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[10/15/2013] Climax Series, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.16, 2013 @ 1:35 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

The Giants are closely monitoring Typhoon 26 to see if there might be any disruptions in transportation services.

Source: Sponichi 10/15/2013

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Tomoyuki Sugano could start Game 2.

Source: Sponichi 10/15/2013

Hanshin Tigers

TV ratings for the two First Stage Climax Series games (Kansai region):

Game 1 - 10.5%
Game 2 - 8.7%

Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2013

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Kenta Maeda will most likely start Game 2 of the Final Stage.  After that, he may head to the bullpen in case the team needs him to pitch in tight situations.  Otherwise, there is also a chance he comes back on three days of rest to start Game 6 (if needed).

Source: Sanspo 10/15/2013

Hiroshima Carp

TV ratings for the two First Stage Climax Series games (Hiroshima region):

Game 1 - average (14:00-17:00): 24.1%, high: 31.7%
Game 2 - average (14:00-17:00): 21.3%, average (17:00-17:30): 27.6%, high: 34.7%

Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Staff piled up sand bags in front of low entry areas at Kleenex Stadium on Tuesday ahead of the oncoming typhoon.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2013

Seibu Lions

Yasuyuki Kataoka collected three hits in both games of the First Stage of the Climax Series.  He is the fifth player to record back-to-back modashos during the Playoffs/Climax Series.

Source: Sanspo 10/15/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshihisa Naruse threw sixty-two pitches in the bullpen at Kleenex Stadium on Tuesday.  He will start Game 1 of the Final Stage of the Climax Series against Rakuten.

Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2013

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Katsuya Kakunaka is having problems with lower back pains.  He is taking pain killers to play.

Source: Sponichi 10/15/2013

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QVC Marine will be opened up to fans for the Final Stage of the Climax Series.  Admission will be free.  Additional information can be found at the official announcement link below.

Source: official announcement

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4,008 people showed up to watch Game 3 of the First Stage on the big screen at QVC Marine on Monday.

Source: Sponichi 10/15/2013

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Tadahito Iguchi hit home runs in Games 1 and 3 of the First Stage.  Iguchi recorded three home runs during the 2nd Stage of the Playoffs in 2004.  He joined joined Michihiro Ogasawara (Nippon Ham in 2004 and Yomiuri in 2008) and Kazuhiro Wada (Seibu in 2004 and Chunichi in 2009) as the only players in Playoff/Climax Series history to record two or more home runs in one stage of the playoffs with two different teams.

Source: Sanspo 10/16/2013

[10/14/2013] Climax Series: Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.14, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

Randy Williams set a new Playoff/Climax Series record by striking out five straight batters in today's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines.  The previous record of four was held by six pitchers, last matched by Yoshihisa Naruse in 2010.

Source: Sponichi 10/14/2013

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Yosuke Okamoto joined Tomoya Yagi (Game 2 of the Second Stage of the 2006 Playoffs) and Yoshihisa Naruse (Game 3 of the First Stage of the 2007 Climax Series) as the only pitchers to record a shutout in their first Playoff/Climax Series appearance.  He is the first to record his first career shutout during the post-season.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2013Sponichi 10/14/2013

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A number of other records were tied or broken on Sunday:

    • Twenty team hits in a game set a Playoff/Climax Series high and tied the postseason record.  The previous high of nineteen was set by Hankyu in 1977.  Yokohama recorded twenty hits in the 1998 Nippon Series.
    • Fifteen runs is second most for a Playoff/Climax Series game.  The record of eighteen was set by Hankyu in 1977.
    • Runs in five consecutive innings set a new Playoff/Climax Series record and tied the postseason record.  The previous record of four was set by Nankai in 1973 and Lotte in 2007.  Yakult scored run in five consecutive innings during the 2001 Nippon Series.
    • The Lions are the first team in Playoff/Climax Series history to give up double-digit runs in one game and then come back and score double-digit runs in the next game.  The Lions accomplish a similar feat during the 2004 Nippon Series.
    • Esteban German set a new Playoff/Climax Series record with four runs scored (ties postseason record).
    • Hideto Asamura tied the postseason record with four hits.

Source: Sponichi 10/14/2013Sponichi 10/14/2013Nikkan Sports 10/14/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines tied a Playoff/Climax Series high by hitting into four double plays on Sunday.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2013

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5,869 fans were at QVC Marine on Sunday to watch the game on the big screen.

Source: Chiba Nippo 10/14/2013

[10/14/2013] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Oct.14, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Takeru Imamura could be tapped to start Game 5 of the Final Stage after a solid Phoenix League outing on Sunday -- he did not put any runners on base over two innings of work and struck out four.  Tatsunori Hara did tell reporters he was thinking about having the lefty in the bullpen for Game 1 of the Final Stage.

Source: Sponichi 10/14/2013

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Yoshitomo Tani is one step closer to making the Climax Series roster as a right-handed bat off the bench -- he went 2-for-2 during a Phoenix League game against Softbank on Sunday.

Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2013, Sponichi 10/14/2013

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Yakult Swallow Yasuhiro Ogawa will be in the broadcast booth for Game 1 of the Final Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Sponichi 10/14/2013

Hanshin Tigers

On Sunday, Tsuyoshi Nishioka became the first Hanshin player to hit a lead-off home run in a post-season game since Yoshio Yoshida in Game 6 of the 1962 Nippon Series.  It was Nishioka's first lead-off home run since May 18 (vs Softbank).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2013

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Shinjiro Hiyama hit a two-run homer in a pinch-hit appearance on Sunday.  It was the eleventh pinch-hit home run in Playoff/Climax Series history (first since Hiroshima's Takahiro Iwamoto on Saturday) and first by a Hanshin player.

Nine players over forty have hit home runs during the postseason.  At forty-four years and three months, Hiyama is the oldest.  The previous record of forty-one years and six months was set by Katsumi Hirosawa in 2003.

Including the regular season, only five other players have hit home runs at an older age: Tomoaki Kanemoto (forty-four years and five months), Hiromitsu Ochiai, Hiromitsu Kadota, Katsuya Nomura (forty-five years and one month), and Yoshiyuki Iwamoto (forty-five years and five months)

Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2013

Hiroshima Carp

According to Sports Hochi, Hiroshima fielded a 330 million yen starting line-up versus Hanshin's 1.1 billion yen starting line-up on Sunday (does not include starting pitchers).

Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2013

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The Carp tied a Playoff/Climax Series high with five sac hits on Sunday.  Softbank recorded five sac hits during Game 5 of the Second Stage of the Playoffs in 2005 and Game 2 of the First Stage of the 2007 Climax Series.  Five sac hits is a new record for the CL.

Source: Sponichi 10/14/2013

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The Carp could go Kan Otake, Kenta MaedaBryan Bullington, and Yusuke Nomura for the first four games of the Final Stage.

Source: Sponichi 10/14/2013

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According to Tokyo Sports, Kenjiro Nomura has built a strong bond with the foreign players on the roster.  Some of them have taken to calling him Kenny.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/14/2013

[10/13/2013] Climax Series: Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.14, 2013 @ 3:36 am, under NPB
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The Central and Pacific Leagues combined for seven home runs in two Climax Series game on Saturday -- Lotte three, Seibu one, Hiroshima three.  That broke the previous high of six home runs hit in one day (Climax Series/Playoff), last set on October 23, 2008.

Source: Sanspo 10/13/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Shintaro Fujinami started Game 1 of the First Stage of the Climax Series on Saturday and became the first rookie drafted out of high school in NPB history to start the first game of a postseason series.

Fujinami was told he was going to pitch on Saturday four or five days before the start.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

Fujinami is one of seven rookie pitchers out of high school in NPB history that started eight postseason games.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda is just the third pitcher in playoff history to record multiple hits and a victory in his first appearance.  The other two: Hisashi Yamada (Game 2, 1973 Playoffs) and Wirfin Obispo (Game 2, 2009 Second Stage).

Maeda is also the third pitcher in franchise history to record a victory in his first post-season appearance.  The other two: Kazuhisa Kawaguchi (Game 3, 1984 Nippon Series) and Hiroshi Nagadomi (Game 3, 1986 Nippon Series).

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

Maeda developed a blister on his right middle finger during his start on Saturday.

Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2013

Maeda could start Game 2 of the Final Stage of the Climax Series on the 17th on four days of rest.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/13/2013

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About 7,700 people showed up at Mazda Stadium on Saturday to watch the first game of the First Stage of the Climax Series on the big screen.

Source: Chugoku Shimbun 10/13/2013

About 9,000 fans showed up for Sunday's game.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

The Carp will open the stadium up to fans again during the Final Stage of the Climax Series -- 15,000 per game, entry tickets will be handed out for free, additional information can be found at the announcement link below.

Source: official announcement

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The Hiroshima Carp Fair Climax Series is taking place at Sponichi Plaza Osaka (October 12-14).

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Hiroyuki Fukuyama was apparently let go by the Bay Stars last year after he refused a conversion to position player.  It now seems he has a good chance of making it the post-season roster because of his speed and potential as a pinch-runner.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

Seibu Lions

Ryo Sakata's intro song was Chage & Aska's YAH, YAH, YAH during the regular season.  The Lions decided to swap it out with Hound Dog's ff (fortissimo) after Aska's management company announced the singer was suspending his musical career due to distractions caused by a recent interview article published by Shukan Bunshun.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/13/2013

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The Lions sold out on all advance order ticket for Sunday's game.  A number of standing-room only tickets (and cancellations) were available.

Source: Sanspo 10/13/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yuji Nishino joined Tetsuya Yamguchi (Game 5, 2009 Nippon Series) and Hiroki Yamada (Game 5, 2011 Nippon Series) as the only pitchers selected in the Ikusei draft to record victories during the post-season.  Nishino is the first to notch a victory during the Climax Series.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

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Shohei Kato became the third rookie in playoff history to hit a home run in his first at bat.  The other two: Kei Nomoto in 2009 and Ikuhiro Kiyota in 2010.  He is the first rookie in NPB history to also hit a home run in his first regular season at bat.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

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3,254 fans watched the game on the big screen at QVC Marine on Saturday.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

[10/12/2013] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions

by on Oct.13, 2013 @ 1:10 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Toshiya Sugiuchi messed around with a knuckle ball while playing catch at Giants Stadium on Friday.

Sugiuchi was scratched from his last regular season start on the 8th (vs Yakult) with tightness in his neck.

Source: Sanpso 10/12/2013

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Phoenix League tune-up game against Orix on Saturday:

Sugiuchi got the start and did not allow any hits or runs over three innings of work.  [Daily Sports 10/12/2013] ... Dennis Houlton relieved Sugiuchi and tossed three shutout innings while allowing one hit.  [Daily Sports 10/12/2013] ... Sugiuchi (three innings), Houlton (three innings), Scott Mathieson (one inning), Tetsuya Yamaguchi (one inning), and Kentaro Nishimura (one inning) combined for a two-hit shutout. [Nikkan Sports 10/12/2013] ... Hayato Sakamoto hit a two-run homer in the 4th, his first long ball since August 24.  [Daily Sports 10/12/2013]

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka and Takahiro Norimoto will likely start the first two games of the Final Stage of the Climax Series.  Depending on how things go, they could also make appearances out of the bullpen later on during the series -- Tanaka beginning in Game 4 and Norimoto beginning in Game 5.

Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions sold out on First Stage advance order tickets on Friday.  A number of infield standing-room only tickets were available for Saturday's game.

Source: Sanspo 10/12/2013

[10/11/2013] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions

by on Oct.12, 2013 @ 3:43 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

The Giants arrived in Miyazaki on Friday.  About 200 fans greeted the team at the airport.  The Ichi-gun team is scheduled to play Phoenix League games on the 12th and 13th in preparation for the Final Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

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Toshiya Sugiuchi will start a Phoenix League game on Saturday.  He is slated to toss three innings.  Assuming he is fine, he could start Game 3 of the Final Stage of the Climax Series.

Dennis Houlton is also scheduled to pitch three innings on Saturday.  He could start Game 4.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

Hanshin Tigers

If the Tigers make it to the Final Stage, they could give the Game 2 start to Daiki Enokida.  He started a Phoenix League game against Rakuten on Thursday and tossed five shutout innings.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

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Yamato (right pinky) joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Friday.  He should be ok to play in the First Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

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Tsuyoshi NIshioka missed practices on Friday because of a fever.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

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Kazuhito Futagami, Kazuo Ito, and Ryoma Matsuda took turns tossing situational batting practice on Thursday as Ichi-gun players (both position players and pitchers) worked on advancing runners with bunts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

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The Tigers are planning to hand out bonuses depending on how players perform during the Climax Series.

Source: Sanspo 10/11/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Sohichiro Amaya joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Friday.  He went 4-for-6 with an RBI in two Phoenix League games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

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Ryosuke Kikuchi played in Thursday's practice game against Industrial League JFE Nishi Nihon and went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

Takeru Imamura tossed a shutout inning in relief and topped out at 147km/h.

Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2013, Sanspo 10/11/2013

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The Carp are planning to bat Ryuhei Matsuyama third, Kila Ka'aihue fourth, and Brad Eldred sixth.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

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The Carp are also planning to hand out bonuses for the Climax Series.  Not all teams hand out bonuses for Climax Series performances -- the Chunichi Dragons do not.  Bonuses are not allowed for the Nippon Series.

Source: Sanspo 10/11/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Pitchers had time to work on their pick-off moves during practices at Kleenex Stadium on Thursday.  The coaches checked to see if pitchers were tipping their moves and adjustments were made accordingly.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

Seibu Lions

Randy Williams (left forearm) should be ok for the First Stage of the Climax Series.  He will most likely take his place in the bullpen alongside Hideaki Wakui and Dennis Sarfate.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

[10/10/2013] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.11, 2013 @ 2:31 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Ichi-gun players are scheduled to play in two Phoenix League tune-up games, beginning on the 12th.

Source: Sanspo 10/10/2013

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Toshiya Sugiuchi threw sixty-six pitches in the bullpen at Giants Stadium on Thursday.  He is scheduled to start a Phoenix League game against Orix on the 12th.

Sugiuchi was scratched from his last regular season start on the 8th against Yakult because of conditioning issues.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2013

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Tatsunori Hara worked with Hayato Sakamoto on his hitting for about an hour during workouts on Wednesday.

Source: Sponichi 10/10/2013

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Hara is still looking for a right-handed bat off the bench.  Yoshitomo Tani is a possibility.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers had Randy Messenger, Atsushi Nomi, and Shintaro Fujinami do similar training routines when in front of the media on Wednesday -- they played catch at the same time, went to the bullpen at the same time, and did their running at the same time.

Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2013

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Fujinami plans to change the way he approaches his starts during the post-season -- instead of worrying about what comes next, he will pitch in the moment and go with everything he has.

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

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Workouts at Koshien lasted about three-and-a-half hours on Thursday.  A lot of time was spent on bunting and advancing runners.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2013

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp played a practice game against Industrial League JFE Nishi Nihon on Thursday.  Brad Eldred and Yoshiyuki Ishihara hit solo homers in the 2nd inning.  Eldred got the start in left and batted sixth.  He cranked out a second home run in the 6th.

Yusuke Nomura started the game and gave up two runs on seven hits over four innings of work.

The Carp were initially planning to send players to the Phoenix League but opted to hold workouts at Mazda Stadium because of poor weather conditions in Miyazaki.

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

After Thursday's practice game, Kenjiro Nomura apparently feels good about batting Eldred sixth.

Source: Sponichi 10/10/2013

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The Carp decided not to include Seiya Suzuki on their Climax Series roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2013

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The Carp could use Ko Shimozuru against left-handed pitchers.  He could stand in for someone like Brad Eldred when Atsushi Nomi gets a start -- Eldred is 1-for-18 with twelve strikeouts against Nomi over his career.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/10/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2013

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There are 11,578 Lawson stores around the world.  Only two are "red" Lawsons.  Both are located close to Mazda Stadium and have special partnerships with the Carp.

Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2013

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The Carp handed out all of the free First Stage Climax Series Mazda Stadium entry tickets on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Satoshi Nagai started a Phoenix League game on Wednesday and gave up one run over five innings of work.  He topped out at 142km/h and gave up four hits, including a two-out solo home run in the 1st.  He and Takashi Kawai are a candidates to start Game 5 of the Final Stage of the Climax Series.

The Eagles will likely go with a five-man rotation.  Masahiro Tanaka, Takahiro Norimoto, and Wataru Karashima will most likely take the first three spots.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/10/2013

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Since the entire team seems to do so well when Tanaka pitches, Senichi Hoshino jokingly told reporters everyone on the team should change their name to Tanaka.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2013

Seibu Lions

Yosuke Okamoto could get the Game 2 start during the First Stage of the Climax Series.  Takayuki Kishi will most likely start Game 1.  If it goes to three games, the Lions will likely turn to Kazuhisa Makita on five days of rest.

Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines held full-squad practices at QVC Marine Field on Thursday that included running, playing catch, infield exercises, and bunt workouts.

Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2013

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Ni-gun pitching coach Tadatsu Kotani joined up with the Ichi-gun team during workouts at QVC Marine on Thursday.  He is currently scheduled to remain with the Ichi-gun team as an adviser for some of the younger pitchers through to the end of the Climax Series.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2013

[10/9/2013] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.10, 2013 @ 3:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Toshiya Sugiuchi is scheduled to pitch in a Phoenix League game on the 12th.  The Giants will likely use the outing to determine how best to use him during the Climax Series.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

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Tetsuya Utsumi could start Game 1 of the Final Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Sanspo 10/9/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers have placed a ban on all media queries to starting pitchers after practices.  They have also taken precautions to make sure the media cannot see or hear what is being done in the bullpen -- they do not want to give anything away.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2013

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Atsushi Nomi turned down a chance to toss some situational batting practice in between his last regular season start on the 1st and his first Climax Series start on the 13th.  The decision reportedly had nothing to do with the cut he suffered on his finger during his last start on the 1st.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

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Since Hiroshima has three right-handed starters, the Tigers could counter by shifting Kosuke Fukudome to center and starting Ryota Imanari in right.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2013

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The Tigers started selling First Stage Climax Series tickets (three games) at 10:00am on Wednesday and were sold out after about two-and-a-half hours.

Source: Nikkan Sport 10/9/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Yuske Nomura is scheduled to start Thursday's practice game against Industrial League JFE Higashi Nihon.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

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According to Daily Sports, if the Carp decide not to go with Bryan Bullington as their Game 2 starter (something that most likely will not be decided until his last bullpen session before the start), they will have two options: either go with Kan Otake (currently slated to start Game 3) or spot start a reliever like Yuichi Hisamoto or Keisuke Imai.

Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2013

According to Nikkan Sports, Bullington has been feeling a little under the weather.  His lack of work (his last start was on September 25) and health may have contributed to his performance on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

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Takeru Imamura joined the Ichi-gun team on Tuesday.  He will most likely be used in middle relief during the First Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Nikkan Sport 10/9/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Twelve position players stayed back for extra workouts after Tuesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes.  They spent about thirty minutes fielding pop flies under the lights of the stadium.  The players and coaches wanted to check on night game conditions ahead of the Climax Series -- their last two regular season games are afternoon games.

Source: Sponichi 10/9/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions will begin selling Climax Series tickets on Thursday.  Additional details can be found at the official team site.  (Advance orders for fan club members took place today).

Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

Takuya Furuya worked out at QVC Marine on Wednesday.  He will most likely start Game 1 of the First First Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

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The Marines announced they will open QVC Marine Field to fans for the First Stage of the Climax Series.  Admission will be free.

Source: official announcementDaily Sports 10/9/2013