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Yokohama Bay Stars 6 – Chunichi Dragons 11 (April 15, 2014)

by on Apr.15, 2014 @ 9:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars vs Chunichi Dragons @ Nagoya Dome - 18:00
Starters: Kubo, Yasutomo (YOK) 1-0, 3.46 - Cabrera, Daniel (CHU) 2-0, 1.29

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yokohama 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 6 5 2
Chunichi 0 2 0 4 0 4 1 0 X 11 16 2

Attendance: 22565 | Time: 3h58m | Chunichi leads series, 1-0-0

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[4/14/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto threw close to fifty pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  He is slated to start a Ni-gun game on the 17th against Hiroshima at Nagoya Stadium.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014
  • To commemorate Daola's twentieth anniversary, his next book (split into four parts) will be available for purchase in both Japan and the United States through iBooks and Google Play Books.  The first part will be released on April 18 at 185 yen.  The other three parts will be released on April 25 at 232 yen each.  Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Yagi will most likely get a start on the 16th against Yomiuri at Jingu.  He threw fifty-five pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014
  • 3rd round draft pick Ryo Akiyoshi will be moving to the bullpen from the starting rotation.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014
  • Wladimir Balentien homered in his fourth straight game on Sunday.  He joined Roberto Petagine and Alex Ramirez as the only players in franchise history to hit home runs in four or more games three times during their stints with the team.  Petagine: five games twice, four games once.  Ramirez: five games in 2003, four games in 2004 and 2005.  Balentien: four games in August 2011, June 2013, and April 2014.  Sadaharu Oh and Randy Bass hold the NPB record with seven games (1972 and 1986, respectively).  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014, Sanspo 4/14/2014
  • Talento Mai Yamagishi will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Jingu Stadium on the 16th.  Source: official announcement

[4/11/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.12, 2014 @ 12:20 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yuki Koyama is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on the 15th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano became the ninth pitcher in franchise history to start and win three or more games in a row, beginning with the opening day start, and first since Tetsuya Utsumi in 2010 (four starts, four wins).  There have been seven right-handed Yomiuri pitchers that accomplished the feat before Sugano.  Masumi Kuwata was the last with five starts and five wins in 1989.  Sugano also won his first three starts last season and joined Tsuneo Horiuchi (thirteen wins to start the 1966 season and eight wins to start the 1967 season), Kunikazu Ogawa (three wins to start the 1973 season and seven wins to start the 1974 season), and Hisanori Takahashi (three wins to start the 2000 and 2001 seasons) as the only pitchers in franchise history to begin their first two seasons with three-game winning streaks.  Source: Sanspo 4/11/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi recorded a modasho and threw out two base-runners on Thursday.  He is the first rookie in franchise history to achieve the feat.  Shinnosuke Abe had three modashos and threw out multiple base-runners four times during his rookie season in 2001, but never accomplished both in the same game.  Source: Sponichi 4/11/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers added Kazuo Ito to the seventy-man roster on Friday.  His uniform number changed from 117 to 92.  Source: official announcement
  • Daiki Enokida faced three hitters, recorded one out, and threw seventeen pitches during Thursday's game against Yokohama.  He is still scheduled to start a game on the 13th against Yomiuri at Koshien.  Source: Sanpso 4/11/2014
  • Minoru Iwata could get a start during an upcoming Yakult series (April 18-20, at Koshien).  Source: Sanspo 4/11/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuya Fukui started a Ni-gun game against Orix on Friday.  He pitched seven innings and gave up two runs.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/2014
  • Chudenko presented the Carp with a solar-powered radio-wave clock as part of its seventieth anniversary celebration.  The clock was installed outside Mazda Stadium.  An unveiling ceremony took place on Friday morning.  Source: Daily Sports 4/11/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons increased the number of relievers from six to seven by adding Kenta Asakura to the active roster on Friday.  Shunta Wakamatsu was sent down to Ni-gun to make room for Asakura.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/2014
  • Ryosuke Hirata is apparently taking things a little more seriously this year, according to Tokyo Sports.  Hirata has cut back on drinking and playing video games this season.  Source: Tokyo Sports 4/11/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Lastings Milledge has been struggling at the plate (nine hits in forty-seven plate appearances) and the Swallows need arms.  They will take Milledge off the active roster to make room for Orlando Roman.  Source: Sponichi 4/11/2014

Chunichi Dragons 3 – Hiroshima Toyo Carp 4 (April 11, 2014)

by on Apr.11, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Hiroshima Carp @ Mazda Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Kawakami, Kenshin (CHU) 0-1, 3.27 - Bullington, Bryan (HIR) 0-2, 2.53

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

Attendance: 15601 | Time: 2h36m | Hiroshima leads series, 3-1-0

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[4/10/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons

by on Apr.11, 2014 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi will most likely start a game against Hanshin at Koshien on the 12th on three days of rest.  Utsumi only got to throw thirty-three pitches during his last start because he was ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch in the 3rd.  Source: Daily Sports 4/10/2014
  • Kentaro Nishimura recorded a save on one pitch on Wednesday and became the fifty-sixth pitcher in NPB history to achieve the feat (accomplished sixty-two times).  Only five other Yomiuri pitchers managed to save a game on one pitch: Hisao Niura in 1974, Kunikazu Ogawa in 1975, Takashi Nishimoto in 1980, Yoshitaka Katori in 1985, Hiroaki Hirota in 1989.  Source: Sponichi 4/10/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome played in a Ni-gun game against Orix on Thursday.  He got the start in right and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-3.  He also played in the Ichi-gun game against Yokohama later in the day (entered game on defense in right partway through the top of the 5th, went 0-for-2 with a walk at the plate).  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2014
  • Kazuo Ito will most likely be added to the seventy-man roster within the next couple of days.  Source: Sanspo 4/10/2014
  • Hiroaki Saiuchi's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 3,116 grams, at a hospital in Fukui on the 9th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2014
  • Matt Murton celebrated his daughter's fourth birthday with a trip to Universal Studios Japan on the 7th.  Source: Sanspo 4/10/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The home run Michihiro Ogasawara hit on Wednesday was the first he slugged with facial hair since 2006.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2014

[4/9/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Apr.09, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi was tossed from Tuesday's game against the Hiroshima Carp after he threw a dangerous pitch to Yoshihiro Maru in the 3rd inning.  Utsumi was also thrown out for throwing dangerous pitches on August 9, 2006 and September 12, 2007.  Source: Sponichi 4/9/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez extended his hitting streak to ten games on Tuesday and set a new franchise record for streaks to start the season by a foreign player.  The previous record of nine was set by Andy Sheets in 2006.  The general franchise record, and NPB record, of twenty-four was set by Yutaka Wada in 1997.  Source: Sanspo 4/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/9/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami gave up the first grand slam of his career to Yokohama's Tony Blanco on Tuesday.  Last season, he faced hitters with the bases loaded nine times in twenty-four games (1-for-7, one walk, one sac fly, .143 batting average).  So far this year, in two games, he has faced two hitters with the bases loaded and gave up one sac fly and one home run.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2014
  • Minoru Iwata started a Ni-gun game against Orix on Wednesday.  He pitched eight shutout innings and gave up four hits.  He topped out at 144km/h and threw eighty-six pitches.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Through Tuesday, the Carp had seven victories in nine games this season.  The last time they won seven during the first nine games of the season was in 1993.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada recorded the 300th home run of his career on Tuesday.  The milestone came in his 1,809th career game, which only trails Makoto Matsubara's 1,862.  At forty-one years and nine months, he became the oldest player to record home run 300.  The previous record of thirty-nine years and five months was set by Katsumi Hirosawa.  Wada is the first player to reach 300 home runs as a player that spent time playing both college and industrial league ball.  Source: Sponichi 4/9/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Shota Suzuki pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Wednesday.  He faced five hitters, threw twenty-two pitches (mostly fastballs) and allowed three hits.  Source: Sponichi 4/9/2014

[4/9/2014] Injury Report: Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri), Tony Blanco (Yokohama)

by on Apr.09, 2014 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe (left calf) resumed practices on Tuesday.  His workouts included light running and playing catch.  He could return to the starting line-up in time for the Hanshin series that begins on the 11th.  Source: Sanpso 4/9/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yoshihiro Maru took an HBP off the area near the ear-flap of his helmet in the 3rd inning of Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  He remained in the game and was later taken to the hospital as a precaution.  He was in the starting line-up on Wednesday.  Source: Sponichi 4/9/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow) tossed batting practice on Wednesday.  It was his second session since his surgery.  He threw seventy-two pitches.  He will begin pitching in batting practice scrimmages on six days of rest.  If everything goes well, he could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on April 30.  Source: Sponichi 4/9/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco ended pre-game batting practice early on Tuesday because of a discomfort in his left wrist.  He still managed to hit a grand slam in the 7th.  He hit another home run on Wednesday.  Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2014, Sports Hochi 4/9/2014