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[7/21/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.22, 2014 @ 12:05 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada was hit on the left side of the head with a pitch during his at bat in the 1st inning of Monday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  Wada was taken to a hospital in Yokohama for tests.  No abnormalities were found. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Noriharu Yamazaki recorded four sac hits during Monday's game against the Chunichi Dragons and became the ninth player in NPB history to accomplish the feat. Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2014
  • Shugo Fujii talked to general manager Shigeru Takada about the organization's plans for him.  He will most likely be used in relief. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014
  • Yulieski Gourriel could end up missing about two weeks with inflammation in his left side. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against the Futures on Monday.  He tossed two shutout innings and gave up two hits.  He struck out three and threw thirty-two pitches.  It was his first outing since he pitched in a practice game against Chunichi during spring camp on February 19. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014
  • Nagisa Arakaki and Hirofumi Yamanaka are scheduled to join the team on the 23rd.  The Swallows will most likely go with a five-man rotation over the first six games of the second-half.  They plan to add a sixth man to the rotation on the 29th.  Arakaki could end up getting a start on the 31st against Hanshin at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 7/21/2014 ... The Swallows will hold a press conference for Arakaki and Yamanaka on the 22nd.  The Ichi-gun coaches will check on the two players over a two day period beginning on the 23rd.  Their assignments will be decided after the two-day "tryout" period. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014
  • The Swallows' second team shop opened up in Shinjuku on Monday (located in between the stadium and Shinanomachi Station).  About 450 fans lined up outside of the store for the grand opening ceremony. Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2014

Chunichi Dragons 4 – Yokohama Bay Stars 4 (July 21, 2014)

by on Jul.21, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Iwata, Shinji (CHU) 2-0, 3.60 - Yamaguchi, Shun (YOK) 3-3, 3.25

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

Attendance: 21902 | Time: 4h58m | Chunichi leads series, 7-3-1

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[7/20/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 11:35 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi threw thirty-nine pitches in the bullpen at Giants Stadium on Sunday.  He is slated to start Tuesday's game against Hanshin at Koshien. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014
  • Tetsuya Utsumi threw 131 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  He will most likely get a start during the Chunichi series that begins on the 25th at Nagoya Dome. Source: Sanpso 7/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda (right elbow) is scheduled to pitch an inning in a Ni-gun rehab intra-squad game on the 23rd.  He could begin pitching in Ni-gun rehab games in August. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014, Daily Sports 7/20/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada is slated to start a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on the 27th.  If he continues to make good progress at Ni-gun, he could make it to the active roster some time in mid-August. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Mauro Gomez took thirty-one swings during batting practice on Saturday and hit seven over the fence. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Yoshinori Tateyama threw forty-three pitches, including the forkball, in the bullpen on Saturday.  He will be with the Ni-gun team for a two-game series against Chunichi (July 26-27).  If he pitches well, he could be available for the active roster for the Yakult series that begins on the 29th at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Randy Messenger's next two starts could come on the 22nd (Yomiuri at Koshien) and 29th (Yakult at Koshien). Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenjiro Nomura is planning to added Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) to the active roster on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Ishihara (right shoulder) will replace Yoshikazu Kura on the active roster.  The Carp are planning to carry two catchers -- Ishihara and Tsubasa Aizawa -- at the start of the second-half. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Shuhei Takahashi took seventy-seven swings during batting practice at Nagoya Dome on Sunday and hit seven over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yokohama series that begins on the 21st at Yokohama: Shinji Iwata, Tatsuro Hamada, Kazuki Yoshimi. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata does not want to lose Taketoshi Goto in the line-up when Tony Blanco returns and is thinking about giving the veteran a look out in left. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014 ... Nakahata believes the first six games of the second-half will be very important and could set the tone for the remainder of the season. Source: Sponichi 7/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa threw fifty-five pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  He will start Monday's game against Hiroshima at Jingu.  His next start after that will most likely come on 27th against Yokohama at Jingu on five days of rest. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014

[7/19/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 12:39 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama could be added to the active roster for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 21st.  He got a chance to introduce himself to his new teammates and coaches when he joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at Koshien on Friday.  He also spent some time working with catcher Kazunari Tsuruoka. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014, Sponichi 7/19/2014
  • Mauro Gomez has yet to reach his goal and will therefore continue to let his beard grow out. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014
  • The longest Matt Murton went without shaving before this season was a week to ten days. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) could begin playing in rehab games before the end of the month.  He started running dashes at Nagoya Stadium on Friday.  He has already resumed batting practice against pitching machines. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014
  • Hector Luna (right elbow) might not be able to make it back to the active roster until some time in August.  The Dragons do not want to risk further injury and will likely play it safe with Luna. Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2014 ... Luna told reporters he did not want to repeat the same mistake he made last year by returning to the active roster before his injury fully healed (last year it was his knee and he ended up missing the end of the season).  He also said he wanted to get at least 200 more trips to the plate before the end of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel got an MRI on his left side at a hospital in Yokohama on Saturday.  The Bay Stars are expected to get the results within the next couple days. Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2014
  • Shugo Fujii was limited to three Ni-gun games since June because of problems with his left elbow.  He told reporters his elbow was fine and that he was ready to pitch.  He also said, "I'm not sure if they'll offer me an extension for next year.  I want to make it to Ichi-gun and help the team win.  I'll start and relieve." Source: Sponichi 7/19/2014

[7/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.18, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Possible starters for the Hanshin series that begins on the 21st at Koshien Stadium: Hirokazu Sawamura, Toshiya Sugiuchi, Tomoyuki Sugano. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014 ... Daily Sports' guess: Sawamura, Sugiuchi, and Yuki Koyama. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Koshien on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2014
  • Matt Murton thought about shaving his beard because its getting hot, but decided not to after he took a Twitter poll: 200 fans wanted him to keep the beard, 10 fans wanted him to shave it. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 21st at Koshien Stadium: Minoru Iwata, Randy Messenger, Atsushi Nomi. Possible starters for the Hiroshima series that begins on the 25th at Mazda Stadium: Shintaro Fujinami, [one of the following: 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki, Kazuhito Futagami, Takumi Akiyama], Iwata. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014 ... Possible starters for the Yakult series that begins on the 29th at Koshien: Nomi, Messenger, [one of the following: Futagami or Akiyama]. Source: Sanspo 7/18/2014
  • Mauro Gomez has a shot at becoming just the fourth foreign player in franchise history to play in every game during his first season, first since Matt Murton in 2010.  He could also become the first foreign player in franchise history to bat fourth in every game during his first season. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura an extension for the 2015 season (third year). Source: Sanspo 7/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna (right elbow) began his rehab at Nagoya Stadium on Friday.  He told reporters it was not pain he felt, but discomfort. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars will give Tony Blanco a four-day trial before deciding what to do with him.  Although much will depend on the severity of Yulieski Gourriel's injury.  Aarom Baldiris has a clause in his contract that basically guarantees him a spot on the active roster.  Guillermo Moscoso and Enyelbert Soto will also be competing for a spot. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014

[7/16/2014] Injury Report: Yulieski Gourriel (Yokohama), Chris Narveson (Yakult)

by on Jul.17, 2014 @ 4:07 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are hoping to have Yohei Oshima (right side) back in time for the start of the second-half of the season.  Hector Luna (right elbow) could be ready to return on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014 ... Oshima appeared in Wednesday's game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th and flied out to left.  He is hoping to return to the starting line-up when the second-half of the season resumes on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel left Wednesday's game against Hiroshima on defense in the 3rd because of discomfort in his left side. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014 ... Gourriel started feeling some discomfort in his left side during his second at bat in the top of the 3rd.  He could visit a hospital for tests on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Chris Narveson was slated to start Wednesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome, but was scratched at the last minute because of neck pain he started experiencing during practice on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014 ... The injury does not appear to be serious.  The team trainer told reporters it was like he slept on his neck wrong. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014

[7/16/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

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

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi picked up his fifteenth RBI as a pinch-hitter during Tuesday's game against the Yakult Swallows.  The franchise record of eighteen was set by Masahiro Yanagida in 1972. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani joined Masayasu Kaneda (ten years, 1946-1955), Taira Fujita (twelve year, 1967-1978), and Yutaka Wada (twelve years, 1988-1999) as the only Hanshin lifers in franchise history to record 100 hits in ten or more consecutive seasons.  Akinobu Mayumi also recorded 100 hits in eleven consecutive seasons (1978-1988, ten with the Tigers beginning in 1979), but he started his career with the Taiheiyo Club Lions/Crown Lighter Lions.  Tomoaki Kanemoto recorded 100 hits in fifteen consecutive seasons (1995-2009), but only seven with the Tigers.  Sadaharu Oh holds the NPB record with twenty-one (1960-1980). Source: Sanspo 7/16/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami liked basketball growing up and was invited to play on his school team, but declined because he was worried about jamming his finger.  He also did a lot of swimming and kept at it because a friend got hurt after they quit. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014 ... Fujinami set career highs in pitches (136) and strikeouts (13) during a start against the Nippon Ham Fighters on June 17.  In tossing the first complete game of his career on Tuesday, he set a new career high in pitches with 143 and tied his career high in strikeouts with thirteen.  By tying his career high in strikeouts, he became the first Hanshin pitcher to strikeout thirteen or more batters in a game two or more times in the same season since Yutaka Enatsu did it twice in 1972. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014
  • The Arai brothers recorded consecutive timely hits in the same game for the fourth time in their careers on Tuesday: 6th inning on April 21, 2013 vs Yakult at Koshien; 3rd inning on May 11, 2013 vs Yakult at Matsuyama; 1st inning on May 26, 2013 vs Nippon Ham at Koshien; and 6th inning on July 15, 2014 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The pitching staff walked or hit at least one batter in every inning of Tuesday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  They became the tenth team in NPB history to walk or hit at least one batter in every inning of a game, first since Chunichi against Lotte on May 22, 2007; and the fourth team in the Central League (1996 Yomiuri against Hiroshima, 1997 Chunichi against Hiroshima, and 2007 Chunichi against Lotte). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • With all the injuries during the first-half, head coach Shigekazu Mori is already thinking about competing for a second or third, while giving younger players a chance to gain experience at Ichi-gun. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Masanori Hayashi took a batted ball off his left cheek during a game against Hanshin on the 6th.  He told reporters he was scared when he took the mound for the first time since the incident on the 11th. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014
  • The Bay Stars set a new NPB record by leaving nineteen runners on base during Tuesday's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  The 1943 Hanshin, 1955 Yomiuri, 1973 Hanshin, 1987 Kintetsu, 1990 Hanshin, and 1999 Yakult held the previous record of eighteen. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

[7/15/2014] Injury Report: Hector Luna (Chunichi), Sho Nakata (Nippon Ham)

by on Jul.16, 2014 @ 3:46 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • 1st round draft pick Daichi Osera took a batted ball off his left calf during the 4th inning of Monday's game against Yokohama.  He left the game after six full innings because the calf was beginning to tighten up. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014 ... Osera told reporters on Tuesday he felt better than he thought he would. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yohei Oshima (right side) returned to practices on Tuesday.  He did not play catch or take batting practice in the cages.  He did field some grounders, work on his bunts, and hit some soft-toss batting practice. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014
  • Hector Luna was supposed to get an MRI for his right elbow, but turned it down because the machine made him uncomfortable (it was too small, it hurt his shoulder).  Luna wants for focus on treatment for the pain and inflammation so he can return to the active roster in ten days.  Head coach Shigekazu Mori told reporters doctors could not find any inflammation in his x-rays.  They decided to take Luna off the active roster because they had no solid leads on how long it might take for him to recover. Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa's start was cut short on Monday because of a cramp near the base of his right thumb.  He experienced a similar cramp last year during the Industrial League Championships. Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Haruki Nishikawa hurt his right middle finger while returning to second base on a pick-off attempt in the 4th inning of Tuesday's game against Seibu.  He was removed from the game on defense in the 5th. Source: Sponichi 7/15/2014 ... Nishikawa was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a sprain in the PIP joint of his right middle finger.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014
  • Sho Nakata was left out of the starting line-up on Tuesday against Seibu because of left knee pain.  He was hit by a pitch on the knee during a game against Lotte on the 6th.  He has had problems with the knee since and was told by doctors to rest it. Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2014 ... Nakata did make it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th on Tuesday and flied out to right. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014