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[9/15/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 3:51 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants donated one million yen to Hiroshima landslide relief before Sunday's game against the Hiroshima Carp. They also included the 469,587 yen they collected from fans during a three-day period beginning on the 12th. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/15/2014official announcement
  • Hector Mendoza threw forty-seven pitches in the bullpen during Ichi-gun practice on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014, Sponichi 9/15/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung Hwan Oh picked up his thirty-fifth save of the season on Monday and tied the NPB record for saves by a foreign pitcher in his first year in the NPB. Eddie Gaillard (2000) and Dennis Sarfate (2011) each saved thirty-five games in a season. Source: Sponichi 9/15/2014
  • Matt Murton is currently 22-for-36 with five home runs in ten games at Jingu Stadium this year. Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2014
  • Randy Messenger should get at least two more starts before the end of the regular season. Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kila Ka'aihue and Katsuhiro Nagakawa were sent down to Ni-gun to make room for Brad Eldred and Jumpei Shinoda. Hiroshima called up Shinoda because they wanted another left-handed arm in the bullpen. Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2014 ... Eldred struck out twice on Monday and tied Shota Dobayashi's 2012 franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 150. Source: Sponichi 9/15/2014
  • Probable starters for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 15th at Mazda Stadium: Kenta Maeda, Yusuke Nomura, and Deunte Heath. Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Katsuki Matayoshi pitched in his sixtieth game of the season on Monday and became the first rookie pitcher in franchise history to appear in at least sixty games in one season in their first year in the NPB since Hitoki Iwase in 1999. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014
  • With help from the offense on Sunday, Masahiro Yamamoto avoided becoming the older pitcher to record a loss. He left the game as the losing pitcher down 5-3 after four innings of work. The offense scored a run 7th and tied the game in the 8th. Shinji Hamazaki set the current record for oldest pitcher to lose a game at forty-eight years and ten months in 1950. Source: Sports Hochi 9/15/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars have three foreign players with at least ten home runs this season (through Sunday): Aarom Baldiris with sixteen, Tony Blanco with fifteen, and Yulieski Gourriel with ten. Yokohama has had three foreign players hit at least ten home runs in one season one other time in franchise history: in 2010, Terrmel Sledge recorded twenty-eight, Jose Castillo nineteen, and Brett Harper nineteen. Source: Sponichi 9/15/2014
  • Tomoya Mikami saved his nineteenth game of the season on Sunday and set a new franchise record for saves by a rookie in his first year in the NPB. The previous record of eighteen was set by Atsushi Kizuka in 2000. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014
  • The Bay Stars picked up their ninth shutout of the year on Sunday. It was also their second shutout against the Giants (July 9 and September 14). The last time Yokohama recorded two shutouts against Yomiuri in one season was in 2002 (July 16 and August 8). Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014
  • Forty-one-year-old Norihiro Nakamura is not ready to retire and is planning to remain active in 2015, regardless of his contract status with the Bay Stars. Source: Sports Hochi 9/15/2014

Chunichi Dragons 3 – Yokohama Bay Stars 4 (September 15, 2014)

by on Sep.15, 2014 @ 4:45 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 14:00
Starters: Ito, Junki (CHU) 0-2, 4.35 - Kubo, Yasutomo (YOK) 12-6, 3.68

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

Attendance: 28597 | Time: 3h32m | Chunichi leads series, 10-9-1

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[9/14/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.15, 2014 @ 4:44 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hector Mendoza could make his Ichi-gun debut on the 21st against Yakult at Tokyo Dome. There could be other opportunities to pitch if/when the Giants clinch first place. Sponichi 9/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers gave up seventeen runs at Koshien to the Hiroshima Carp on Saturday. The last time they gave up seventeen runs at Koshien was when they lost a game to the Giants, 18-3 on April 16, 1950. The most runs they allowed in a game was twenty-two to Chunichi on October 6, 1950 (22-9). Source: Sanspo 9/14/2014, Sponichi 9/14/2014 ... The seventeen runs allowed to Hiroshima set a new record for the Tigers. Prior to Saturday, in 1,665 games against Hiroshima, the most Hanshin ever allowed in one game was sixteen (twice). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada was an alternate 1st round draft pick for the Tigers during the 2013 draft. Daichi Osera was their "true" 1st round draft pick, but was lost to Hiroshima in the lottery. The two faced each other on Saturday and became the second alternate and "true" 1st round draft picks in franchise history to pitch against each other in their first year in the NPB, first since Shinichi Kondo (in relief for Chunichi) and Takashi Inomata (as a starter for Hanshin) on August 29, 1987. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Katsuki Matayoshi has appeared in fifty-nine games this season. Daisuke Sobue has appeared in fifty-one games this season. The Dragons are the first team in the Central League to have to rookie pitchers on the roster with fifty or more appearances in their first year in the NPB since Kokutetsu in 1950 (Mototoshi Tahara with fifty-six and Akira Takahashi with fifty-two). Source: Sponichi 9/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 5 – Chunichi Dragons 5 (September 14, 2014)

by on Sep.14, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yakult Swallows vs Chunichi Dragons @ Nagoya Dome - 14:00
Starters: Ogawa, Yasuhiro (YAK) 8-5, 3.78 - Yamamoto, Masahiro (CHU) 1-0, 0.00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Yakult 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 1
Chunichi 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 13 0

Attendance: 30936 | Time: 4h39m | Yakult leads series, 12-11-1

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[9/14/2014] Injury Report: Ryota Imanari (Hanshin), Kazuhiro Wada (Chunichi)

by on Sep.14, 2014 @ 2:21 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Imanari hurt his right side while swinging the bat during his second at bat in the 4th inning of Friday's game against the Hiroshima Carp. He also ran into Takashi Toritani while chasing after a baseball in the 3rd. He was taken off the active roster on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 9/13/2014 ... Imanari suffered a strain in his right side and will require three to four weeks for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 9/13/2014
  • Ryosuke Ogata hurt his right knee during fielding practice before a Ni-gun intra-squad game at Naruohama on Friday. He was taken to the hospital for tests. Source: Daily Sports 9/13/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hitoki Iwase (left elbow) told reporters he was not going to pitch in another Ichi-gun game this season because there was no reason to rush a return and risk further injury. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2014Daily Sports 9/13/2014
  • Kazuhiro Wada (right thumb) will most likely miss the rest of the season. Source: Daily Sports 9/13/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuya Hasegawa sprained his right ankle during a game against Orix on the 3rd. He is still spending a lot of time as a pinch-hitter because his injury has not yet fully healed. Source: Sports Hochi 9/13/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes used Yoshio Itoi as a bat off the bench during Saturday's game against Nippon Ham out of concern for the left knee he hurt while playing defense on the 9th. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2014

[9/12/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.13, 2014 @ 1:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants finished a three-game sweep of the Hanshin Tigers on Thursday. It was their first sweep of the Tigers since August 27-29, 2013 at Tokyo Dome and their first sweep of the Tigers at Koshien Stadium since July 16-18, 1999. They also won their third consecutive season series against the Tigers, 13-11-0. They are now lifetime 999-777-67 against Hanshin (beginning on September 25, 1936). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2014, Sponichi 9/12/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yutaka Wada may be losing his way out of a job for the 2015 season. If the Tigers decide to go with someone else, possible managerial candidates could include: Akinobu Okada, Tomoaki Kanemoto, Akihiro Yano. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2014 ... According to Sanspo, the Tigers do not consider development coach Masayuki Kakefu a managerial candidate. Source: Sanspo 9/12/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Deunte Heath has not allowed a run over his last 22.1 innings of work. He next start will most likely come on five days of rest on the 17th against Yomiuri at Mazda Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 9/12/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Head coach Shigekazu Mori was issued a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine by the commissioner's office for his ejection (delay of game) from Thursday's game against the Hiroshima carp. Source: Sponichi 9/12/2014
  • The Dragons held an inauguration ceremony at Nagoya Dome on Friday for their new Chunichi Dragons Oendan. Thirty-six people have so far made the group. They could hold their first cheer activities during a Yomiuri game on the 23rd. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2014
  • The players group donated one million yen to Hiroshima landslide relief on Friday. They also donated the 501,184 yen they collected from fans on the 6th. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars would like Yulieski Gourriel to return next season, but are still not sure what will go into deciding where players go next season. The Yomiuri Giants may have the best chance at landing Gourriel or Alfredo Despaigne (Lotte) next year since they accepted Frederich Cepeda and agreed to a coach training program this year. Source: Daily Sports 9/12/2014

[9/12/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.12, 2014 @ 1:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Ibata started feeling discomfort in his left calf while playing defense in the 2nd inning of Thursday's game against the Hanshin Tigers. He was removed on defense in the 3rd as a precaution. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014
  • The Giants swept a three-game series against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien on Thursday for the first time since 1999. Source: Sponichi 9/11/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano picked up his tenth victory of the season on Wednesday and became the ninth pitcher in franchise history to record at least ten victories in their first two years in the NPB, first since Hirokazu Sawamura (11-11 in 2011 and 10-10 in 2012). The seven other pitchers in franchise history: Eiji Sawamura, Hiroshi Nakao, Hideo Fujimoto, Motoshi Fujita, Ritsuo Horimoto, Kunio Jonouchi, and Tsuneo Horiuchi. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014Sponichi 9/11/2014
  • The Giants have already reserved places to hold press conferences and celebrations in the event they clinch the Central League while on the road. Source: Sanspo 9/11/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Fans are getting restless. On Wednesday, one fan had to be escorted away by security guards because he threw a PET bottle onto the field after the game. Another was about to get into a fight with a Yomiuri fan in the outfield seats on the left field side and had to be stopped by a number of security guards. Source: Sanspo 9/11/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • With fifteen games left on the schedule, Hitoki Iwase no longer has a chance to pitch in fifty or more games this year. His streak of fifty or more appearances a season will come to an end at fifteen. The streak began in his first year in 1999. Source: Daily Sports 9/11/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani (September 9, 10) and Daisuke Yamashita (April 28, 29 in 1977) are the only players in franchise history to hit lead-off home runs in back-to-back games. Source: Sports Hochi 9/11/2014 ... Kajitani became the thirty-first player in NPB history to record lead-off home runs in back-to-back games. The NPB record of lead-off home runs in three consecutive games was set by Hiromi Matsunaga in 1993. Source: Sponichi 9/11/2014
  • The Bay Stars recorded shutout victories in consecutive games at Yokohama Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since May 8 and 9, 2009. The last time they recorded complete game shutout victories in consecutive games at Yokohama Stadium was on April 29 and 30, 1987. Source: Sports Hochi 9/11/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura will most likely get another start on the 16th against Hanshin at Jingu. Source: Sponichi 9/11/2014 ... Sugiura became the sixty-fifth pitcher in franchise history (sixth in franchise history) to give up a home run to the first batter he faced. Ryo Akiyoshi also gave up a home run to the first batter he faced on April 1. Sugiura and Akiyoshi became the fourth set of teammates to give up home runs to the first batters they faced in the same year. The other three sets: Eiji Shotsu and Sang-Hoon Lee with Chunichi in 1998; Giovanni Carrara and Kiyotaka Koishizawa with Seibu in 1998; and Chan Ho Park and Evan MacLane with Orix in 2011. Source: Sponichi 9/11/2014 ... Sugiura is the seventeenth pitcher in NPB history to give up a lead-off home run in their first career outing/start and the ninth rookie to give up a lead-off home run in their first outing/start in their first year. Source: Sanspo 9/11/2014
  • Ichi-gun hitting coach Mitsuru Manaka is rumored as a possible candidate to replace Junji Ogawa as manager in 2015. Source: Chunichi Sports 9/9/2014, ZakZak 9/11/2014