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[2/7/2014] 2014 Climax Series Preliminary Schedule

by on Feb.07, 2014 @ 8:27 pm, under NPB
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Central League

Date Match-ups
10/11 Sat Climax Series First Stage 1 (2nd - 3rd)
10/12 Sun Climax Series First Stage 2 (2nd - 3rd)
10/13 Mon Climax Series First Stage 3 (2nd - 3rd)
10/14 Tue Rain Date
10/15 Wed Climax Series Final Stage 1 (1st - CS First Stage Winner)
10/16 Thu Climax Series Final Stage 2 (1st - CS First Stage Winner)
10/17 Fri Climax Series Final Stage 3 (1st - CS First Stage Winner)
10/18 Sat Climax Series Final Stage 4 (1st - CS First Stage Winner)
10/19 Sun Climax Series Final Stage 5 (1st - CS First Stage Winner)
10/20 Mon Climax Series Final Stage 6 (1st - CS First Stage Winner)
10/21 Tue Rain Date
10/22 Wed Rain Date
10/23 Thu  
10/24 Fri  
10/25 Sat Nippon Series Game 1

Pacific League

Date Match-ups
10/11 Sat Climax Series First Stage 1 (2nd - 3rd)
10/12 Sun Climax Series First Stage 2 (2nd - 3rd)
10/13 Mon Climax Series First Stage 3 (2nd - 3rd)
10/14 Tue Rain Date
10/15 Wed Climax Series Final Stage 1 (1st - CS First Stage Winner)
10/16 Thu Climax Series Final Stage 2 (1st - CS First Stage Winner)
10/17 Fri Climax Series Final Stage 3 (1st - CS First Stage Winner)
10/18 Sat Climax Series Final Stage 4 (1st - CS First Stage Winner)
10/19 Sun Climax Series Final Stage 5 (1st - CS First Stage Winner)
10/20 Mon Climax Series Final Stage 6 (1st - CS First Stage Winner)
10/21 Tue Rain Date
10/22 Wed Rain Date
10/23 Thu  
10/24 Fri  
10/25 Sat Nippon Series Game 1

[10/22/2013] Climax Series/Nippon Series: Rakuten Eagles

by on Oct.23, 2013 @ 2:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara is not planning on making any major changes to the starting line-up for the Nippon Series.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The team had the day off on Tuesday.  That did not stop Masahiro Tanaka from showing up at Kleenex Stadium for some light workouts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2013

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The first three games of the Nippon Series could go Tanaka, Takahiro Norimoto, and Manabu Mima.  The Eagles could also push Norimoto back to Game 3 if they feel he needs a little more rest.  Wataru Karashima, Brandon Duckworth, and Jim Heuser are among the candidates to start Game 4.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2013

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At forty-three years and eight months, Takashi Saito joined Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (forty years and five months during the 2008 Climax Series) and Tadashi Wakabayashi (forty-two years and eight months during the 1950 Nippon Series) as the only players over forty to pitch in the postseason.  Saito is the oldest of the three.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013, Sanspo 10/22/2013, Sponichi 10/22/2013

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Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee each hit home runs on Monday.  They were the tenth pair of foreign players to hit home runs in the same game during the postseason, first since Seung-Yeop Lee and Alex Ramirez during the 2008 Climax Series.

Source: Sponichi 10/22/2013

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The Eagles did not celebrate their victory on Monday with a champagne/beer fight.  Instead, staff and players wore t-shirts with the words "1st time champions" on the front and held a toast (fifty bottles of champagne were prepared).

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013, Sponichi 10/22/2013

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Kenny Ray took a line drive off his right cheekbone during a game against Lotte on September 11 and suffered a fracture.  The black face guard he wore on Monday was there to protect the cheekbone.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013

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TV Ratings for Game 4:

Sendai region: 18.5%
Kanto region: 8.8%

Source: Sponichi 10/22/2013

[10/21/2013] Climax Series/Nippon Series: Yomiuri Giants, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.22, 2013 @ 2:12 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

The Giants resumed practices for the Nippon Series on Monday after two days off.

Source: Sanspo 10/21/2013

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Tatsunori Hara took a batted ball of his right forearm while tossing baseballs to Hayato Sakamoto during batting practice on Monday.

Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2013

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Takayuki Terauchi could get the start at second and bat second during the Nippon Series.

Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2013

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While the Giants are happy about sweeping the Final Stage of the Climax Series, they are also worried about some of their pitchers that did not get a chance to pitch, particularly Takahiro Aoki, Yuki Koyama, and Nobutaka Imamura.  The three pitchers last took the mound on October 13.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2013

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TV ratings for Game 3:

Hiroshima region: average - 22.9%
Kanto region: average - 10.7%

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka and Takahiro Norimoto are in line to start the first two games of the Nippon Series.

Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2013

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The bad weather in Sendai is making it difficult for the Eagles to proceed with renovations to add additional seats at Kleenex Stadium.

Tickets to Sunday's rained out game were sold out.  Since tickets cannot be exchanged for tonight's game, fans will have one of two options: trade them in for tickets to a possible Game 6 on the 23rd, or get a refund.

Source: ZakZak 10/21/2013

The Eagles announced on Monday morning that they sold out on tickets for Game 4.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2013

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A number of stores in Sendai are planning to hold championship sales.  Some stores were hoping for the decision to come on Sunday, during an afternoon game, since it would allow them to start sales on the same day (immediately after the victory), but with the rest of the games set to take place during the evening, stores will not be able to begin their sales until the following day.

Source: Sanspo 10/21/2013

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Ichiro Numazaki, a professor at Tohoku University, was given a stern warning by university officials over a number of tweets he posted about the Chiba Lotte Marines that crossed the line.  He has since apologized and said that he made the posts while he was drunk.

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2013

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TV Ratings:

Game 2 - Sendai region: between 6:30pm and 7:00pm - average: 12.8%; between 7:00pm and 8:54pm - average: 19.0%
Game 3 - Sendai region: between 1:50pm and 4:00pm - average: 14.9%; between 4:00pm and 5:25pm - average: 23.6%

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Game 4 starter Yuki Karakawa was slated to start Game 5 of the Final Stage.  The original Game 4 starter, Takahiro Matsunaga, was shifted to he bullpen.  He ended up relieving Karakawa in the 2nd inning.

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2013

Yoshihisa Naruse and Seth Greisinger were set to start Games 5 and 6.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2013

[10/21/2013] Rakuten Eagles advance to Nippon Series with 8-5 victory over Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.21, 2013 @ 9:47 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles beat the Chiba Lotte Marines tonight, 8-5.  They will advance to the Nippon Series and take on the Yomiuri Giants.

Andruw Jones blasted a two-run homer in the 4th to give the Eagles a 5-4 lead.  Casey McGehee drilled a solo shot in the 7th that broke a 5-5 tie.  Takahiro Norimoto retired the side in order in the 8th and Masahiro Tanaka put runners on first and second before getting Tadahito Iguchi to ground out to third.

Senichi Hoshino was tossed into the air seven times.

[10/20/2013] Climax Series/Nippon Series: Yomiuri Giants, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.21, 2013 @ 2:51 am, under NPB
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Game 4 of the PL Final Stage was rained out on Sunday and pushed back to Monday.  If there is another rain out, a double-header might be required on the 23rd if the series goes six games.  If two or more games get rained out, then the team with the most amount of wins after the 23rd will advance (if the series is tied, the team with the high regular season winning percentage advances).

Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2013

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi could start Game 1 of the Nippon Series.

Source: Sponichi 10/20/2013

Tomoyuki Sugano could also be an option for Game 1.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/20/2013

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The Giants will take a look at all their players (Ichi-gun and Ni-gun) when filling out their forty-man roster for the Nippon Series.  Of the forty players on the roster, twenty-five will be allowed to suit up for games.

Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2013

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The Giants have ordered gloves, neck warmers, and leg warmers in preparation for games at outdoor stadiums.  The coaches are preparing heat cream for players and the team is planning to purchase about 100 disposable heat packs (kairo).

Source: Sanspo 10/20/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Wataru Karashima was slated to start Sunday's game.  The game was called due to rain and his start was pushed back to Monday.  He threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen after the game was officially canceled.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2013

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Standing at 169 centimeters, Manabu Mima became the shortest pitcher in postseason history to record a shutout.  The previous record of 170 centimeters was set by Hideo Fujimoto during the 1951 and 1952 Nippon Series.  He is the third shortest active player in the NPB, behind Keisuke Tanimoto's 166 centimeters and Masanori Ishikawa's 167 centimeters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines set a Climax Series record (season) by getting shutout for the third time this year.  The previous record of two was set by Hanshin in 2008, Yomiuri in 2010, and Softbank in 2012.  They also set a new Climax Series record (overall) for getting shutout seven times.  Softbank held the previous record of six.

Source: Sponichi 10/20/2013

[10/19/2013] Climax Series/Nippon Series: Yomiuri Giants, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.20, 2013 @ 7:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara has guided to the Giants to five Nippon Series: 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013.

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Over three Climax Series games, the pitching staff allowed three runs and scored nine runs.  That set lows in both categories since the start of the six-game-plus-one format in 2008.  The previous lows were set by Nippon Ham last year - ten runs scored, four runs allowed, three games.

Source: Sponichi 10/19/2013

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Toshiya Sugiuchi retired the side on three pitches for the first time durig Playoff/Climax Series history.

Source: Sponichi 10/19/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Hiroaki Shimauchi (left shoulder) joined the Ni-gun team in Miyazaki on Friday.  If he is feeling fine, he should get to play in some rehab Phoenix League games.  Assuming no setbacks, he might be ok to play during the Nippon Series, if the Eagles make it that far.

Source: Sponichi 10/19/2013

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Takahiro Norimoto joined Tomoyuki Sugano as the only rookie pitchers to record double-digit strikeouts during a Playoff/Climax Series game.

Source: Sponichi 10/19/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Craig Brazell became the second player in Playoff/Climax Series history behind Kazuya Fukuura (2010) to hit a decisive home run in extra innings.  Brazell is the first foreign player to record a home run with teams in either league during the Playoffs/Climax Series (Hanshin and Lotte).  Four Japanese players have achieved the feat: Kazuhiro Wada (Seibu and Chunichi), Michihiro Ogasawara (Nippon Ham and Yomiuri), Saburo (Lotte and Yomiuri), and Nishioka (Lotte and Hanshin).

Source: Sponichi 10/19/2013

[10/18/2013] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Rakuten Eagles

by on Oct.19, 2013 @ 12:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Of the 109 pitches Tomoyuki Sugano threw on Thursday, twenty were forkballs.  During the season, he may have thrown, at most, about three in a game.

Before the start of the Climax Series, the Giants managed to get a hold of Sugano footage taken from an umpire-cam.  Upon reviewing the video, they found that the rookie was not properly following through on some of his pitches.

Sugano is the third rookie in postseason history to record a shutout in his first outing.  The other two: Hisanori Takahashi in Game 5 of the 2000 Nippon Series and Tomoya Yagi in the Game 2 of the Second Stage of the 2006 Playoffs.  He is the first right-handed rookie in franchise history to record a victory in the postseason.

Source: Sponichi 10/8/2013

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TV ratings for Game 2:

Hiroshima region: average - 20.6%, peak - 27.1%.
Kanto region: average - 9.0%

Source: Sponichi 10/18/2013

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp may have been planning to save Kenta Maeda for a possible Game 6 start.  There were some concerns about his workload -- he struggled with various arm/shoulder problems this year -- and the blister he developed on his right middle finger during his last start may have given him some problems during Thursday's Game 2 start (there are some that believe this may have been a sign that he was working too hard, since he is normally not the type of develop blisters).

Source: Sports Hochi 10/18/2013, Daily Sports 10/18/2013, Sponichi 10/18/2013, Tokyo Sports 10/18/2013

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The Carp were caught off-guard by Tomoyuki Sugano's forkball on Thursday.

"We knew about his fork, but he did not throw it during the season.  We could not adjust to that pitch," batting coach Koichi Ogata said.

Kenjiro Nomura held an emergency meeting with the pitching coaches after Thurday's loss to discuss how pitchers should be used over the remaining series.

Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2013

Rakuten Eagles

TV ratings for Game 1:

Sendai region: 27.3%

Source: Sponichi 10/18/2013

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Depending on win-loss totals for the series, Masahiro Tanaka could find himself pitching out of the bullpen.

Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2013

Tanaka has won all three of his Climax Series starts.  He joined Yu Darvish (five starts, five wins) and Kenshin Kawakami as the only pitchers in Playoff/Climax Series history to start and win their first three games.  He is the first to record three consecutive complete game victories.  Two other pitchers have recorded three or more consecutive complete game victories in the past, but they were accomplished during the Nippon Series -- Hideo Fujimoto in the 1951 and 1952 Nippon Series and Takashi Nishimoto in the 1981 and 1983 Nippon Series (four in a row).

Tanaka is 1-for-12 lifetime with runners in scoring position during the Climax Series.  He has allowed just three runs over three complete games -- error, solo home run, sac fly.

Source: Sponichi 10/18/2013

[10/18/2013] Yomiuri Giants sweep Hiroshima Carp, will advance to Nippon Series

by on Oct.19, 2013 @ 12:29 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants swept the Hiroshima Carp three games to none and will advance to the Nippon Series for the second year in a row.  Hiroshima took the early lead in two of the three games, but failed to hold on to any of them in losing three straight to the Giants.

Tatsunori Hara was tossed into the air ten times before the entire team took their walk around the field.  Tomoyuki Sugano was selected Climax Series MVP.

The media learned that Hara was formally offered an extension by team owner Kojiro Shiraishi after the game and accepted.  Terms will be decided at a later date

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2013