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[9/19/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.20, 2014 @ 3:53 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami picked up his tenth victory of the year on Friday and became the first player out of high school to record at least ten victories in each of his first two seasons in the NPB since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999 (sixteen victories) and 2000 (fourteen victories). The last pitcher to accomplish the feat in the Central League (and in franchise history) was Yutaka Enatsu in 1967 (twelve victories) and 1968 (twenty-five victories). Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014, Sponichi 9/19/2014 ... Fujinami recorded his sixth RBI of the season on Friday and became the first Japanese pitcher in franchise history to record six RBI in one season since Tetsuro Kawajiri in 1996. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer Atsushi Nomi a multi-year contract. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014
  • CS channel Sky A is planning to provide live coverage of fall camp this year. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

  • Tsubasa Aizawa (right hamstring) is hoping to make it back to the active roster in time for the Climax Series. He told reporters he no longer felt any pain and was able to swing the bat with full force. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda is slated to make three more starts during the regular season: against Yokohama on the 21st, against Yakult on the 28th, and against Yomiuri on October 5. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto could get another start on the 23rd against Yomiuri at Nagoya Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014
  • Thirty-nine-year-old pitcher Kenshin Kawakami will consider retirement if the Dragons decide to let him go. He enjoys the game, but "does not want to cling just to play." Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2014
  • The Dragons are planning to invite Masahiro Doi to their fall camp as a special instructor. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014
  • Takuya Asao may not pitch in another game this season (his last game was against Ni-gun Hiroshima on August 24). He could attend the Phoenix League. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014
  • Kazuhiro Wada (right wrist), Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow), Tatsuro Hamada (left ebow), and Hitoki Iwase will most likely miss the rest of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shugo Fujii believes he still has enough left in the tank to continue playing. He plans to attend the twelve-team tryouts if the Bay Stars decide to let him go. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles) could return to the United States as early as the 22nd, if he can get enough plate appearances to qualify for hitting titles during the Yomiuri series that begins on the 19th. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014

[9/18/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Sep.19, 2014 @ 2:57 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura was pulled after giving up four runs in an inning of work on Wednesday. Since he threw only thirty-two pitches, his next start is scheduled to come on three days of rest on the 21st against Yakult at Tokyo Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014, Sponichi 9/18/2014
  • The Giants have recorded nine pinch-hit home runs this season: Federich Cepeda (three), Yoshinobu Takahashi (two), Jose Lopez (one), Fuminori Yokogawa (one), and Taishi Ota (one). They are two pinch-hit home runs from tying the franchise high of eleven, set in 1984 and 2003. Ota notched the first pinch-hit home run of his career on Wednesday. He was 1-for-15 with one RBI, six strikeouts, and two walks in prior pinch-hit opportunities. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014
  • Tetsuya Matsumoto (right hand) is scheduled to suit up for Friday's Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Hiratsuka. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014
  • The Ni-gun Giants are in the middle of a thirteen-game losing streak (0-13-2). They are one loss away from tying the Eastern League record, set by Sankei in 1965. The players were supposed to get the day off on Thursday, but were instead required to run for about two hours (excluding foreign players and injured players). Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Team president Nobuo Minami, director Eiichi Takano, and general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura met on Wednesday to discuss plans for the 2015 season. The meeting lasted about two hours and likely covered things like draft prospects and free agents. A decision on Yutaka Wada will most likely come after the Climax Series. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014 ... Senior manager director Keiichi Yotsufuji also attended the meeting on Wednesday. Their top priority during the off-season might be Chihiro Kaneko (if he decides to exercise his FA option). Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014
  • Ryota Arai (lower back) workouts at Naruohama on Wednesday included running and playing catch. The Tigers are hoping he will be ready for the Climax Series. Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda's next start will most likely come on five days of rest on the 21st against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are interested in exploring the free agent market during the off-season. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014 ... Chihiro Kaneko and Hiroyuki Nakajima are potential targets of interest. Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura could get another start during the Hiroshima series that begins on the 23rd at Jingu. Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

[9/17/2014] Injury Report: Dai-Kang Yoh, Kensuke Kondo (Nippon Ham)

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 5:22 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryosuke Ogata had surgery to clean out his right knee on Tuesday. Ogata twisted his knee while playing defense in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on the 12th. He will begin his rehab at the Naruohama facilities after he gets the green light. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh fouled a ball off the top of his left foot during his at bat in the 1st inning of Wednesday's game against the Seibu Lions. He was removed from the game after he finished out the at bat with a home run. He was examined at a hospital in Saitama and diagnosed with a bruise. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014
  • Kensuke Kondo took a batted ball off his right calf during pre-game fielding practice on Tuesday. He was examined at a hospital on Wednesday and taken off the active roster with a contusion on his gastrocnemius muscle. He will get two to three days of rest before beginning his rehab at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014

[9/17/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 5:08 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano recorded thirteen victories last year in his first year and his eleventh victory of the season on Tuesday. He became the seventh pitcher in franchise history to record eleven or more victories in his first two years in the NPB, first since Tsuneo Horiuchi in 1966 (sixteen victories) and 1967 (twelve victories). Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded his sixteenth modasho of the year on Wednesday. He tied Yoshio Yoshida for fourth on the franchise's all-time list with 114 career modashos. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014
  • Mauro Gomez tied Craig Brazell's 2010 franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 153 on Tuesday. The Central League record of 173 was set by Akinori Iwamura in 2004. The NPB record of 204 was set by Ralph Bryant in 1993. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014 ... Gomez set a new franchise record with two more strikeouts on Wednesday.
  • If Yutaka Wada returns in 2015, he may have to agree to some changes in the coaching staff, like head coach and Ni-gun manager. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014
  • Former athlete Nobuharu Asahara spent time giving some of the younger players at Naruohama tips on mental toughness, body usage, and running on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014
  • The Tigers are interested in adding Chihiro Kaneko to their rotation and could offer him a four-year deal in the two billion yen range if he exercises his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred set a new franchise record on Tuesday with his 151st strikeout of the season. The previous record of 150 was set by Shota Dobayashi in 2012. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hitoki Iwase's streak of consecutive seasons with at least thirty saves officially ended at nine years on Wednesday. Iwase has twenty saves this season and the Dragons now have nine games left to play. The veteran has been at Ni-gun since August 9 because of tightness in his left elbow. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tomoko Namba, DeNA founder, former CEO, and current member of the board, is expected to become the Bay Stars' next owner. If she does, she will become the first female owner in NPB history. Current owner Makoto Haruta is planning to step down from his post at the end of the season.

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada recorded his sixth lead-off home run of the year on Tuesday and tied Takao Sato's six in 1955 for second on the franchise's all-time list for lead-off home runs in one season. Dave Hilton set the franchise record of eight in 1978. Source: Sanspo 9/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014

[9/16/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants suffered their second shutout loss in a row on Monday. The last time they recorded two or more consecutive shutout losses was in 2012 (three straight games, April 5-7). Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Katsuhiko Kumon's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 3,000 grams, on the 13th at a hospital in Hyogo. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Team president Nobuo Minami told reporters on Tuesday that they were planning to offer Yutaka Wada a contract for the 2015 season because "managers were not something that should be changed easily." He also added that the team had to perform within reasonable expectations. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014
  • Takashi Toritani's personal record for most trips to the plate without a hit was twenty-four, set between September 5, 2012 and September 11, 2012. He avoided tying his record by two with a single to center during his third trip to the plate in the 7th inning of Monday's game against the Yakult Swallows. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Araki became the seventeenth player in NPB history to reach 350 stolen bases on Tuesday. Araki and Morimichi Takagi (369) are the only players in franchise history with 350 or more stolen bases. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014 ... Araki also became just the third player in NPB history with at least 250 sac hits and 350 or more stolen bases. Source: Sanspo 9/16/2014
  • The Dragons dropped their fifth straight against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Monday. It was their first five-game losing streak against Yokohama since 1998. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani blasted his third lead-off home run of the month on Monday (September 9, 10, and 15) and became the first player in franchise history to hit three lead-off home runs in one month since Shozo Shigematsu in June 1964. Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2014, Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Tony Blanco hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run on Monday against the Chunichi Dragons. It was the eighth pinch-hit walk-off home run in franchise history, first since Masakuni Odajima on July 18, 2003. It was also the fourth pinch-hit walk-off home run by a foreign player in Central League history. The other three: Hal Breeden on September 14, 1977; Glenn Davis on May 1, 1996; and Mark Johnson on July 8, 1999. Monday's game was the seventeenth in Central League history where a team began with a lead-off home run and ended with a walk-off home run, first since Yomiuri on July 30. It was the fourth time the Bay Stars accomplished the feat in franchise history. The other three times: against Hiroshima on April 8, 1961; against Hiroshima on April 22, 2007; and against Seibu on June 21, 2008. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014 ... Blanco recorded the third walk-off home run and second pinch-hit home run of his career on Monday. Source: Sanspo 9/16/2014
  • The front office is fairly happy with the team's performance under Kiyoshi Nakahata so far this season. They have not set any hard goals for an extension for Nakahata and will wait a little longer to see how things turn out before discussing 2015. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Norihiro Nakamura wants to play for a team that needs him and is thinking about exercising his FA option. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014 ... Yokohama GM Shigeru Takada is planning to meet Nakamura to discuss plans for 2015. Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2014, Sports Hochi 9/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows could name Ichi-gun hitting coach Mitsuru Manaka their new manager as early as the 18th. Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2014
  • If Wladimir Balentien needs surgery to treat his left Achilles, he will most likely require five to six months for a full recovery. He will be going to North Carolina for his tests. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014

[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