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[7/27/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.28, 2015 @ 7:24 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded the 122nd modasho of his career on July 26. Twenty-eight of the 122 came against Yokohama. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015
  • Taiga Egoshi notched a modasho on July 26 against Yokohama and became the first rookie to accomplish the feat since Shunsuke Fujikawa recorded three hits against Yakult on August 29, 2010. Source: Sponichi 7/27/2015
  • Randy Messenger struck out four against Yokohama on July 26 and moved into sole possession of fourth on the all-time list for strikeouts by a foreign pitcher with 862. Source: Sponichi 7/26/2015 ... Messenger is 6-8 with a 3.18 ERA in eighteen games on four days of rest over his NPB career. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015
  • Only four pitchers have recorded two or more wins as a starter this year: Shintaro Fujinami (eight), Atsushi Nomi (seven), Randy Messenger (seven), and Minoru Iwata (five). Seven other pitchers have made twenty-two starts and notched a combined four wins. The victories belong to Akira Iwamoto, Yuta Iwasada, Mario Santiago, and Shoya Yamamoto. Source: Sponichi 7/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2015
  • Kazuya Takamiya missed general practices on July 17 because of gastroenteritis. His punishment for missing the practice was an extra day of workouts on July 24 and some side-to-side fielding practice on July 27. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015
  • The Tigers are not planning to make any more moves before the trade deadline on July 31. They will continue to keep an eye on Kyuji Fujikawa as a possible option for the 2016 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015, Daily Sports 7/27/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Through July 25, Motonobu Tanishige has played in 3,017 games, 2,960 as a catcher. Source: Sanspo 7/26/2015 ... At forty-four years and seven months, Tanishige became the youngest to play in 3,017 games. Katsuya Nomura was forty-five years and three months when he set the record in 1980. Source: Sponichi 7/26/2015 ... Tanshige has made the starting line-up 2,665 times. He has batted eighth as a starter in 1,847 games. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2015
  • Drew Naylor and Rafael Perez joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Nagoya Dome on July 27. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows extended their winning streak to seven games on July 26. It is their first seven-game winning streak since September 13, 2011. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015 ... The 2011 winning streak went to nine games (September 6 - 15). Source: Sponichi 7/27/2015
  • Tony Barnette set a new franchise record for foreign pitchers by notching a save in each of his last ten appearances. The previous record of nine was set by Chang-Yong Lim in 2008 and 2009. Source: Sanspo 7/26/2015 ... The ten saves in ten consecutive appearances also ties the NPB record for foreign pitchers, set by Dong-Yeol Sun in 1999. Source: Sanspo 7/27/2015

Chunichi Dragons 7 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8 (July 26, 2015)

by on Jul.26, 2015 @ 9:26 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Wakamatsu, Shunta (CHU) 3-1, 2.05 - Yamanaka, Hirofumi (YAK) 3-0, 2.00

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

Attendance: 21109 | Time: 2h51m | Yakult leads series, 10-6-0

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[7/25/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Jul.26, 2015 @ 9:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yasuyuki Kataoka recorded the 200th sac hit of his career during his at bat in the 1st inning of a game against the Hiroshima Carp on July 25 and became the thirty-seventh player in NPB history to reach the milestone. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami set a new career high by throwing 152 pitches for his shutout victory over the Yokohama Bay Stars on July 24. His previous high of 143 was set against Chunichi on July 15, 2014. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2015 ... Fujinami recorded his second shutout victory on July 24 and became the first Japanese Hanshin pitcher to accomplish the feat since Atsushi Nomi in 2013 and the first right-handed Japanese Hanshin pitcher since Shinobu Fukuhara in 2005. Source: Chunichi Sports 7/25/2015 ... Fujinami recorded the first 150-plus pitch shutout victory in the NPB since Tetsuya Utsumi on May 28, 2011 (against Lotte, 152 pitches) and the first 150-plus pitch shutout victory in franchise history since Kei Igawa on June 25, 2003 (against Hiroshima, 150 pitches). Source: Sanspo 7/25/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred's wife gave birth to the couple's third child, a girl weighing 3,119 grams, on July 25 (US time). Eldred is currently scheduled to return to Japan on the July 28. Source: Daily Sports 7/25/2015, Sports Hochi 7/25/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige played in his 3,017th game on July 25 and tied Katsuya Nomura's all-time NPB record for most games played. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2015

[7/21/2015] Chunichi Dragons become third team in NPB to play 10,000 games

by on Jul.22, 2015 @ 9:55 am, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons played their 10,000th game on July 21 and became the third team in the NPB to reach the milestone.

The chart below shows records for each of the three teams after they played their 10,000th game and the date they reached the milestone.

Team Games W L T Date
Hanshin 10,000 5,012 4,686 302 2015/07/03
Orix 10,000 4,978 4,676 346 2015/07/13
Chunichi 10,000 5,011 4,653 336 2015/07/22

The Yomiuri Giants are on track to reach 10,000 games this season as well. They are sitting on 9,988 (5,680-3,996-312) through July 21.

[7/21/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.22, 2015 @ 9:44 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger struck out two during his start against Yomiuri on July 21 and tied Jeremy Powell for fourth on the all-time strikeout list for foreign pitchers with 858. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yusuke Nomura will be taken off the active roster on July 22 after two consecutive ineffective starts (2 G, 8.1 IP, 45 BF, 15 H, 4 BB, 10 R, 5 ER). Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Drew Naylor and Rafael Perez made their Ni-gun debuts on July 21 against Softbank. Naylor got the start and tossed three shutout innings (12 BF, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 SO). Perez relieved Naylor and gave up two runs over three innings (15 BF, 6 H, 0 BB, 4 SO). Both players will pitch in one or two more games at Ni-gun before becoming available to pitch in Ichi-gun games. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2015
  • Ryosuke Hirata recorded the second two-homer game of his career on July 20 (vs Yakult on August 25, 2011 at Jingu Stadium and vs Hiroshima on July 20 at Mazda Stadium). Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/21/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows scored eleven runs in the 9th inning of a game against Yokohama on July 21 and tied a franchise record that was set in May 1978. They fell short of the Central League record of twelve, set by Hanshin in 1969. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2015

[7/20/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Jul.21, 2015 @ 7:34 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Potential starters for the Hiroshima series that begins on July 24: Tomoyuki Sugano, Hayato Takagi, and Kazuto Taguchi. Source: Sponichi 7/20/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Suguru Iwazaki will most likely get the start on July 25 against Yokohama at Koshien Stadium. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda will most likely get a start on July 22 against Chunichi at Mazda Stadium over Takumi Akiyama. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda is set to get a start on July 24 against the Yomiuri Giants at Mazda Stadium. Source: Sports Hochi 7/20/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Tomoya Yagi could get a start against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium on July 22. Source: Sponichi 7/20/2015