Welcome to Yakyubaka.com

Tag: Hanshin Tigers

[4/24/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB
Tags: , ,

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai recorded the second pinch-hit home run of his career on Wednesday.  His first came on May 19, 2012 against Rakuten.  It was the first pinch-hit home run for the Tigers during the regular season since Tomoaki Kanemoto hit one against Yakult on September 26, 2012. Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014
  • Randy Messenger is 5-7 with a 3.20 ERA in fourteen career appearances against Chunichi, including 1-5 with a 4.17 ERA in seven games at Nagoya Dome. Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami's next start will most likely come on the 29th against Hiroshima at Koshien. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014 ... Fujinami tosses bullpen sessions on the day before his starts.  Messenger told reporters he thought the youngster might be hitting a wall when he nears 100 pitches during his starts because he is throwing too hard during the sessions. Source: Tokyo Sports 4/24/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp moved nine games above .500 on Wednesday for the first time since they were 21-12-0 on May 16, 1998.  The last time they were up at least nine games before the end of April was on April 30, 1989 (15-3-0).  They have won seven of the eight series they have played so far, a first since 1989. Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto started a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Koshien on Thursday.  He pitched six shutout innings while allowing four hits. Source: Sanspo 4/24/2014

[4/23/2014] Injury Report: Kila Ka’aihue (Hiroshima), Takeya Nakamura (Seibu)

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 12:58 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Hanshin Tigers

  • 5th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto has tightness in his back. Source: Sanspo 4/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kila Ka'aihue was taken off the active roster on Wednesday with a spinal concussion (he took an HBP off his back on Tuesday).  The injury does not appear to be serious, but will also take more than three or four days.  Rainel Rosario was called up to take Ka'aihue spot on the roster. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014, Daily Sports 4/23/2014 ... The numbness Ka'aihue first had in his leg is now gone.  He still has pain in spine.  He also feels pain when he twists his back. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (back tightness) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yakult on Wednesday.  He got the start at first and batted clean-up.  He homered in his second straight game and went 1-for-2 with two walks.  He could be activated in time for the start of a Softbank series that begins on the 25th at YafuOku Dome. Source: Sports Hochi 4/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh may have hurt his right shoulder while trying to evade a tag at first base after hitting a grounder in the 5th inning of Tuesday's game against Softbank.  He was removed from the game on defense in the 6th. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014 ... Yoh was not in the starting line-up on Wednesday because of pain in the shoulder.  He did make an appearance as a pinch-hitter. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

[4/23/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 12:55 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , ,

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano tossed the second complete game victory of his career on Tuesday against Yokohama.  His first complete game victory came on June 15, 2013 against Softbank.  Sugano set a career high by throwing 142 pitches.  The last Yomiuri pitcher to throw 140 or more pitches in a game was Tetsuya Utsumi with 147 on October 12, 2011 against Hanshin. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014 ... Sugano could become the first pitcher in franchise history to record victories against all five Central League teams before the end of April.  He has victories against Hanshin, Chunichi, Hiroshima and Yokohama.  His next start could come against Yakult on the 29th. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014 ... Sugano is the first Yomiuri pitcher to get the opening day start and win his first four starts since Utsumi in 2010 (first right-handed Yomiuri pitcher since Koji Uehara in 2001).  He is 3-0 in three starts at rural stadiums: May 11, 2013 vs Yokohama at Niigata (5-4); July 9, 2013 vs Yakult at Yamagata (6-3); April 22, 2014 vs Yokohama at Miyazaki (4-1). Source: Sanspo 4/23/2014
  • Leslie Anderson blasted his first NPB grand slam on Tuesday.  He joined Roy White (April 26, 1980), Shane Mack (April 11, 1995), and Mariano Duncan (April 8, 1998) as the only foreign players in franchise history to hit a grand slam before the end of April during their first year in the NPB.  Teammate Jose Lopez hit a grand slam on March 30.  They are the fourth pair of foreign players in franchise history to hit grand slams in the same season.  The other three: Balvino Galvez and Domingo Martinez in 1999; Alex Ramirez and Edgar Gonzalez in 2010; and John Bowker and Lopez in 2013.  Anderson and Lopez are the first to accomplish the feat before the end of April. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014
  • Fifteen-year-old golfer Minami Katsu, her father, and her grandfather were at Wednesday's game in Kagoshima.  They had a chance to meet Tatsunori Hara before the start of the game. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami met Chunichi's Ryosuke Hirata during pre-game practice on Wednesday.  Fujinami hit Hirata with a pitch on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014
  • The NPB record for reaching base in consecutive games from the start of the season is forty, set by Steve Ontiveros (Seibu) in 1983.  The Central League record of thirty-five games was set by Tomoaki Kanemoto (Hiroshima) in 1997. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenjiro Nomura was ejected from Tuesday's game against Yakult for a delay of game when arguing an out call at second base in the 6th inning (auto ejection if arguments run over five minutes).  The commissioner's office issued a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014, Daily Sports 4/23/2014 ... Nomura's past ejections -- As a player: September 4, 1996 as a player against Hanshin. As a manager: August 31, 2010 against Chunichi; June 26, 2011 against Chunichi; August 31, 2012 against Hanshin; and April 22, 2014 against Yakult. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ikusei Leandro Mella got the chance to work out with the Ichi-gun team at Nagoya Dome on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Chris Narveson's next start could come on the 27th against Chunichi at Jingu on four days of rest. Source: Sponichi 4/32/2014

[4/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.23, 2014 @ 1:21 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , ,

Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake's next start could come on the 27th against his former teammates.  Depending on how things work out, the opposing pitcher on the mound might be Kenta Maeda. Source: Daily Sports 4/22/2014 ... Assuming Otake pitches on the 27th, working backwards, Tetsuya Utsumi will get the start on the 26th and Toshiya Sugiuchi on the 25th.  This will allow the Giants to split two lefty starters with a righty during the Hiroshima series (25th-27th). Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome has been struggling.  He spent the last four days (beginning on the 18th) doing extra workouts and taking extra batting practice. Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014, Sponichi 4/22/2014
  • Through Monday, the Tigers are 66-132-5 in 203 games at Nagoya Dome.  They have winning records in four seasons: 2005 (6-5), 2007 (7-5), 2008 (7-4-1), 2013 (6-5). Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014 ... They won their game at Nagoya Dome on Tuesday.
  • Sanspo is carrying an interview with Mauro Gomez.  I don't have the time to translate it, but for those interested, here are direct links to the interview: one, two. ... Gomez set a new franchise record for first-year foreign players on Tuesday: he reached base in his twenty-second consecutive game since the start of the season. Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014
  • Fifteen-year-old golfer Minami Katsu made headlines by becoming the youngest winner in Japan LPGA history.  She is also a Hanshin fan and the Tigers would love to have her as a guest. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons currently have five pitchers in the rotation.  They might switch to starting pitchers on five days of rest this week. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • With Jorge Sosa out, 4th round draft pick Tomoya Mikami could get a look as the closer. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014 ... For now, Shun Yamaguchi will most likely step in as closer.  Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014
  • Pitchers Hitoshi Fujie, Atori Ota, and Kenjiro Tanaka joined the Ichi-gun team on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Former Swallow Yataro Sakamoto will continue his career with the Shinba Baseball Club.  He will be a pitcher/coach. Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014

[4/22/2014] Hanshin Tigers to provide Kansai Women’s Baseball League with support

by on Apr.22, 2014 @ 1:42 pm, under Women's Baseball
Tags: , ,

The Kansai Women's Baseball League (KWBBL) is scheduled for expansion this season, from eight organizations with ten teams to eleven organizations with fifteen teams.  They will also be getting support from the Hanshin Tigers, which includes permission to use team mascot Lucky in their new name, the Lucky League.

The KWBBL is hoping to increase visibility with the support they receive from the Tigers.  Future tie-ups could include a championship series against the Venus League (Kanto region women's baseball league with backing from the Yomiuri Giants), games at Naruohama Stadium, and a Hanshin awards ceremony.

Source: Daily Sports 4/22/2014

[4/21/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.21, 2014 @ 11:32 pm, under NPB
Tags: , , , ,

Yomiuri Giants

  • Chris Seddon is slated to start a game against Yokohama on the 23rd at Kagoshima. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroaki Saiuchi could start an Ichi-gun game on the 27th against Yokohama at Yokohama.  Daiki Enokida's next start will come at Ni-gun on the 24th against Chunichi at Koshien.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014
  • 4th round draft pick Ryutaro Umeno made the starting line-up on Sunday.  He is the first rookie catcher in franchise history to make the starting line-up since Ryo Asai in 2002.  He is the first rookie catcher in franchise history to make the starting line-up before the end of April since Koichi Tabuchi in 1969. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014
  • When Cecil Fielder reached based in twenty-one consecutive games in 1989, he went 24-for-71 with five home runs and sixteen RBI.  He also walked seventeen times and went hitless in five games. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • 1st round draft pick Daichi Osera is scheduled to start a game on the 24th against Yakult at Jingu on seven days of rest. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014
  • Takeru Imamura and Keita Nishihara were taken off the active roster on Monday.  They will be replaced by Ryuji Yokoyama and Jumpei Ono. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2014
  • According to Tokyo Sports, some MLB teams might be looking at Kenta Maeda's elbow problems this season as a good thing (so long as they are nt major problems) since it might keep his price down if he gets posted this winter. Source: Tokyo Sports 4/21/2014 ... Maeda could make his next start on the 27th against Yomiuri. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Jorge Sosa was taken off the active roster on Monday because of tightness in his left leg. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien became the first player in the NPB to hit ten home runs on Sunday.  He was also first in 2011 and 2012.  The last player to reach ten home runs before the rest of the NPB three or more times over their career was Ralph Bryant (1991-1993).  The last Central League player was Sadaharu Oh (1963, 1965-67, 1976).  Balentien also set a new franchise record by blasting his tenth home run in his nineteenth game.  The previous record of twenty-one games was set by Larry Parrish in 1989. Source: Sanspo 4/21/2014