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[9/2/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.03, 2014 @ 2:04 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger finished out his start on Tuesday against the Yokohama Bay Stars with 201 strikeouts on the season and set a new franchise high. The previous high of 200 was set by Gene Bacque in 1964. The last pitcher in the Central League to record at least 200 strikeouts in a season was Kei Igawa with 228 in 2004. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014, Sanspo 9/2/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi's next two starts could come against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome on the 5th and Yomiuri at Koshien on the 11th.  He could also get a start against Yakult at Jingu on the 17th. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014, Daily Sports 9/2/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami's next start could come on the 6th against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome. His next start after that could come during a three-game series against Hiroshima that begins on the 12th at Koshien. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014
  • Suguru Iwazaki could get a start on Thursday against Yokohama at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 9/2/2014
  • The Tigers could make Masayuki Kakefu an Ichi-gun coach next year. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014, Sanspo 9/2/2014
  • International games: The Tigers will most likely allow Fujinami to participate in the Japan-US All-Star game in November, if he makes the team. Ryutaro Umeno could make the IBAF 21U World Cup roster (over-age slot). Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2014
  • International FA: The Kansas City Royals have been checking on Takashi Toritani. Their scouts have been spotted at a number of Hanshin games this season. Source: Sponichi 9/2/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Rainel Rosario became the sixty-third player in NPB history, thirty-first in Central League history, to hit for the cycle, first since Michihiro Ogasawara on September 3, 2008. He is the sixth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle, first since Tomoaki Kanemoto in 1999. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014Daily Sports 9/2/2014, Sponichi 9/2/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 2nd: Yusuke Nomura, Kenta Maeda, Yuya Fukui. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014, Daily Sports 9/2/2014
  • Maeda could get two more starts against the Giants: on September 15 at Mazda Stadium and on October 5 at Mazda Stadium. Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars agreed to allow Kuan-Yu Chen to participate in the 17th Asian Games (September 21-28).  Chen will be representing Chinese Taipei. Source: official announcement
  • Daisuke Miura's next start will most likely come on the 4th against Hanshin at Koshien. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014
  • The Bay Stars would like to see Yulieski Gourriel return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014 ... DeNA might be willing to go as high as 350 million yen plus incentives for Gourriel. Source: Sponichi 9/2/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are thinking about giving Toshihiro Sugiura a start at Ichi-gun, possibly during a nine-game stretch that begins on the 9th. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014
  • Chris Narveson is interested in returning to Yakult next year. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars 3 – Hanshin Tigers 4 (September 2, 2014)

by on Sep.02, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Kubo, Yasutomo (YOK) 11-6, 4.01 - Messenger, Randy (HAN) 11-8, 3.05

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

Attendance: 29616 | Time: 3h5m | Hanshin leads series, 13-4-0

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[9/1/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.02, 2014 @ 1:38 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura's next start will most likely come on the 4th against Hiroshima. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi is scheduled to have surgery to treat his dislocated right middle finger on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 9/1/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Suguru Iwazaki joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Monday. He could get a start during the Yokohama series that begins on the 2nd at Koshien. Source: Sponichi 9/1/2014
  • Hiroaki Saiuchi and Kazuya Takamiya were added to the active roster on Sunday. They will be used out of the bullpen. Source: Sanspo 9/1/2014
  • Shintaro Yokota hit three home runs in Sunday's Ni-gun game against Chunichi: two-run home run of Kentaro Nishikawa in the 2nd, two-run home run off Takahiro Kawasaki in the 4th, and a two-run home run off Kento Yachi in the 7th. Source: Daily Sports 9/1/2014
  • Sponichi: The Tigers are planning to offer Tsuyoshi Nishioka a contract after the season. They also like Hiroyuki Nakajima. If he decides to return to Japan, Hanshin will most likely offer him a contract. It would be Nishioka at second and Nakajima at third. Source: Sponichi 9/1/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda is slated to start Wednesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014
  • The Carp finished August 15-10-1. It was the second time this year they finished a month with fifteen or more victories (16-8-0 in April). Hiroshima has recorded fifteen or more victories in a month twice in one season two other times: 1994 and 1996. Source: Sports Hochi 9/1/2014 ... Hiroshima is ten games above .500 (62-52-2) after the end of August. The last time they were at least ten games above .500 after August was when they went 61-47-0 in 1996. Source: Sanspo 9/1/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto will most likely get a start during the Hanshin series that begins on the 5th at Nagoya Dome. He practiced at Nagoya Dome on Monday. He will not be with the team when they travel to Kanto for the Yakult series that begins on the 2nd. Source: Sponichi 9/1/2014Sponichi 9/1/2014Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014
  • The Dragons lost twenty games in August. The last team to lose twenty or more games in a month was Rakuten with twenty-one in August 2005. The NPB record of twenty-two losses in one month was set by Kintetsu in August 1961. Four teams, including the August 2014 Dragons, hold the Central League record of twenty: Kokutetsu (May 1953, August 1962), Yosho (August 1954), and Hanshin (August 1990). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014 ... The Dragons stepped into their first six-game losing streak at Nagoya Dome on Sunday for the first time since 2002. It was the first time they lost six of six at Nagoya Dome since 1997. Source: Sports Hochi 9/1/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars won their second straight series against the Yomiuri Giants on Sunday for the first time since 2006. They also finished August 14-10. The last time they won fourteen or more games in a month was when they went 14-11 in August 2000. Source: Sponichi 9/1/2014

[8/31/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.01, 2014 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Itaru Hashimoto tied an NPB record by striking out five times during Saturday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars (fourteenth player in NPB history, eighth in Central League history). He also joined Koji Uehara (2000) and Toshihisa Nishi (2005) as the only players in franchise history to strike out five times in one game. Hashimoto fell one strikeout short of tying the Central League record for strikeouts in consecutive trips to the plate with seven (two on Friday and five on Saturday). Davey Johnson holds the CL record with strikeouts in eight straight plate appearances in June 1975. Source: Sponichi 8/31/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are planning to offer Matt Murton and Mauro Gomez contracts for the 2015 season. Formal negotiations will not begin until after the season. Source: Daily Sports 8/31/2014
  • Gomez was named a fruit ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Japan. He was given the title from Hector Dominguez, ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Japan. Source: Daily Sports 8/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred was taken off the active roster on Sunday to make room for Bryan Bullington. Source: Sports Hochi 8/31/2014 ... Eldred was also diagnosed with a right knee contusion on the 29th. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014 ... The Carp considered taking Deunte Heath off the active roster instead of Eldred, but decided not to after another solid outing on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 8/31/2014
  • Bullington and Tsubasa Aizawa will be taken off the active roster due to injuries.  Allen Kuri and Yoshikazu Kura will most likely be called up to take their spots.

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014
  • The Dragons set a new franchise record for losses in one month with nineteen on Saturday.  The previous high of eighteen was set in September 1948 and tied on August 1964 and August 1997. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014 ... The Dragons lost another game on Sunday and finished August 7-20-0. They are the first Central League team to lose twenty games in a month since Hanshin in August 1990. Twenty losses by a team in one month is most in CL history. Source: Sponichi 8/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars managed to collect 132,5584 yen from fans between the 29th and 31st. The money, including one million yen from the players groups, will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society for Hiroshima landslide relief. Source: Sponichi 8/31/2014
  • Masayuki Kuwahara has two walk-off hits against the Yomiuri Giants this season: August 5 off Kentaro Nishimura and August 30 off Scott Mathieson. He joined Robert Rose in 1994 (April 12 off Hiroshi Ishige and September 23 off Masumi Kuwata) as the only players in franchise history to record two walk-off hits against the Giants in one season. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014, Sanspo 8/31/2014

[8/30/2014] Injury Report: Seiichi Uchikawa (Softbank), Wladimir Balentien (Yakult)

by on Aug.31, 2014 @ 3:56 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano threw forty-one pitches in the bullpen on Friday -- fourteen to a standing catcher and twenty-seven to a half-bent catcher.  He had not tossed a session since the 21st due to discomfort in his lower back.  He is slated to pitch three innings in a Ni-gun rehab game on September 4 against Lotte at Giants Stadium. Source: Sponichi 8/30/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka might be able to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game some time in early September, based on his current progress. Source: Sponichi 8/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred tweaked his right knee while chasing after a baseball in foul territory in the 9th inning of Friday's game against the Chunichi Dragons. He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya and diagnosed with a knee contusion. Eldred was able to participate in pre-game workouts on Saturday and made the starting line-up at first, batting clean-up. Source: Daily Sports 8/30/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiko Morino felt discomfort in his left leg while running the bases in the bottom of 10th inning of Friday's game against Hiroshima and left on defense in the top of the 11th as a precaution. He was left out of the starting line-up on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 8/30/2014, Sanspo 8/30/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/30/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow) can only play catch. The Dragons have been unable to set a timetable on his return because he is still not ready to toss bullpen sessions or do long-distance throwing. Best case scenario: he could resume bullpen sessions in mid-September at the earliest. If he cannot make it back in time for the regular season, the Dragons could let him pitch during the Phoenix League. Source: Sports Hochi 8/30/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien did not make the starting line-up on Saturday against the Hanshin Tigers because of pain in his left Achilles tendon. Source: Sponichi 8/30/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa did not play in Saturday's game against the Rakuten Eagles because his neck was most likely giving him problems (from the diving catch he made on Thursday). Source: Sanspo 8/30/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/30/2014

[8/30/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Aug.31, 2014 @ 3:44 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yuya Kubo is slated to start Sunday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars. It will be his first start since September 26, 2009. Source: Sponichi 8/30/2014
  • The Giants recorded complete-game shutouts in back-to-back games on Thursday (Hirokazu Sawamura vs Hanshin) and Friday (Tetsuya Utsumi vs Yokohama) for the first time since 2005 -- June 30, Koji Uehara against Yakult and July 1, Hisanori Takahashi against Hiroshima. Source: Sponichi 8/30/2014, Daily Sports 8/30/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome was awarded the Sanspo Hanshin Tigers Series MVP on Friday.  The series took place over fifteen home games between July 21 and August 21 this year. Sanspo 8/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kam Mickolio picked up his twentieth save of the season during Saturday's game against the Chunichi Dragons and joined Yutaka Ono (three years between 1991 and 1993) and Katsuhiro Nagakawa (four years between 2006 and 2009) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record three or more consecutive seasons with twenty or more saves. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/30/2014
  • Daichi Osera used an application called Ubersense to help him work out some issues with his pitching mechanics. Source: Sponichi 8/30/2014

Chunichi Dragons

[8/29/2014] Injury Report: Brad Eldred (Hiroshima), Wladimir Balentien (Yakult)

by on Aug.30, 2014 @ 12:09 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right middle finger) is currently slated to pitch three innings in his first Ni-gun rehab game on September 4 against Lotte. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014 ... Sugano tossed a bullpen session at Giants Stadium on Friday.  He threw forty-one pitches. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai was taken off the active roster on Friday with pain in his lower back. Source: Sponichi 8/29/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred tweaked his right knee while chasing a foul ball during a game against the Chunichi Dragons on Friday.  The incident took place in the bottom of the 9th with runners on first and second and two out.  Eldred was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Nagoya for tests. Source: Sponichi 8/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien tweaked his left Achilles tendon while running the bases in the 1st inning of Friday's game against the Hanshin Tigers.  He was removed from the game on defense in the 3rd as a precaution.  He is a question mark for Saturday's game. Source: Sanspo 8/29/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa banged his face into the turf and tweaked his neck as he made a diving catch in the 1st inning of Thursday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  He played through to the 4th inning and was pulled on defense in the 5th.  He was questionable for Friday, but ended up making the starting line-up as a designated hitter. Source: Sponichi 8/29/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ryo Watanabe took a batted ball off his face during practices on the 24th and suffered a nasal bone fracture.  The Fighters announced on Thursday that he was going to have surgery on September 4 to treat the fracture.  He will be able to resume workouts as soon as the swelling goes down.  Watanabe was able to play in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on the 26th (designated hitter, batted lead-off, went 0-for-4), but opted for surgery because he was having problems with his day-to-day life. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014

[8/29/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Aug.29, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura picked up his first shutout of the season on Thursday.  He became the first pitcher in franchise history to record at least one shutout in four consecutive seasons, beginning with his first year, since Koji Uehara did it over five seasons between 1999 and 2003. Source: Sponichi 8/29/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez has struck out 134 times so far this year.  The franchise record of 153 strikeouts in one season was set by Craig Brazell in 2010. Source: Sanpso 8/29/2014
  • The Tigers want to strengthen their pitching staff during the off-season.  Orix's Chihiro Kaneko (30), in addition to Chunichi's Daisuke Yamai (36) and Nippon Ham's Naoki Miyanishi (29) are among the arms Hanshin is interested in. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda's next start will most likely come on five days of rest on September 3 against Yomiuri at Maebashi. Source: Daily Sports 8/29/2014
  • There are rumors that Kenjiro Nomura is not interested in signing an extension for the 2015 season.  If he does not return next year, general/bench coach Koichi Ogata could step in. Source: ZakZak 8/29/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Twenty-six players spent time collecting donations for Hiroshima landslide relief at five different locations outside Yokohama Stadium before Friday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  The players will continue collecting donations over the weekend. Source: Sports Hochi 8/29/2014, Daily Sports 8/29/2014