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[7/15/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines finalize deal for Alfredo Despaigne

by on Jul.15, 2014 @ 1:53 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they finalized a deal for twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Alfredo Despaigne.  A uniform number has not yet been assigned.  Lotte officials Shinya Yamamuro and Nobuhira Hayashi were in Cuba for negotiations and will be returning to Japan on Wednesday.  Despaigne's arrival date has not been set.

Despaigne's statement:

I am happy for the opportunity to play in Japan.  Japanese people are polite and kind and they play great baseball.  They work hard as a team and practice a lot.  I saw how good they are during the WBC.  Frederich Cepeda and Yulieski Gourriel are my friends and we played together on the national team.  They are great people.  I am looking forward to seeing them in Japan.  I want to do my best to help the Marines win.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014, Jiji Press 7/15/2014, Daily Sports 7/15/2014, Sponichi 7/15/2014, NHK 7/15/2014

[UPDATE 7/16 @ 10:44am]

According to Sponichi, the two sides agreed to a contract worth an estimated US$700,000.  Sanspo mentions a possible two-year deal.

Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014, Sanspo 7/16/2014

[UPDATE 7/16 @ 6:58pm]

Despaigne could arrive in Japan in time for the Nippon Ham series that begins on the 29th.

Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 3 – Chiba Lotte Marines 3 (July 15, 2014)

by on Jul.15, 2014 @ 4:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Softbank Hawks vs Chiba Lotte Marines @ QVC Marine Field - 18:15
Starters: Iida, Yuya (SOF) 0-2, 8.22 - Karakawa, Yuki (LOT) 1-6, 7.24

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Softbank 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 2
Lotte 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 7 1

Attendance: 9807 | Time: 4h32m | Softbank leads series, 8-4-2

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[7/14/2014] Injury Report: Hector Luna (Chunichi), Craig Brazell (Lotte)

by on Jul.15, 2014 @ 1:09 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna will be taken off the active roster on Tuesday with tightness in his right elbow.  Motonobu Tanshige told reporters the decision was made because they do not expect him to be ready to play right away. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014
  • Yohei Oshima did not play in Monday's game against Hanshin because of pain in his side.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien's left Achilles tendon is still only at about seventy-five percent. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to add Hideto Asamura (left knee) to the active roster on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 7/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Craig Brazell took an HBP off the right side of his head during Monday's game against Softbank.  It took him a while, but he was ultimately able to walk off the field on his own power.  He was taken to a hospital in Chiba for an evaluation.  No abnormalities were found, other than a bruise.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sponichi 7/13/2014 ... Jason Standridge threw the pitch and was visibly concerned about his former teammate.
  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa left Monday's game against Softbank after seven innings because he developed a cramp in his right thumb while throwing practice pitches before the start of the 8th inning (he had a hard time straightening the thumb out). Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014
  • Katsuya Kakunaka was taken off the active roster on Monday with lower back pain.  The Marines have not yet set a timetable for his return. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata was replaced by a pinch-runner in Sunday's game against Softbank because of concerns with his left knee.  Nakata has been used as a designated hitter ever since he took an HBP off the knee during a game against Lotte on the 6th.  The knee had to be drained because the swelling was not going away.  He is a question mark for Tuesday's game against Seibu. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

[7/14/2014] Sanspo: Chiba Lotte Marines closing in on Alfredo Despaigne

by on Jul.14, 2014 @ 3:14 pm, under NPB
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According to Sanspo, the Chiba Lotte Marines are working on a deal to bring twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Alfredo Despaigne to Japan.  They are reportedly in the final stages of negotiations (Lotte official Nobuhira Hayashi is now in Cuba as well) and could be close to making an announcement within the next few days.

Source: Sanspo 7/14/2014

[7/14/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: Tsutomu Ito named Pacific League manager

by on Jul.14, 2014 @ 3:06 pm, under NPB
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The Pacific League (PL) has reportedly decided to name Lotte manager Tsutomu Ito as their replacement manager for the All-Star series.

Rakuten's Senichi Hoshino was slated to manage the PL during the All-Star series, but he took a leave of absence after he underwent procedures to treat ossification of thoracic yellow ligament and a herniated lumbar disc.  When pitching coach Yoshinori Sato was named interim manager on May 26, the PL agreed to let him take on the reins with Hoshino acting as an unofficial chief manager.  But a little over a month later, the Eagles moved Sato back to pitching coach and brought up Ni-gun manager Hiromoto Okubo to be their newest interim manager.

The PL had to go back to the drawing board and once again approached Hoshino to see if he might somehow be able to step in as manager.  He originally agreed, but later had to withdraw because he was still in no condition to manage.  Since last year's second place team also turned to an interim manager this season, the PL had no other choice but to go with the manager from last year's third place team, Tsutomu Ito.

Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014, Sanspo 7/14/2014

[UPDATE @ 5:36pm]

The Pacific League announced that Lotte's Tsutomu Ito will be their manager for the All-Star series.  Seibu's interim manager Norio Tanabe and Rakuten's interim manager Hiromoto Okubo will be coaches.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014

[UPDATE @ 5:56pm]

Hoshino recommended Ito to the Pacific League.  He also reached out to him a few days earlier.

"[Senichi] Hoshino called me two or three days ago.  He said he had to withdraw [as manager] because he was still having a hard time walking and that he wanted me to accept.  What could I do after he asked me like that?  I have to provide whatever support I can," Ito said to reporters today.

Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2014

[UPDATE @ 9:21pm]

An official announcement has been posted at the 2014 Mazda All-Star series website.

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Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 0 – Chiba Lotte Marines 1 (July 14, 2014)

by on Jul.14, 2014 @ 4:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Softbank Hawks vs Chiba Lotte Marines @ QVC Marine Field - 18:15
Starters: Standridge, Jason (SOF) 6-4, 3.02 - Ishikawa, Ayumu (LOT) 5-4, 3.10

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

Attendance: 16854 | Time: 2h53m | Softbank leads series, 8-4-1

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[7/13/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Jul.13, 2014 @ 11:39 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Hideaki Wakui will be sent down to Ni-gun to work through some issues for an indefinite amount of time.  Wakui started a game against Rakuten on Sunday and gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks over four innings of work.  "It's difficult to lose with a pitcher we hope will win.  Every time we get our hopes up thinking today will be the day.  Not anymore," said Tsutomu Ito.  He continued, "Trying someone new isn't an option because there is no one else at the point. We'll just have to mix things up with the people we have.  We can only wait until [Wakui] figures out what's wrong." Source: Sponichi 7/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/13/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi left Sunday's game against Seibu at Seibu Dome on defense in the 8th because he was suffering from a mild case of heat sickness.  He was taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa, Saitama for treatment.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 7/13/2014
  • The Ni-gun coaches played a friendly three-inning game against a community team at Tondabayashi Buffaloes Stadium on Sunday.  The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Source: Sanspo 7/13/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines 4 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 7 (July 13, 2014)

by on Jul.13, 2014 @ 4:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 13:00
Starters: Wakui, Hideaki (LOT) 3-7, 4.22 - Miyagawa, Sho (RAK) 2-0, 2.22

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

Attendance: 22832 | Time: 3h12m | Rakuten leads series, 7-5-0

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[7/12/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.12, 2014 @ 11:25 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles tied a Pacific League record on Friday by hitting doubles in four straight at bats (double, double, double, sac hit, walk, double) in the 2nd inning.  The doubles were hit by Andruw Jones, Zach Lutz, Akihisa Makida, and Ryo Hijirisawa.  The Central League record is five. Source: Sponichi 7/12/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Takahiro Fujioka's wife gave birth to a boy weighing 3,156 grams at 5:48am on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hiroshi Kisanuki is slated to make his first start of the year on the 15th against Seibu.  He joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines 7 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 5 (July 12, 2014)

by on Jul.12, 2014 @ 4:53 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 14:00
Starters: Fujioka, Takahiro (LOT) 4-5, 3.86 - Mima, Manabu (RAK) 2-8, 4.48

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lotte 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 3 0 7 16 0
Rakuten 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 - 5 10 1

Attendance: 21620 | Time: 3h22m | Rakuten leads series, 6-5-0

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