, 1979 Playoffs, Game 3, getting rough with an umpire; and Micheal Nakamura, 2009 Climax Series Second Stage, Game 1, dangerous pitch. The ejection for throwing a dangerous pitch was a first for Sawamura during his Ichi-gun career. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

[10/17/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte), Chichiro Kaneko (Orix), Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi)

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:39 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers may have shifted their attention to Chihiro Kaneko and Naoki Miyanishi, now that there is a chance Daisuke Yamai might not become available. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai might end up remaining with the Dragons. He feels strongly about staying and was offered a contract that was close to what he was hoping for. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshihisa Naruse met with management for about an hour on the 15th. It was their first meeting. He may have been offered a one-year deal with a drop in salary. Said Naruse, "Honestly, there was a bit of a gap in between our interests. It seems they didn't really take my eleven years with the team into serious consideration... I was surprised and it made me sad." The two side are scheduled to meet again sometime on or after the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014, Sports Hochi 10/17/2014, Sponichi 10/17/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to begin contract negotiations for potential free agents Chihiro Kaneko, Yoshihisa Hirano, Takahiro Mahara, and Tomotaka Sakaguchi within the next few days. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

[10/17/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:36 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • New manager Koichi Ogata expressed interest in checking on available talent at the twelve team tryouts on November 9 and 20. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014
  • Ogata is planning to give Seiya Suzuki looks at short and third, beginning at fall camp. Ogata feels the outfield is a wasted position for Suzuki. He likes his arm strength and believes he has the ability to make accurate throws on deep plays at third and short. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto's right eye retinal detachment was not serious. He is currently recovering at a hospital in Nagoya. He will be released within the next few days and will require rest through to the end of the month to avoid recurrence. The detachment was discovered during an eye exam. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are planning to decrease the number of foreign players under contract from six to five next season (four at Ichi-gun and one at Ni-gun). Wladimir Balentien and Lastings Milledge are in the middle of multi-year deals and will return next year. There is a good chance Orlando Roman will also be back in 2015. Tony Barnette, Chris Narveson, and Chris Carpenter are question marks. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Scout Takayuki Saito will be reassigned to Ni-gun hitting coach. The Swallows are expected to offer Toshihide Narimoto a job as Ni-gun pitching coach and Shintaro Muzitani a job as Ni-gun infield/base coach. Ichi-gun battery coach Kosei Ono will most likely join the front office. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2014

[10/17/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:27 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to schedule intra-squad games during fall camp in November. He also does not plan to give players any days off, though will include light workout days. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014, Daily Sports 10/17/2014 ... Okubo could schedule five or more intra-squad games during fall camp. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Yasunori Kikuchi wants to increase the number of useable pitches in his repertoire. He throws a fastball, slider, and fork. He would like to polish his curve and change to a point where he can throw them in games. His goal is to win a spot in the opening day starting rotation and keep it over the course of a whole season. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2014
  • Fan appreciation day will take place on November 23 at kobo Stadium. Additional details will be released at the official team web site as they become available. Source: official announcement ... The Eagles will also hold mini-meetups at six Tohoku locations (Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi, and Fukushima) on November 24. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Joey Butler left Japan out of Narita Airport. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014
  • Esteban German will take a short break in New York before participating in the winter league in the Dominican Republic. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Ni-gun hitting coach Hirotoshi Kitagawa will be reassigned to Project Manager in the Planning Division, effective November 1. His new job will require more direct interaction with fans for promotional purposes. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

[10/17/2014] Softbank Hawks have reportedly offered Kimiyasu Kudo managerial job

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:24 am, under NPB
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A number of reports are indicating that the Softbank Hawks offered Kimiyasu Kudo the managerial job. While nothing is official yet, an announcement could be made some time after the Climax Series.

"We are indeed working on things for next season. But we will not be making any official announcements about that until after the Climax Series or after all the games are played. We don't want to interrupt the team's regular operations so we won't be doing anything that might cause the players distress," said Sadaharu Oh to reporters on Friday.

Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014, Sponichi 10/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014, Chunichi Shimbun 10/17/2014, Daily Sports 10/17/2014, Daily Sports 10/17/2014, Sports Hochi 10/17/2014

[10/17/2014] Matsuyama Shogyo pulls out from first-year tournament

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:02 am, under High School

Matsuyama Shogyo High School announced on Thursday that second-year students on the school baseball team assaulted first-year teammates. The school has already suspended team activities and has filed a report with the Ehime High School Baseball Federation. They have also withdrawn from the first-year tournament that begins on Saturday.

According to school officials, in August/September, three second-year students on the high school baseball team assaulted five first-year teammates on a number of different occasions. The incidents were reportedly the cause of roughhousing or coaching going too far. The team director did not receive a complaint until earlier this month.

Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014, Sponichi 10/17/2014