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[9/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.21, 2014 @ 6:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants became the first team to clinch a play-off spot in the Central League on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 9/20/2014
  • Shinnosuke Abe has hit ten or more home runs off three pitchers: eleven off Daisuke Miura, ten off Shohei Tateyama, and ten off Masanori Ishikawa. He has also hit at least ten home runs at Tokyo Dome in twelve seasons, eight consecutive since 2007. Abe was tied with Hideki Matsui (seven years between 1996-2002) for the franchise high for consecutive seasons with at least ten home runs at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sponichi 9/20/2014
  • Tetsuya Utsumi picked up his fifty-eighth Tokyo Dome victory and moved out a third place tie with Koji Uehara on the all-time list for wins at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014
  • The Giants have prepared the hats, t-shirts, and sweatbands players will wear during post-game celebrations if/when the team clinches first place. They were sent to Nagoya in case they clinched during their series against Chunichi (September 23-25). If they fail to clinch in Nagoya, the items will be forwarded to Yokohama (September 26-28) . Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger reached 1,000 career MLB (184.2) + NPB (815.1) innings pitched when he struck out Shuhei Takahashi with one out and runners on first and second in the 3rd inning of Saturday's game against the Chunichi Dragons. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014
  • Mauro Gomez became the first foreign player in franchise history to record over 100 RBI in their first year in the NPB during Saturday's game against Chunichi. Gomez started the day with ninety-nine RBI and picked up his 100th with a two-out RBI single to center in the 1st; his 101st with an RBI single to center in the 3rd; and his 102nd with a solo home run in the 5th. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014, Sponichi 9/20/2014 ... Gomez is the first foreign player in franchise history to record 100 or more RBI since Craig Brazell notched 117 in 2010. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada started a Ni-gun intra-squad game on Friday and tossed two shutout innings. He gave up one hit and allowed a stolen base. He is scheduled to pitch in a two-game Ni-gun series against Chunichi that begins on the 22nd. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014
  • Kosuke Fukudome recorded a modasho during Friday's game against the Chunichi Dragons. It was his first modasho in a Hanshin uniform; his first modasho in the NPB since June 10, 2007; and the ninety-seventh modasho of his NPB career. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014 ... Fukudome recorded twenty-nine modashos in the MLB: twenty-four with the Chicago Cubs and five with the Cleveland Indians. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami 10-2 at Koshien and 10-12 at other stadiums over his career. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014
  • If the Tigers finish in second and play two First Stage Climax Series games at Koshien Stadium, they could pull in about one billion yen in revenue (ticket sales, broadcast rights, sponsorship deals, merchandise sales). If they finish in third, they will be the visiting team and will not earn any revenue and will instead have to pay for travel and hotel expenses. Source: Sanspo 9/21/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to look into all aspects of their organization to see if anything can be improved for the 2015 season. That includes front office and coaching staff personnel. Source: Sanspo 9/21/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons can no longer finish the season with a .500 or better record. Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2014 ... The Dragons finished with a losing record last season. The last time they went two consecutive seasons with records under .500 was in 1985-1986. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Guillermo Moscoso picked up his ninth victory of the season on Friday and set a new franchise record for wins by a foreign pitcher. Domingo Guzman set the previous record of eight in 2003. Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows can no longer do any better than fourth place in the Central League. Source: Daily Sports 9/20/2014

[9/19/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.20, 2014 @ 3:53 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami picked up his tenth victory of the year on Friday and became the first player out of high school to record at least ten victories in each of his first two seasons in the NPB since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999 (sixteen victories) and 2000 (fourteen victories). The last pitcher to accomplish the feat in the Central League (and in franchise history) was Yutaka Enatsu in 1967 (twelve victories) and 1968 (twenty-five victories). Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014, Sponichi 9/19/2014 ... Fujinami recorded his sixth RBI of the season on Friday and became the first Japanese pitcher in franchise history to record six RBI in one season since Tetsuro Kawajiri in 1996. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer Atsushi Nomi a multi-year contract. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014
  • CS channel Sky A is planning to provide live coverage of fall camp this year. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

  • Tsubasa Aizawa (right hamstring) is hoping to make it back to the active roster in time for the Climax Series. He told reporters he no longer felt any pain and was able to swing the bat with full force. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda is slated to make three more starts during the regular season: against Yokohama on the 21st, against Yakult on the 28th, and against Yomiuri on October 5. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto could get another start on the 23rd against Yomiuri at Nagoya Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014
  • Thirty-nine-year-old pitcher Kenshin Kawakami will consider retirement if the Dragons decide to let him go. He enjoys the game, but "does not want to cling just to play." Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2014
  • The Dragons are planning to invite Masahiro Doi to their fall camp as a special instructor. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014
  • Takuya Asao may not pitch in another game this season (his last game was against Ni-gun Hiroshima on August 24). He could attend the Phoenix League. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014
  • Kazuhiro Wada (right wrist), Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow), Tatsuro Hamada (left ebow), and Hitoki Iwase will most likely miss the rest of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shugo Fujii believes he still has enough left in the tank to continue playing. He plans to attend the twelve-team tryouts if the Bay Stars decide to let him go. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles) could return to the United States as early as the 22nd, if he can get enough plate appearances to qualify for hitting titles during the Yomiuri series that begins on the 19th. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014

[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

[9/17/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 5:08 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano recorded thirteen victories last year in his first year and his eleventh victory of the season on Tuesday. He became the seventh pitcher in franchise history to record eleven or more victories in his first two years in the NPB, first since Tsuneo Horiuchi in 1966 (sixteen victories) and 1967 (twelve victories). Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded his sixteenth modasho of the year on Wednesday. He tied Yoshio Yoshida for fourth on the franchise's all-time list with 114 career modashos. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014
  • Mauro Gomez tied Craig Brazell's 2010 franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 153 on Tuesday. The Central League record of 173 was set by Akinori Iwamura in 2004. The NPB record of 204 was set by Ralph Bryant in 1993. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014 ... Gomez set a new franchise record with two more strikeouts on Wednesday.
  • If Yutaka Wada returns in 2015, he may have to agree to some changes in the coaching staff, like head coach and Ni-gun manager. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014
  • Former athlete Nobuharu Asahara spent time giving some of the younger players at Naruohama tips on mental toughness, body usage, and running on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014
  • The Tigers are interested in adding Chihiro Kaneko to their rotation and could offer him a four-year deal in the two billion yen range if he exercises his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred set a new franchise record on Tuesday with his 151st strikeout of the season. The previous record of 150 was set by Shota Dobayashi in 2012. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hitoki Iwase's streak of consecutive seasons with at least thirty saves officially ended at nine years on Wednesday. Iwase has twenty saves this season and the Dragons now have nine games left to play. The veteran has been at Ni-gun since August 9 because of tightness in his left elbow. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tomoko Namba, DeNA founder, former CEO, and current member of the board, is expected to become the Bay Stars' next owner. If she does, she will become the first female owner in NPB history. Current owner Makoto Haruta is planning to step down from his post at the end of the season.

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada recorded his sixth lead-off home run of the year on Tuesday and tied Takao Sato's six in 1955 for second on the franchise's all-time list for lead-off home runs in one season. Dave Hilton set the franchise record of eight in 1978. Source: Sanspo 9/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons 2 – Yokohama Bay Stars 1 (September 17, 2014)

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 4:31 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Ono, Yudai (CHU) 8-7, 3.11 - Takasaki, Kentaro (YOK) 1-1, 4.03

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 8 0
Yokohama 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0

Attendance: 15872 | Time: 3h1m | Chunichi leads series, 12-9-1

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[9/16/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants suffered their second shutout loss in a row on Monday. The last time they recorded two or more consecutive shutout losses was in 2012 (three straight games, April 5-7). Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Katsuhiko Kumon's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 3,000 grams, on the 13th at a hospital in Hyogo. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Team president Nobuo Minami told reporters on Tuesday that they were planning to offer Yutaka Wada a contract for the 2015 season because "managers were not something that should be changed easily." He also added that the team had to perform within reasonable expectations. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014
  • Takashi Toritani's personal record for most trips to the plate without a hit was twenty-four, set between September 5, 2012 and September 11, 2012. He avoided tying his record by two with a single to center during his third trip to the plate in the 7th inning of Monday's game against the Yakult Swallows. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Araki became the seventeenth player in NPB history to reach 350 stolen bases on Tuesday. Araki and Morimichi Takagi (369) are the only players in franchise history with 350 or more stolen bases. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014 ... Araki also became just the third player in NPB history with at least 250 sac hits and 350 or more stolen bases. Source: Sanspo 9/16/2014
  • The Dragons dropped their fifth straight against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Monday. It was their first five-game losing streak against Yokohama since 1998. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani blasted his third lead-off home run of the month on Monday (September 9, 10, and 15) and became the first player in franchise history to hit three lead-off home runs in one month since Shozo Shigematsu in June 1964. Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2014, Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Tony Blanco hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run on Monday against the Chunichi Dragons. It was the eighth pinch-hit walk-off home run in franchise history, first since Masakuni Odajima on July 18, 2003. It was also the fourth pinch-hit walk-off home run by a foreign player in Central League history. The other three: Hal Breeden on September 14, 1977; Glenn Davis on May 1, 1996; and Mark Johnson on July 8, 1999. Monday's game was the seventeenth in Central League history where a team began with a lead-off home run and ended with a walk-off home run, first since Yomiuri on July 30. It was the fourth time the Bay Stars accomplished the feat in franchise history. The other three times: against Hiroshima on April 8, 1961; against Hiroshima on April 22, 2007; and against Seibu on June 21, 2008. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014 ... Blanco recorded the third walk-off home run and second pinch-hit home run of his career on Monday. Source: Sanspo 9/16/2014
  • The front office is fairly happy with the team's performance under Kiyoshi Nakahata so far this season. They have not set any hard goals for an extension for Nakahata and will wait a little longer to see how things turn out before discussing 2015. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Norihiro Nakamura wants to play for a team that needs him and is thinking about exercising his FA option. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014 ... Yokohama GM Shigeru Takada is planning to meet Nakamura to discuss plans for 2015. Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2014, Sports Hochi 9/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows could name Ichi-gun hitting coach Mitsuru Manaka their new manager as early as the 18th. Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2014
  • If Wladimir Balentien needs surgery to treat his left Achilles, he will most likely require five to six months for a full recovery. He will be going to North Carolina for his tests. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons 6 – Yokohama Bay Stars 0 (September 16, 2014)

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Muto, Yuta (CHU) 0-1, 5.06 - Yamaguchi, Shun (YOK) 7-3, 2.91

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 11 1
Yokohama 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3

Attendance: 15673 | Time: 3h18m | Chunichi leads series, 11-9-1

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